May 27, 2004

We have had a great day with Jenny. Sophia has been asking to sit on Jenny’s lap, so we gave her a chance while they watched tv and Jenny had her hair brushed. The kids love to climb in bed with Mom and they get excited when they see her body move. Jenny asks for the kids to come hug her and she loves the contact. On the flip side, it is difficult to hear the kids get hurt and the instinctive reponse is to call for Mom. Jenny wants to comfort them so bad. The kids are sometimes allowing us to bring them to Jenny when they are hurt- especially when they just need hugs.

Jenny complains about not being able to sleep much. She does not appear to be sleeping ever. She states that she has not slept more than 1-2 hours at a time since her stroke. She also reports that she tends to not sleep at nights. She doesn’t sleep days, so I’m not sure what is going on. Her muscle spasms are still gone. I really think the Botox shots were wonderful. We worked on head movements today and Jenny was able to lift her head back and forward, left to right, and truning left to right. I held the back of her head for minimal support. She gave more than slight movement. I let go several times and she could move completely by herself! I get all teary eyed when these things happen. Jenny still is not pleased with her progress, but I think she feels good deep down.

7 comments

  1. Jenny it has been awhile since I have gone on line. I am soooooo pleased to hear about your progress, we are still praying for you. Jeannie

  2. Im glad that things are going better. I miss seeing you although we arent that close but im part of the youth and i care! i will keep you in my prayers.

  3. Jenny…Keep up the good work! Every litte bit is good. I am so happy that you are able to move the ways you are. I think that you are amazing. I am so excited for you.
    Mark…she will sleep..SHE WILL GET TIRED.
    Jenny..tonight is Expressions Banquet..I’kk fill you in tomarrow. Mikey got an award last night for concert chior. They sais that he really holds the guys in the choir together.
    I am glad that you are able to give the kids hugs. that has got to be great.
    Keep up the good work.
    I love you all!
    In love and faith
    janet

  4. Your family has been a true inspiration to everyone! I am so glad to hear about your continuous improvement! Let us know if there is anything that we can do to help.

  5. I keep hearing the words to “Love at Home” when I read these updates. Jenny — please “keep on keepin’ on” with those therapies – they are sooo important for you and for your family.

    Continued thanks to you, Mark, for letting us all be a part of your lives.

    Love, Sherry

  6. JENNY!!!!!!!!
    Banquet was great. the kids really had a great time during their last performance. As you know, we have both been there and it is just such a guft to have that. Mikey looked wonderful as usual. Jenny, he is such the performer. Like all of the rest of you.
    I hope all is well at home. The kids sound to be ajusting well. I hope you are to. It was propbably nice to have your familiar smells around you.
    I am still praying for you and your family and I love you all very much.
    In Love and Faith
    Janet

  7. JENNY……I KNOW IT IS TOUGH TO CONTINUE THERAPY, BUT IT IS NESSARY TO WORK ON GETTING BETTER. AS SOON AS YOU STOP, YOU REGRESS. KEPP THIS IN MIND WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE QUITTING. YOU HAVE MADE IT THOUGH THE SCARY STUFF. NOW IT IS JUST ALOT OF HARD WORK. NEVER GIVE UP.
    MARK……YOU ARE DOING A FINE JOB. THE LITTLE THINGS LIKE CARRING HER TO HER ROOM AND HAVING THE KIDS THERE TO GIVE HER HUGS IS ACTUALLY A BIG THING.THE EMOTIONAL HEALING THAT HAPPENS IS A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF RECOVERY. GETTING OUT AND AROUT DOING AS MANY THINGS THAT SHE ENJOYED BEFORE
    WILL HELP HER RELIXES HOW GOOD SHE IS REALING DOING. I WOULD NOT SUGGEST THIS UNTILL SHE IS READY.
    KIDS……YOU ARE DOING YOUR PART BY LOVING YOUR MOM. SHE NEEDS YOUR AND DAD’S LOVE AND SUPPORT MOST OF ALL.
    ALL OTHERS …..THEY NEED LOTS OF PRAYERS AND SUPPORT FOR A LONG TIME.
    KAT

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