visits with the girls

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.

12 comments

  1. Hey Mark — definitely don’t feel bad about the glasses part. Half the time I can’t get my OWN glasses on without doing that!

    That’s great about getting outside! I think sometimes we can forget just how wonderful the little things are, be it fresh air, a little sunshine, or clean hair…

    Tell Jenny that Marcie and I send our love and prayers! (And Missy said I should send a CD, too, so let Jenny know I’ll be getting right on that.)

  2. Mark Thank you so much for keeping us posted as to Jenny’s condition. I don’t know how you do it all. Please send our love to yourself and Jenny and the children. Our prayers are with you! Love, Judy

  3. Mark, thank you for sending me the link to this website. It’s been great to see the updates on Jenny. Please give her my love, and let her know I’m thinking about her constantly. If you need anything, please let me know.

    Lynne Hurley

  4. We wanted to also thank you for the web site. We log in everyday and often through out the day go and read the entries again. Jenny and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Along with the extended families. Thank you again, Much love, Harry, Whitney and the rest of the gang

  5. After reading Mark’s comments about the razor, I had an image of Mark in my mind. Picture this…Mark is in his scout uniform standing in the woods. In one hand he is holding a razor and in the other hand he is holding a very large hatchet. He has a word bubble over his head that says, “Hmmmm, if it takes 20 minutes to do the job with this razor think how fast I could accomplish the same job with this hatchet!” With that image in mind, Jenny, I have two words for you. Those two words are: electric razor!! That is all I have to say about that. You all take care! Love ya, Mary

  6. Wanted to let you know we too have had Jenny and all of you in our thoughts and prayers. We really do appreciate the updates as to her progress each day.I know the Lord will be with you and will hold you in his loving arms. Mark, we thank you again for taking the time to let us share in this tremendous chapter in your lives. We will continue to pray as we have been doing each day and night. With our love Brother & Sister Tyring Margie & Jerry

  7. Hi, Mark, Jenny and kids – -just wanted to say thanks again for this web page – I also check it at least a million times a day for Mark’s great updates and to see Jenny’s progress every single day. I love and appreciate your humor – – and Mary Alcorn’s as well – – I can see your peace and your faith in every work you write – thanks for helping us all heal right along with you!

    Sure Luv ya —

    Sherry

  8. Mark:

    I’m am good friends with Jenny’s family from years ago. Jenny’s father was my family’s home teacher (a very faithful home teacher!). Anyway, I heard about Jenny’s situation and have included her in my prayers. I’m sure you and your family will experience many miracles. I wish you the best.

    Best Regards,
    Mike Smiley

  9. Jenny,

    Didn’t you let Mark try this once before when you were overly pregnant? YIKES!
    I meet a friend of yours yesterday. I assured her that your husband is a good guy that really loves you and is capable of caring for your needs. Now how do I explain this?
    Jake say’s Hi and that he really wants to see You (and Zack).
    Kage and Jo send their love also.
    Love Ya,
    Margot

  10. Jenny,

    Didn’t you let Mark try this once before when you were overly pregnant? YIKES!
    I meet a friend of yours yesterday. I assured her that your husband is a good guy that really loves you and is capable of caring for your needs. Now how do I explain this?
    Jake say’s Hi and that he really wants to see You (and Zack).
    Kage and Jo send their love also.
    Love Ya,
    Margot

  11. Mark and family – you are an inspiration. You are in our thoughts and prayers (and since everything’s bigger in Texas maybe that’ll count for something). We look forward to reading about Jenny’s continued progress.

  12. Jenny, Jane Morris just told me about this website. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to get these updates and happy to hear of your current successes. You are in my prayers and in my thoughts. Glad your back home. Your family is so great to have thought of this web site. LOL

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