Renovation Day 17. I bought some lights and Randy got ready to build drawers. The place is looking great!
I was a little surprised to see Janet up when I got to Connect today. Often after swimming she’s pretty wiped but today she was quite cheery and energetic. Last night she was arguing a little about going swimming so I’m really glad she went today. Jess reported that there was some emotion on display at the pool but Janet didn’t relay anything about it to me and said that overall it was good. Just before I arrived she had asked Jess to get her into the Standing Frame so she “could get it over with”. I had her make “our” NFL picks for the week while she stood and we chatted with Jess for most of the rest of the time.
After a little break Janet agreed to get the Shuttle over with as well and she put in a very good performance. Her extension on each push is just over eleven inches now on both legs and her last set was using both legs to push five bands of tension which I think is close to eighty pounds. She’s getting there. Since Janet was in a good mood after the Shuttle I had her try some free standing and putting some weight on her right leg. She had a really good attitude about trying and overcame some of her confidence deficit to try taking a few steps forward. She was hanging on to me for that part of course and managed a couple of attempts without having a death grip on me. Baby steps.
Brian stopped by for a little chat as we left the gym and it was good to catch up with him. He seems pleased with Janet’s progress and will join us at the Botox appointment next week. That brought us to dinner time that started with just Janet and I and ended with Wes, Humberto and the new guy, Curtis. To avoid confusion with staff member Curtis I will refer to resident Curtis as Big Country as he is a twin of Bryant Reeves. I started calling him that as soon as we met and showed him a picture of Reeves in his Vancouver Grizzlies days. He thought it was funny for a few days but yesterday asked me to not call him that. I’m taking literary license and doing it here though and consider it a compliment anyways. The reason I mention all this is because Janet showed something tonight I’ve not seen since she got sick. Big Country has a very soft voice and had to call for assistance a number of times before he was heard. After he got the assistance he needed Janet wasn’t convinced he was OK so instead of leaving the table like we were about to she insisted on asking Big Country if he was OK. She asked him repeatedly in a very motherly tone with a smile on her face that showed genuine caring. It was beautiful.
With her exercises complete Janet chose to watch the World Series knowing we have to cheer for both teams so we were guaranteed a win. She made an excellent 180 degree transfer from her wheelchair to the couch barely hanging onto me and repeated it when the game was over. She also drank her entire bottle of water during the two hours we watched the game without me nagging her once. I found an easy to see Tic Tac Toe app for the iPad and Janet played that without assistance for a little while. She chose to get ready for bed then have me read to her. This time she stayed awake while I read and was able to dissect what she heard reasonably well.
Praying for a big sleep tonight and a day of learning and progress tomorrow.