Jenny has had difficult evenings for the past 2-3 nights to where her pulse and oxygen saturation levels are of concern, but she is relatively stable. They have her on monitors, but they feel that most of it is due to anxiety related to breathing problems. A humidifier, of sorts, has seemed to help this problem. Jenny has eaten a few soft/puree foods that include mash potatoes, yogurt, and pudding. Once the food gets moved to the back of her mouth, she swallows with no problem. I was told to let her practice chewing by biting on a piece of Twisler candy. She accidentally bit a small piece off and when I told her to open so I could get it, she closed tight, smiled big and swallowed it. She did not choke, so I felt better.
She still is frustrated and has difficulties trying to communicate. Her communication device is too sensative for her because the sensor has to be just so. Her head also moves to the left and she struggles to watch a screen since she only has verticle eye movement. When her body is not stiffening, she has been able to move most parts of her body to small degrees. I find that she is still quite exhausted from sitting in a wheel chair and these types of exercises, but I assume that is normal.