Most of what Jenny has been working on the last few days has been breathing around her trache opening that we plug for several hours at a time. It is more difficult than what it would be without a thrache since the tube is still blocking some of the air flow. Jenny is able to sit up in her chair longer and longer each day. She seems to be free of the severe pain and discomfort. All she has now is the constant moderate discomfort- which is still a huge improvement.
Sleep appears to be good as well. Our plan is to get Jenny out every other day for drives or trips to the park. She refuses to go to stores and the such still.
Jenny has been reluctant to watch videos/dvd’s, or even tv, since one little reference to hospitals or illness causes emotional distress. As it turns out, most of her favorite shows were hospital based (like ER). The recent illnesses of friends and family are also difficult for her. It just reminds her too much of her experience and she feels bad since she knows what suffering others are experiencing.
As for other improvements, Jenny is surprising herself. Therapists and ourselves always ask Jenny to do things she has not been able to do. Every now and then Jenny does something new and it can be seen in her eyes that she was unaware that she could do it. Then, she will pracise until she is sore.