History- September 2012

September 1
Larry Dieno

Many thanks to those that helped care for Janet while Laurel, Cam and I were away. Especially to Kiko who continues to bless Janet with loving attention and musical therapy. Congratulations on your first Physio session with her today Kiko! You are an invaluable part of this team. A huge thank you to Joel, Wendy, Twyla, Wayne, Kiko, Kyle and Nick for the thoughtful card of support and the gift cards! The iTunes one has been used to purchase an app for Janet that was recommended by the speech therapist. Laurel, Raj and I tried it out tonight and we feel it will be very useful and worth the investment. More info here. Naming Therapy

I love my wife. That’s all I can say.

Laurel and Raj arrived around 4:30 to find Janet very awake. They did a little stretching and some sign language practice with Janet doing well with the yes sign. Laurel read some Anne of Green Gables to Janet and there was one line that reads funnier than intended and Raj laughed at it which made Laurel laugh at it and they noticed a big smile on Janet’s face as well. Maybe we need to do some comedy therapy next. Their visit was very positive with Janet staying awake till about 6.

I arrived just after seven to a real pretty smile from my beautiful wife. One ongoing lesson from this ordeal is the reinforcement of “appreciate the small things”. A simple smile from her after not seeing her for thirty two hours was enough to fill my heart (and my eyes but we won’t talk about that). She was incredibly bright my whole visit and was following commands like crazy. Even with her nurse at snack time. I dare say Janet seems to really have stepped it up a notch or two these past few days. I’m really looking forward to my afternoon with her tomorrow.

Laurel and Raj are heading back to Calgary tomorrow where Cam is now as well. Praying for a safe drive for them and very grateful for the important work Laurel has done with her mom so far and for Raj being so supportive to both Janet and Laurel. Janet will miss Cam’s late night visits but maybe her sleep patterns will improve now smile

Really looking forward to tomorrow and thanking God for all we have been blessed with.
September 2
Larry Dieno

Laurel and Raju hung out with Janet for the first part of today before hitting the trail to cowtown.

Laurel gave Janet a good stretch then practiced sign language with her. That went well then Janet scribbled a bit on the iblackboard. Laurel feels Janet likes that app. She always has preferred old school stuff. Only a couple small naps for Janet before Laurel and Raj left just after noon.

Grateful for the opportunity to worship at Trinity this morning and welcoming some new members to the Team. Thank you Deb and Ramona for the promise of food for the freezer and I look forward to training Ramona on the range of motion exercises for Janet. If anyone else is able to visit Janet for thirty minutes or so at anytime and read or sing or tell jokes please let me know.

Looking forward to my visit this afternoon.
September 2
Larry Dieno


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.

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