10 June 2013
Progress, of the Head and Bathroom kinds
We are making progress. Some fast, some slow, but both steady.
Our renovations are coming along. To be honest, when we started, I hadn't realised just how big a project it would become. Naive little me. Currently, we have a bathroom that is now about 60% finished, I think. We have a new bath installed, walls have been re-Gib'd (how do you write that?), bath/shower has been lined with ACP shower-liner, new plumbing has all been installed and the Gib-stopping is just about finished. Our lovely plasterer Phil will be finishing with the sanding tonight or tomorrow morning and then we will be ready to paint it. After that, we still have to slightly adjust the vanity, get new vinyl laid on the floor and put up the towel rails. It looks pretty different in there now!
Here's the house plans again, for your refreshment. (Remember the hand-drawn one is totally out of scale.) We have done the bathroom, are keeping the toilet, existing shower is still connected until we're ready to use the new one, the new wall will go up for the laundry/mudroom space and the new room (Baby's!) will be done last.
We've taken out the hot water cupboard, laundry cupboard and wall that separated the laundry from the short hallway, so we currently have an enormous laundry! It's quite nice to walk into such a big space! Last week Hayden and his Dad put up the new laundry door, so now instead of a short hallway, we have just a door. It's actually made a really big difference in heating the house - we hadn't realised how much heat got lost out to the external (glass) door!
The laundry is the next on the list. Here's my attempt at showing you which walls have been taken down. I think my attempts just make it harder to visualise...
Photos of the new door going into the hallway:
We've hit a slight snag in that the wall between the current shower and laundry - which falls bang-smack in the middle of the intended new room - is a braced wall. This means we need some expert input to see if we can brace the new walls instead or if the structure of the house needs the brace to be right where it is... This was unexpected because we thought the only load-bearing/structural walls were the ones running down the hallway.
So that's where we're at. I'd appreciate every single one of your prayers for these renovations to be finished (or finished enough!) by the end of July, so that I have some time to decorate Baby's new room! And relax...
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And now for a quick update (this post is long enough!) on the Progress of the Head kind. Hayden is doing pretty good. He is now working with an Occupational Therapist and last week we saw a Neurologist, both of whom have been really good in helping us to understand where we're at. The neurologist expressed surprise at an actual bruise on Hayden's brain, indicating just how severe the blow to his head was. However, he 'passed' a lot of the little tests, so he's making good progress. One tricky little reflex test shows that his brain still has the injury, so we're not clear yet. He said typically, a concussed person will make most of their recovery (80-90%?) in the first 3 months, and then over the next 1-3 years will make the rest of the recovery.
Hayden has now gone part time at school, teaching only his 2 senior Chemistry classes, which is really great and means he can rest a bit more. This will be in place until then end of the term, after which we'll review. In the mean time, Hayden occasionally has a headache - though not as often as I expected - and still struggles to cope with too much noise or interaction - like two students asking him questions at the same time. He also is dealing with fatigue.
I don't have any more interesting photos sorry - is face healed quite quickly, for all that it looked so gruesome at first! He now has two new pretty cool (he says) facial scars. And a dubious new facial hair arrangement...