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.