This update is dedicated to my dad, Ralph Dieno, who passed away comfortably this morning in Nanaimo, BC. Thank you to all of the many friends that helped both him and my mom over the years. Your love and commitment has been an inspiration. I am grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to visit my dad over the last few months as despite his failing health we were able to talk about things we never talked about before and as you know, neither my dad or I are very big talkers. He was a very caring man who easily gave of anything he had to anyone he felt was in need.
Jessica was helping Janet get cleaned up and dressed for the day as I arrived this morning. Janet greeted me with a nice big smile despite being rolled around while being washed. She participated nicely in all aspects of getting herself ready. By the time we got out to breakfast everyone else was pretty much finished theirs but there was still plenty of time for some morning chatter. Janet ate half her yogurt and some applesauce and even tried a little peach juice. The coffee flavored Ensure was on her tray despite clear instructions to give strawberry or vanilla only. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. This was the first morning without a 6am tube feed and Janet ate more breakfast than I’m used to her eating including a few spoons full with her meds stirred in.
Moira and Robyn joined us at the breakfast table as Moria wanted to test Janet in the Arjo to see why nursing had stopped using it and what legitimate concerns they might have if any. When Janet was done eating and we shared some tears over my dad we headed off with Moira and Robyn to her room. Robyn had only used an Arjo once before so was a good guinea pig to see if she could screw it up. She got Janet all hooked up and lifted her out of her wheelchair no problem at all. Moira tried a few other configurations to see if Janet would be in any danger at all but all seemed good. She then brought Janet’s nurse for the day, Karen, in for a trial and she mentioned that they usually bring people all the way up to a standing position. That might be the problem as Janet can’t stand straight up nor does she need to. It seems to Moira and Robyn and Karen that if things are done properly for Janet the Arjo will work fine and we can get her onto toilet training. Here’s hoping.
I left Janet with Moira and Robyn who were going to do some stretching with her in the gym as we didn’t have time for that earlier.
Looking forward to an afternoon of progress.