Janet, A Success Story. June 5. #TSJ

Always able to surprise, Janet surprised again this morning by agreeing to go kayaking. She is registered with the CHRIS program who do adaptive hiking, biking and kayaking around the Okanagan. Janet was pressured into trying this somewhat and I’m glad she followed through. No surprise at all that she didn’t like it and doesn’t want to go again. I wasn’t able to be there and am awaiting pictures so you will have to settle for one of us and Big Country at the beach last night just before the pine cone fight.

Beasley Park, Wood Lake

Beasley Park, Wood Lake

Because of a number of appointments today and tomorrow Janet got to start her weekend today and instead of crossing off one appointment, another one was created. Janet has been complaining for a few weeks of a “plugged” left ear so we went to the doctor today. She has a lot of wax buildup in both ears and now has to go back Monday to get them flushed out. Good thing she mentioned it so we can remedy it before Ottawa.

I waited all day to get Janet home so we could watch the semi final tennis match between Genie Bouchard and Maria Sharapova. It was well worth the wait and Janet showed a much better awareness of what was happening than ever before. She could read the score easily each time I asked and she reacted appropriately to big plays as they happened. Fun to watch, Janet and the match.

The way the day was scheduled left no time for a nap so Janet was in bed asking me to read by 9:30 ish and was sleeping soundly by ten. Praying for a solid night of sleep and a productive Friday.

Hot Tubbing. Fun in the sun with the girls. #TSJJ

Unbeknownst to Janet, Heather and I drove out to Connect this morning so Heather could hang out with her mom before Laurel arrived. We got there as Janet was finishing breakfast and I sat with her for a minute then cued Heather for the surprise appearance. You can see the reunion on Keek. Janet seemed very bright and was talking well. She ended up going to the gym shortly after I left and had a solid workout with Lorne and Karl.

The girls all arrived home around one thirty with Janet all smiley and enjoying herself. She had quieted down quite a bit since the morning and seemed a little tired. It could be that she was a little overwhelmed having her two daughters all of a sudden here instead of just being talked about. She agreed to have a nap so she would be better able to enjoy the evening.

Happy hour took place out on the deck and I managed to carry Janet down there reasonably easily. Laurel and Heather had gotten all the patio furniture washed up during nap time so Janet was able to sit in a patio chair like she always did and have a nice visit in the sun. We convinced her to try the hot tub kind of by bribing her saying if she did and got a good stretch in there we wouldn’t have to stretch in the house later. Not sure if that’s why she agreed or not but into our bathing suits we got. Lifting her into the spa was easier than I thought it would be and Janet settled in quite nicely. The pool at KGH is thirty six degrees and our hot tub is thirty eight and those two degrees made a big difference. I was able to stretch both her legs out better than ever before and Laurel got some decent range on her right shoulder. There is barely enough room for Janet to float straight out on her back and as she did I was able to let go of her for about three seconds without her sinking. As expected, getting out was a bigger challenge but we managed and before doing so Janet stood with me in the middle of the tub and did some squats. The deepest ones I’ve seen her do. Warm water is magical.


Everyone pitched in to help make pizzas for dinner then we had a nice family chat with the last of the 2012 CedarCreek Riesling that had gone nicely with the pizzas. Janet was very tired but determined to stay up so that she didn’t miss anything. She finally agreed to go to bed and was snoring within seconds of the lights going out. Praying for lots of rest tonight and a bright and energetic tomorrow.