Yet another mile stone has been met as Jenny attended her first day back at church. I did not realize how difficult it would be to get Jenny ready for church compared to any other day. First of all, there is this skirt and panty hose issue. I almost put a pair of Jessica’s tights on Jenny that were somehow placed in Jenny’s dresser by mistake. The real stockings did not seem much bigger, but I was aware of the “dance” and stretching that is involved with putting these things on. Despite my deficits, Jenny still looked beautiful by the time we were done. She and I only attended the first of the three hours of meetings. I knew it would be overwhelming to be back to a place she has found such support and strength by means of friends and gospel message. I appoligize to those who hoped to speak with her since we left early. Jenny was emotional the whole time and struggled to compose herself. I helped her take the sacrament, which is something she looked forward to doing despite having it brought to her in the hospital on occassion. She also loved to hear the choir, despite her tears and emotions. She looks forward to returning next week.
Jenny has demonstrated more movement in her body. I noticed that her toes were moving in a rythmic, fluid motion as if she was tapping to a beat. When asked to stop, she stopped, and would continue when asked to do so. Her right hand has also began to move all its fingers and bend at the wrist when Jenny is asked to move it. She has not been able to repeat these movements that all appeared last evening, but I assume it is normal to have the ability to come and go. I can get movement in her left hand too, with a new therapy that I invented called, “booger therapy”. It is simple and plays on Jenny’s dislike of other people’s snot. I simply hold her hand out and slowly move my nose close to her hand and she either bends the threatened finger out of the way or the whole hand. I guess this could be a reflexive movement, but at no time do I touch her fingers (even though I tease her that I will put her finger in my nose). She usually laughs and enjoys seeing movement as much as I do. Jenny also is able to make movements, upon request, better when she laughs. I’m not sure how that works, but I tell Jenny that she will take her first steps at a comedy club if this is the case.