July 29, 2004

This is truly the best day so far. Jenny keeps improving and getting stronger each day. As I did therapies with her today, I realized that Jenny could easily do all the movements needed to use a computer mouse. I put the mouse in her hand and off she went. Jenny cried tears of tremendous joy as she once again met another mile marker on her journey. It is my luck that just yesterday, I asked if I could unsubscribe her from all the e-groups that she was on because her e-mail box is always full of 100 e-mails or more. It surprised Jenny that she could move a mouse. If she can move a mouse, she can definately move a joy stick and control her own wheel chair.

We also went to the ENT today who changed Jenny to a smaller size trache. We also set a date to have the trache totally removed Monday!!! Jenny must meet the requirment of having it capped for 24 straight hours, but that is not a problem (he did make us promise not to try tonight, but we can do it tomarrow). Appearantly, it was an easy process of just taking out the tube and putting a peice of tape across the opening to close it up until it sealed on its own. He asked if we wanted our nurse to do it at home or if we wanted to come all the way to his office for a 5 minute procedure. Jenny opted for the office visit. That is alright, I was out of duct tape anyway. Jenny has officially decreed that she is getting better based on the events of the day. She has always been a hard worker and faithful, but she was pretty discouraged at her limited progress (based on the fact that she assumed she would be back to normal by now). After re-evaluating her situation, she is doing quite well in progressing. So, I assume Jenny will be able to read e-mails more often so her address is jenannlynn@aol.com if you wish to send a private message. Otherwise, I try to read postings to her regularly from this web page. Now I am off to re-subscribe Jenny to all her e-groups again- and find some way to disable e-bay.

6 comments

  1. WOW!!! Things are moving along so FAST!!! It must seem wonderful if you can use a mouse, Jenny!!! I’d be SO EXCITED!! And to finally be able to have the trach gone. However, Mark, I do think you’re going overboard just a bit removing E-Bay!!! What is a girl supposed to do with all her newly found freedom once she’s back on the computer if she can’t use E-Bay!!! We are SO HAPPY for you. You continue to be in our prayers. Keep up the good work, both of you. You both continue to be such good examples of positive attitude and sticking to it through tough times. We love you…

  2. DISABLE E-BAY!!?? Horrors, Mark!!

    Thanks for the e-mail address for Jenny — and I hope that you will still continue to keep the journal here on this site, too – we all still need it so much.

    Love to all — Sherry

  3. Jenny,
    Hooray! Mark’s message about your “mouse” abilities just made my entire day! I am so thrilled for you – what possibilities you have now!

    We are in Utah right now, spending time with our families, but I continue to check the website regularly, excited to hear about your new achievements!

    You are amazing, and although you hear it often, I want you to know how much your life is an inspiration! You never give up, you try harder each day, practicing and practicing to be better. These are things we could ALL learn from!

    We love you and your family!
    Sincerely,
    Vanessa Croshaw

  4. You are a cruel man, Mark. Disable ebay? Shame on you!

    The trach news is fabulous! We are all rooting for you, Jenny!

    Love,
    Lynne

  5. WELL JENNY YOU ARE MAKING MY LIFE COMPLETE. AFTER MY STROKE AND STARTING MY PATH TO HELPING OTHERS RECOVER, I HAVE HELPED MANY. BUT NONE HAS TOUCH ME THE WAY YOU WAY YOU HAVE. IT’S LIKE YOU HAVE HELP ME FIND MY PURPOSE IN LIFE.
    KAT

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