Today was a great day for Jenny and our little girls. Hospital visits are so hard for our childen, especially since it is hard for them to carry on a one-way conversation with mom. They are so excited to visit mom up until they see her motionless and expressionless in her bed. At that point, they get a little anxious and quiet. Today, they got to go see Jenny in a more upright position and go outside in a beautiful garden area with their mom. There had a pond with fish and turtles which made the kids run around all crazy and come to Jenny in excitement while they told of the turtles. For a second, it seemed like they forgot about mom being at a hospital. Jenny needed this experience with the kids today, plus it was the first time being outside her room (except for medical transport- but that was not too fun).
Jenny also got her hair washed for the first time since her stroke. She loved every minute of it. She has been bothered by her hair, but she seemed more satisfied today. She indicated that she wanted her legs shaved, but changed her mind after I took one pass at her with a razor. I did not cut her, but I’m sure I did something wrong. Jenny seems to be experiencing more pain in various parts of her body. It is hard to not be able to do much about it. We massage, try to reposition her, and make sure she gets medications when needed, but I doubt she can ever get any too comfortable. It hurts me to see distress on her face. I try to run through a list of things that have bothered her in the past, which usually works, but sometimes fail to figure out what she needs. I feel the need to apoligize all the time for not knowing what to do for her- and for never being able to put her glasses on her without accidentally catching the nose pieces on her nostrils. I am not the only one who has that problem, so I don’t feel too bad about the glasses part.