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

Renovation Day 57. Randy worked from home today while I hung a few more pictures and cleaned some areas up. I was also able to retrieve our wine and spirits from Barb and Gary’s house now that we have a place to put it. Thanks for looking after it you guys!

Janet was all snuggly in bed still when I got to Connect around four. Her day had not been as physically demanding as I had hoped but she was tired from some mental exercise. She attended a group meeting this morning which seems to be helping her come to terms with what has happened to her as I asked her what she talked about there and she said, “why I’m here, because of my aneurysm, X Ray, last year”. Made me laugh but also proud that she could say that. Unfortunately because of other things going on in the house that meeting took Janet’s gym time away which meant she had a very busy evening with me.

Allowed to choose the order of her exercises it was off to the bike first where Janet put in a solid performance while enjoying singing along to some familiar songs on the radio. Dinner provided a break and a chance to build some energy but the best item on her plate for that she’s decided she doesn’t like anymore. Janet used to gobble up any Quinoa dish but is now adamantly saying no to it. Too bad, because its really good for her.

Next up was sling walking and when Janet figured out what she’d gotten herself into she was none too happy. Big Country and Willie were in the room with her, Curtis and I and they cheered her on to the point where she worked really hard and showed good improvement from the last time I saw her doing this. Her right leg requires assistance still and Janet needs to trust the sling more but she’s getting there. To help her gain some trust we let her hang in the sling and try to get back to her wheelchair from about ten feet away. She made it but we don’t want to encourage doing that, we just want her to know she can’t fall.

The last exercise of the day was in the form of the Standing Frame and Janet stood very straight and strong for forty five minutes earning a dessert of mandarin oranges and Tootsie Rolls as we watched The Voice. That was pretty much the only time she stopped in the six and a half hours I was with her today and a lot of her work was hard. I had left a note for Garrett and Jess that Janet was not using her wheelchair footrest around the house and she didn’t all day. I thought all she could handle was the short trips from her room to the kitchen or living room but she went once all the way to the gym then again even farther to the parallel bars for sling walking. Of course there was lots of complaining and saying “I can’t” but she did it and is getting better at it already. Janet is not propelling with her right leg at all but is managing to move it in concert with the left one. A big improvement.

All of Connect was talking about Janet’s singing session with John today as Big Country and Kieran joined them for some Christmas Carolling. Janet said it was a lot of fun and those that I talked to that heard them said they were pretty good. Hopefully they will perform at the Christmas party coming up in a couple of weeks.

Praying for a night of uninterrupted and healing sleep that provides Janet with lots of energy for more exercises tomorrow.

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

Renovation Day 53. I finally got the dining room light installed and purchased what I hope will be good replacements for the way too hot halogen lamps under the cabinets. LED all the way baby. Randy came in and did the backsplash in both bathrooms and is almost done cutting, priming and spraying the shelves and doors for the kitchen.

To my surprise Janet was in bed when I got to Connect. I thought she’d be packed and waiting for me so she could go home for the weekend. She told me she thought maybe I changed my mind about when I was coming to get her so she decided to have a little rest. Her day had been busy starting with a shower, breakfast, The Shuttle, stretching, lunch then Sling Walking. I think a rest was totally appropriate. I’m not hearing any real complaining about the workouts now, they are still hard and they tire her out but there has been a shift in attitude and I think it’s due to Janet realizing she is making progress.

We stopped at Save On for some supplies then hung out at home where I encouraged Janet to do as much on her own as possible. She was able to get herself a glass of water, get numerous cooking tools for me, access the fridge and freezer, set the table and started to learn how to operate the cooktop and the oven. She never once complained about not being able to do something and went about each task determined to get it right.

Sitting down having dinner gave us a chance to look closely at our new house and Janet is very pleased with how it’s turning out. One thing we haven’t figured out yet is the furniture configuration in the living area and Janet came up with a good suggestion tonight that we’ll try for a while and see how it goes. The first test for it came as we watched X Factor and I think she may be on to something. We enjoyed the show and Janet came up with a very valid analysis as we discussed the results. We questioned how her choice to win it all ended up in the bottom three and Janet surmised that perhaps it was because she performed first and by the time everyone else had gone they forgot about her. I thought that was brilliant and very possible. As to why my choice was eliminated, Janet agreed that she just never moved out of her comfort zone enough to win a broader audience. Janet doesn’t always look like she’s engaged in something but tonight’s discussion is proof that the wheels are always turning and producing useful and retrievable data.

The bedtime routine was easier tonight as they are fewer things to trip over in the bathroom and bedroom. Janet will try the left side of the bed again this weekend and I think she can figure out how to manoeuvre from that side just fine.

I feel blessed to have Janet home this weekend and we look forward to sharing it with Laurel starting tomorrow. Praying for a deep and healing sleep tonight and lots of energy and a positive attitude for tomorrow.

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

Renovation Day 34. A day off for me as I spent the entire day with my beautiful wife. Randy was at the house for at least part of the day working on kitchen cabinets. Hopefully he took some family time as well.

Since the Seahawks were playing at the ridiculous time of 10am I was at Connect early to watch the game with Janet. She had just finished breakfast and was enjoying her coffee when I got there and when I told her it was almost game time she chugged back her coffee and wheeled into the living room. If only she’d inhale water like that. The game was over fairly early with Seattle dominating. I missed our first touchdown while talking to Curtis and Jess but Janet cheered and called me to come watch and I got the replay. It wasn’t that long ago that Janet would have to have been told what just happened, now she’s right on it.

With the game in hand and the house quiet, Jess and Curtis and I got Janet upstairs to the parallel bars for some sling walking. I truly believe Janet wants to walk one day and is starting to realize that isn’t going to magically happen. She worked very hard during this session, even to the point of sweating, and all the way through I could see determination on her face and less frustration. Hopefully we can make a real strong push over the next few weeks and build her confidence and strength.

Before lunch Janet had a nice Skype chat with Leslie as far as volume level goes. There was a moment where Janet confused Leslie with Heather as she always seems to have but she recovered nicely. Lunch was with Curtis, Jess, Humberto and Kieran so there was lots of chatter which is always good. A staff member in one of the other houses is a big Saskatchewan Roughriders fan so had a viewing party for their game this afternoon and Janet and I watched the last quarter with Chris, Mark and a few others. Some of the CFL rules are truly goofy but it was entertaining and Janet came within a field goal of winning some prizes in the Pool. That was a good warm up for the Grey Cup in a couple weeks.

After a little convincing Janet agreed to a bike ride. Once again stating she wouldn’t do very well and once again breaking her previous record. This is the first time she’s gone thirty minutes and she did so strongly while singing along to a number of different songs as they came on the radio. I’ve printed off the lyrics of some of them so her and John can sing them on Tuesday.

Throughout the day Janet had many opportunities to converse with other residents and staff and she did so often. I find myself really watching her as she interacts on her own and I feel a little like a parent watching a child grow up. Praying for a night of uninterrupted sleep and an increase in confidence in her physical abilities.