July 20, 2004

We continue to do pool therapies as well as the others and Jenny seems to be having larger movements in her right side, and has began moving more of her left side as of today. If anything, she is eating well and she can drink water as long as it is given by dropper or spoonful. We have an ENT appointment Monday and we hope for the best (meaning that the trache will come out). Jenny has not needed suctioning for over a week and she does not appear to have any problems with swallowing/breathing/clearing. Sophia has decided that she is the new therapist for Jenny’s arms, but tends to walk away with Jenny’s arms dangling from the side of the wheel chair. I caught Jenny trying to lift her right arm from a hanging position to almost having the arm rest on the arm rest.

Sophia has also claimed Jenny’s lap as her own personal sitting spot. She will take Jenny’s arms and wrap them around her self and tell everyone that mom is hugging her. The kids get so excited when they see their mom move a new muscle or do any large movement. Jenny has just began to feel able to discuss her stroke and trials without extreme emotional struggles. A friend of hers sent an excellent book by an LDS author called “Making Sense of Suffering”. We read a bit in the hospital but Jenny could not make it through a couple pages without needing to stop. It is an excellent book and Jenny feels that she has more direction and purpose. Jenny also made it through all 3 hours of church last Sunday. It appears that she has been fearing going to Relief Society because it tends to be more emotion evoking than the other meetings (It think the Relief Society women strive to make each other cry or it is not a good lesson). Jenny survived, so I think we are back to the full schedule as long as no other health problems get in the way.

4 comments

  1. It is so great to hear from you about all the new things you are doing! It was a long week without reading anything and we are so relieved that no-one (like Mark) has been sick. We LOVED reading about the birthday and being in the pool. We can just imagine how great that felt.
    Mark, you are a real character, thinking we’d actually try to move people to tears in R.S.
    ūüôā We love you guys. Keep up all the good work!
    Uncle Dee and Aunt Lois Ann

  2. Mark and Jenny —

    You got that right about women and crying! It’s a secret……but any decent woman knows all about it and how it goes. It’s another one of those blessings Heavenly Father has given his daughters – and we love it!

    See you all soon —

    Tearfully,

    Sherry

  3. YEA JENNY, THE POOL. ONE OF MY GREATEST RECOVERY TOOLS. GRAVITY IS OUT OF THE PICTURE. NOW MOVEMENT REALLY STARTS. SOUNDS LIKE YOU ARE STARTING TO TAKE OVER YOU OWN LIFE AGAIN. WHENEVER I CHECK UP ON YOU,1 WEEK OR 4 WEEKS YOU HAVE DONE SOMETHING REMARKABLE. JUST REMEMBER IT IS A VERY SLOW PROCESS, SO DON’T EVER GIVE UP. IN 5 DAYS IT WILL HAVE BEEN 7 YEARS FOR ME AND I’M BACK IN THERAPY AGAIN. I JUST GAIN SOME WITH EACH BOUT OF THERAPY. I FOUND THIS LAST TIME AFTER 1 1/2 YEARS WITHOUT THERAPY I HAD A BACK SLIDE. BUT I’M READY TO ATTEMPT RUNNING THIS TIME, NOT THAT A 40 YEAR OLD WOMAN WANTS TO RUN MUCH. AS I SAY THOUGH “IF I CAN RECOVER THIS FAR, HOW FAR CAN I RECOVER.”
    PS JENNY I WOULD LIKE TO COORSPOND VIA E-MAIL OR THE INTERNET SOON.
    KAT

  4. I LOVE ALL THE UPDATES AND THE PROGRESS JENNY HAS HAD. AS I HAVE SAID BEFORE I FEEL WHAT SHE IS GOING JUST AS I HAD 7 YEARS AGO. JENNY AND MARK SEEM TO HAVE THAT VERY IMPORTANT RECOVERY TOOL,,,SUPPORT. I HAVE NOT BEEN HERE FOR A FEW WEEKS IN HOPES THERE WOULD BE MORE COMMUNCATION BETWEEN THOSE WHO ARE POSTING WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT TO JENNY AND MARK AS HE POST THE REGULAR UPDATES. WE ARE ALL VERY PLEASED TO HAVE THIS WEB SITE TO FOLLOW THE UPDATES OF JENNY’S PROGRESS. NOW THERE NEEDS TO BE SUPPORT TO EVERYONE WHO HAS BEEN TOUCHED BY THIS TRAGEDY. THIS IS WERE THE FORUM COMES IN. WE CAN ASK EACH OTHER QUESTIONS, GIVE ADVISE AS TO WHAT MIGHT HAVE HELP US ALONG THE WAY. SOME OF YOU MAY HAVE BEEN IN THE CAREGIVING ROLE FOR SOME ELSE. SOMEONE HAS TAKEN THE TIME TO MAKE THIS WEB SITE FOR US TO USE. [[b]b]FOR TERI I WOULD SAY KEEP ASKING TO HELP, BUT ALSO MAKE SUGGESTIONS OF THINGS YOU CAN DO. MARK AND JENNY YOU NEED TO KNOW THAT PEOPLE THAT ARE TRUELY ASKING AND WANTING TO HELP NEED TO HELP AS PART OF THIER THERAPY IN COPING WITH THE REALITY OF WHAT HAPPEN TO JENNY. YOU 2 SHOULD MAKE A LIST OF THINGS OTHERS CAN DO FOR YOU, SO WHEN THEY ASK YOU ARE READY WITH SOMETHING THEY CAN DO TO HELP. THEY DON’T KNOW UNLESS YOU DIRECT THEM.[/b] I SENT SOME STROKE SURVIVORS TO THIS FORUM TO SHARE WHAT THEY HAVE BE THOUGH, THEY ARE WILLING TO TALK WITH PEOPLE ABOUT ALL KINDS OF THINGS. BUT THEY CAN’T CONTINUE WHERE THEY ARE NOT MADE TO FEEL WELCOME AND NEEDED.
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND
    JENNY GIRL YOU KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK,
    AND MARK KEEP DOING WHAT YOUR DOING AND REMEMBER TO TAKE BREAKS.
    KAT

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