Clearing Up

When I returned this afternoon Janet was awake and had taken her sock off again. She kind of laughed about it when I asked her why. I tried to get her to do the right foot but it was a no go. Janet got very chatty and I got feeling so bad about not being able to understand her that I went and talked to the nursing team to see if any of them could understand Klingon. They were all sympathetic and said it’s different with every patient and they had no way of deciphering what Janet was saying if I couldn’t. Maybe Connie or Nicole will have some insight tomorrow.

I was going to stretch Janet a little but she made it very clear she did not want to so I declared today a rest day. It will be interesting to see how she is tomorrow. I had Janet drive around the rehab unit a bit to get the blood flowing then I asked her if she wanted a Pepsi, she said yes. I thickened a little bit up and she didn’t react quite as badly as she has with other things but still a little funny face before swallowing. She was from five to ten seconds on her swallowing today and I reminded her she needs to be at two seconds to start eating real food. I think she understood that. We looked at some pictures on the iPad and I asked her to identify people in each picture. She did very well and either said Janet or pointed to her chest when she saw herself. The weather cleared off nicely and we headed out for an unexpected walk to the beach and around the neighborhood. Janet kept me company while I moved the car out of the two hour zone and down to the beach. She didn’t want to drive anywhere. Someday I’ll get her home. Shortly into our walk she motioned to put her hood on and I asked her if she was OK. She said, “I’m cold”. I asked her if she wanted to keep walking or go back to her room. She said “keep walking”.

Half way through our walk we saw a car virtually buried in leaves and thought it looked Fall enough for a picture.

Back inside I asked Janet if she wanted to stay in the dining area for a while or go back to her room. She said, “go back to room”. Her speech is definitely getting clearer when she is prompted to talk, the Klingon dominates when she is initiating the conversation.

Janet was looking pretty sleepy as soon as she hit the pillow, I started her dinner and talked to her a little, trying to convince her to let me read to her but by 5:30 she was asleep and I was on my way home.

Praying for a restful night and a day full of learning and progress tomorrow.

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