It has been a larger than normal break between updates. Jenny has had some difficult nights that lead into difficult and emotional days where rehab is hindered by her anxiety and sadness. Regardless of the reason, she will tense up and be impossible to move if something is troubling her. Jenny indicated to her sister that her needs were not being taken care of at night, so I have stayed at the hospital with her the past two nights. The first night was a nightmare. I feel bad it took me this long to stay up with her. She was not cared for very well by the night nurse, who was from a nursing temp agency. I also realized that she was waking up at 4 or 5 am each day, so by the time I got there after getting Zach off to school, she had spent too long alone. She is blind without her glasses, but only one or two nurses have ever put them on for her. That leaves her with only her hearing. Most people are unable to really know what she wants or understand her blinks.
Jenny has had some great things since I have helped ease her stress by being there 24/7. She has eaten a whole range of puree foods. Puree chicken is her least favorite, but I commned her willingness to try it. She liked Mashed potatoes until she ate them for 6 meals in a row. She liked pudding and puree fruit but her favorite was some chocolate that smuggled in after getting peer pressure to try it by her friends. Shr rocks at swallowing and she is getting better at moving food from the front to the back of her mouth. Her mouth opens wide and she has so much more muscle tone and expression in her face. Her right leg can almost lift straight out and her left arm is getting to be stronger. Her neck has been a difficult issue. Her neck is pulling her head to the left and she spends so much time that way that she is getting pressure sores. We have to hold her head for up to 1-2 hours to give her relief sometimes. It is a true fight to do so, but she keeps indicating that she wants us to keep doing it. Jenny is at a new hospital in Indy. We are at Community Hospital East. I need to hurry back so I will write more later.