Always so wonderful to read about her progress! Thanks for checking in
Rimbey Hospital is what she posted on Facebook.Yup. She’s heading back to the facility near home.
Lee's eyesight has been a bit sketchy as you all know. So one of the things I did while visiting Lee was catch her up on FSU. I took my laptop and I asked her what threads she wanted caught up in and I'd read them to her. Lee would comment occasionally, for those of you who remember how she wrote.........use your imagination.Lee is still in Red Deer. We had a nice visit from PatC and her husband at the end of April, and Lee really perked up for a bit.
She got one today.Will we be able to resume our flower deliveries while she is there?
Still a few deliveries to go - I"m thinking about 4.
Glad there is so much improvement Gerry. I am wondering if you have consulted with an accupuncturist re: her mouth.Hi guys!
Things continue to move right along, here... Lee is eating everything at every meal, is working on her strength and is generally more alert and focused every day. I got her some of those 'one-reader' reading glasses (yeah, I know... I went to Walmart in Denver to buy some sneakers and they were hanging at the cashier)... anyway, they sort of work to let her focus, so you might see her online a bit more.
She made me a card today, wish I could share it with you, but it's nice. She wrote inside it "Just because I love you - Lee". On cue: "Awwww..."
Another batch of flowers arrived today from 'Her friends on FSU"... thank you to those who are doing this... they really brighten up her room and her spirits.
Tonight, her care aides "took her swimming"... hauled her off to the big tub for a long soak and bath... banished me to the TV room for an hour. She will sleep well tonight. Good thing, too... the other night, when I was in Denver, she called 4 times through the night. Just wanted to talk; couldn't sleep; was lonely; missed my face... good thing the next day was a travel day, so I could sleep on the plane.
I'm done work for the summer, so I'll be able to stay with her more; I plan on lots of physio with her; because I'm a little more aggressive than the physio people, we'll see how that goes. My long-forgotten biomechanics and physiology training is going to get some exercise...
We have to work on getting her vision sorted out (Optometrist appointment in early July, these readers were only a stopgap), are going to work on legs (straightening knees, has some hamstring contractures to stretch out) and ankles (has some calf (gastroc/soleus/achilles) contractures to stretch out, and one foot (plantar fascia is overly tight, gives her ballerina foot) before we can think about getting upright. We will work on more core strength and also try to remediate her neck for range of motion.
She can't open her mouth much... it looks like a closed-lock situation, like you can get with jaw dislocation. She can open her mouth enough to eat (sort of... not enough to chew, so no teenburger yet. Blender food.) and to talk. Other than that, she can't get a spoon in there, can't chew, and has no sideways motion in her lower jaw, which is likely muscle spasm. She suffered some stress there in her last surgery, when they had to pry her open to re-establish a failed airway, so I'm thinking she may be suffering from anterior displacement of her TMJ discs. We have some options with that, and I'll keep learning about it ... the docs don't seem to be very 'up' on that particular issue... and we just AREN'T looking for more surgery right now; having a closed mouth makes intubation a nightmare.
Gawd, look at me... trying to make it so she can open her mouth more. After all these years of telling her to close it...
Anyway, things are good here. I'll let you know how things keep progressing.
Thanks for being there for us!