road trip

Janet, A Success Story. March 7. #TSJ

Road trip day! Janet was up in time to have a bath this morning after what she said was a so, so sleep. I beg to differ after the day she put in. We got on the road early to avoid any stress about missing the ferry at Horseshoe Bay and left the Okanagan sunshine expecting to hit rain before too long. It never happened really. I fully expected Janet to fall asleep an hour into the drive but she was chatty and bright the entire four plus hours. Stopping twice for bathroom breaks and once for gas/lunch and we were in North Vancouver with a little time to spare. I suggested we drop by and see Nancy briefly and Janet was all over it. We parked in Nancy’s driveway and I helped Janet walk the twenty feet to the front door. There is only one step leading to the front door but it’s a little high and Janet didn’t want to try it so I knocked and stood waiting with Janet. Shannon answered, surprised, called her mom who came to the door with a huge smile of surprise. Janet was excited to see her and we had a nice little chat sitting on a bench before walking back to the car. As we drove to the ferry Janet said, “Nancy’s really nice, we are lucky to have her as a friend”. Indeed.

We found a comfy spot to sit on the ferry and settled in with Janet finally showing signs of needing sleep. She napped for maybe ten minutes only and spent the rest of the time chatting and watching the various kids seated around us. It was a pleasant trip and as we recapped the drive I just had to praise Janet on how impressed I was with her identifying Merritt as we drove by, Hope and Chilliwack as we drove through and recognizing a lot of other things along the way. This is a very different Janet from our last road trip.

Neither of us was hungry on the ferry but Janet was as we neared Nanaimo so we ordered a pizza to pick up and take to Mom’s. Janet must’ve been hungry as she out ate me three pieces to two! That pretty much did her in and she was in bed soundly sleeping by ten o’clock, fourteen hours after getting up and with only a ten minute nap. A so so sleep last night? No way.

Praying that Janet has a solid night of sleep and has just as much energy for Saturday as she had today. Praying for a safe and enjoyable trip to Port Alberni to see the cousins.

The Team Save Janet Report is Out! #TSJ #Roadtrip

Renovation Day 26. I thought today would be the start of clean up time but it turned out to be more mess making. I decided to remove the vanity in the main bathroom so Dave the painter can work easier and Randy continued sanding his drywall work. I’m very glad I never went into that business before. Messy. We also discovered another decision I need Janet’s help with. Backsplashes. I never thought about it until Randy mentioned it today so shopping we go again.

My arrival at Connect once again coincided with Janet’s nap time and she was awake when I snuck in. She had been on a big adventure the first past of the day as Jess drove Wes to his house in Armstrong and took Janet along with her. Janet said Wes and Roz have a beautiful home and they had lunch there including a big piece of pie. She thought the whole trip was fun and when I asked her at the end of the night what the best part of the day was, it was the trip to Wes and Roz’s house.

It was quickly back to reality and a bike ride at the Connect gym. Janet set another personal best today and seems to be taking to the bike really well. Since she was on a road trip earlier we’ll have to call this the day off as there was only time for the bike ride before going to church. Janet once again sat in a pew with me and stood a couple different times during this service. We decided to try a local Lake Country restaurant called Routes Grill for dinner tonight and it was pretty good.Janet ate a huge portion continuing her theme for the day as Jess said she ate lots of pancakes for breakfast then had a huge lunch at Wes’s house. She is a growing girl after all.

With an ice cream treat and her meds we sat down and watched a little TV as Janet quickly ran out of steam again. It makes it a lot easier to say good night to her when I know she’s really tired and should fall asleep right away and that’s certainly been the case lately.

Praying for a long night of deep sleep and an increase in strength and control of her right leg.

Road trip. Disaster Averted. #TSJ

Friday night I got Janet into bed a little late because of the nail painting but not too late, about 9:40 and she fell asleep almost instantly so you would think she’d wake up at her usual eight or eight thirty at the latest. Right? Wrong. I had to wake her at 9:30 so we could start getting ready for our road trip. She actually sprung into action quite quickly and I was glad for that because I felt bad about having to wake her and the only reason I had to get her going was we had an appointment to drop off the dog before we could hit the road. We had plenty of time to get to Vancouver otherwise. We thought we were empty nesters. Hah.

It was a glorious day for a drive, bright and sunny the whole way, sparkly lake, snow on the mountains. Stunning. Janet did well, sleeping for a couple of short bursts on the first leg which was a little over two hours. That got us to Hope for our scheduled lunch and gas stop. Janet shocked me by ordering a Beef Philly Dip Sandwich, something she would never have done prior to getting sick and she ate all but one tiny piece. She surprised me even more by turning down a chocolate milkshake for the road. She regretted that decision after tasting mine but I was nice and shared.

I guess that pit stop took a little longer than anticipated as we didn’t get into our hotel room until five. Fortunately we were late enough to have avoided the Second Narrows Bridge being closed due to a police incident. They opened it over an hour before we got there so most of the mess had been cleared up. That left forty minutes or so for Janet to have a nap before dinner. That was enough though and we met Jim and Nancy at our favorite sushi place, Genji Sushi, and enjoyed a really nice meal and visit with them. Janet carried on her trend of eating completely different things than she used to by enjoying some tempura to start the meal. Never would have gone near that before. The sushi was very good and remains one of the few things we miss about the coast.

I got Janet into bed after nagging her some more about drinking water. If anyone has suggestions as to how to get her to drink more without being nagged I’m listening. Also if anyone is campaigning against daylight savings time, I’m in. It’s a ridiculous and outdated practice, especially as I write this at eleven o’clock knowing its actually midnight. Goodnight.

Thanking God for all His creation and praying for a restful night that brings energy and brightness tomorrow.