June 21, 2004

We just finished a therpay visit and I am still amazed with Jenny’s progress. It seems like every movement is buidling upon the next and they are getting more defined and controlled. At the suggestion of some friends, I began working the ASL alphabet into Jenny’s range of motion. Her fingers have become more flexible and just today, she demonstrated huge movements in both hands and sets of fingers for the first time. I will be proficient at the ASL alphabet, but unfortunately, only if I am able to use someone else’s hand to sign with. Jenny was given the assignment to do 100 toe lifts each day. The next morning she did 200 right off the bat. I see her moving and practicing all the time. The only real area where there is no advancement has been in speech. It almost seems as she has digressed even though her swallowing, tongue/mouth movements, and breathing have improved.

Jenny went to another church service yesterday and it was much easier on her. The primary children sang for Father’s Day and Jenny handled it much better than I thought. Jenny looks better and asks to get out of bed more often. She does report constant pain or discomfort with various parts of her body, so I want to be clear that this is still a very difficult process- even though she has made great strides in the use of her body.

5 comments

  1. Jenny, we are so glad you could come to church on Father’s Day! I was hoping you would be able to hear the children sing. I was a little nervous, but I thought they sang beautifully and definitely achieved a “5” on “I Know My Father Lives”. They could have sung a little bit louder, but we’ll work on that for the program in September!

    We love you and your sweet family so much and find so much joy in the progress that you’re making. You are definitely one of Heavenly Father’s special families and we all have so much to learn from you!

    Thank you for sharing your good days and your bad through this experience. Keep up the good work, Jenny! You can do it!

    Love,
    Vanessa

  2. Jenny,

    I was so awesome to see you at church. I read your progress daily and am so impressed with your achievements. You are an incredibly strong women and others are empowered by your strength.

    I know that you have a love for pictures and scrapbooks. I too share in that great love. If there is anything I can do to help in the progress of these precious books, please let me know?

    Thank you for the beautiful spirit you brought to the meeting!

    Lots of love and prayers!
    Kim Jones

  3. Jenny, it was terrific to see you at Church yesterday! I can’t believe how terrific you looked. You have made such great strides. We are so proud of your fighting spirit, and if there is a way to overcome, I know you will find it, with the Lord’s help.

    Love you much,
    Lynne

  4. Jenny- Keep up the good work. I am happy to hear of your continued motivatin! You are truely an inspiration.
    Mark- I am happy that you are sounding good. I think you are a great man. I was talking to my husband yesterday and he is not quite sure how you are holding up. He does not think it would go as well for him as it seems to be going for you.
    God Bleaa you Both-
    Give my love to Missy and Brian and Rob and Mom and Dad. You will probably speak to them before I do
    In Love anf Faith
    janet

  5. AGAIN I AM EMPRESS WITH JENNY. SHE IS CHALLENGING HERSELF BEYOND WHAT THE THERAPIST HAVE ASKED. CONTINUE MAKING SMALL GOALS AND REACHING THEM BY CHALLENGING YOURSELF. JUST BE AWARE OF YOUR LIMITS, DOING TOO MUCH CAN SET YOU BACK A FEW DAYS. WHEN YOUR ARE READY FOR A TOUGH CHALLEGE WE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE YOU TWO JOIN US IN STROKE SUPPORT CHAT. MOST EVERYONE HAS ALREADY HEARD ABOUT YOU AND WOULD LOVE TO SE YOU ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE OF JOINING US ONLINE. HERE IS OUR WEB SITE OF AOL CHATTERS. http://hometown.aol.com/strkspprt/index.html
    THERE IS ALSO A INTERNET CHAT LOCATATION ON STROKENET.
    http://www.strokenetwork.org/SUPPORT/CHAT/INDEX.ASP
    I WOULD BE GLAD TO MEET YOU THERE ANY TIME.

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