A pretty good visit with Janet today. She didn’t seem quite as bright but there were moments of radiance for sure and no naps!
I arrived shortly after two and got a little smile of recognition from her as she sat in her wheelchair. I moved her into bed so I could do some stretching. Her left leg and right arm are still problematic and as I tried to make a fist with her right hand she winced in pain. Surprisingly when I stretched out her right leg she actually cried. I took it easy on her after that and got her seated on the edge of the bed. Once she was sitting up straight her whole mood changed. You could see the lights coming on and her awareness improving. I stood her up a few times and noted she is able to stand much straighter than previous and really seems to enjoy that. Next up was the new wheelchair which hadn’t been used for a few days therefore today wasn’t her best effort but it was decent. We took a quick walk to the beach as I didn’t want her to be late for dinner. Janet was very aware of the people at the beach as well as the flowers we pass by on our walk. I often stop and let her look at them and touch them, this time she reached out without any prompting to have a feel and look at one.
Back in bed and plugged in for dinner I was expecting her to fall asleep, but no, wide awake the whole time. We used the iBlackboard, practiced sign language, played the abc song on the iPad, tried a few different things on the Naming Therapy app and tried to speak. She was not stellar at any activity but is quite interested in the iBlackboard and the Naming Therapy apps. We will keep practicing. I got one yes sign on command today but still not in response to a question. The best part of the visit was when I got two kisses on command! I got two because the first one was kinda awkward (as first kisses usually are). I didn’t expect her to actually do it and I was a little too far away to make contact but the second one I was ready as she moved in and puckered up. The sweetest thing about it was I asked her again half an hour later and all I got was a ” are you kidding” look.
Had a little chat with Dr. Price and he confirmed Janet did not pass the swallowing test. She needs to follow commands better to have a chance at it. He did agree to write an order for Dr. McCann to come and see Janet and assess her rehab potential. Pray hard y’all.
I tucked her in and headed home just after 7:30, she was finally getting sleepy. Praying for a restful and healing night and productive and active day tomorrow.