Yesterday was the 6th month since Jenny’s stroke. It seems like so long ago, but it is a relativley short period of time in relation to how long Jenny will be progressing to her full potential. It is too long for Jenny, but she will admit to increased progress lately. It is exciting to see what new things will be done by Jenny each and every day. The movements seem to be getting bigger and better and they surprise Jenny more than anyone. Today, Jenny had a nice visit with lots of friends and family, as well as being able to go out to eat with our extended family. The woman has a huge appetite and I could not feed her fast enough. I love going out into public with her and I am glad she feels more comfortbale doing so. I’m so proud of Jenny and all she has achieved so far.
While demonstrating her ability to push the exercise bike pedal down with each foot, she amazed everyone by completing a few revolutions on the bike without help from anyone. I have only seen her push the pedal down and then stop. She still hates the bike exercises, but is doing great.
Jenny has also been doing some communicating with her friend using sign language. I have seen her do it, but it did not look like something that would work well- despite being told else wise by those signing with her. Well, I came to the realization, while watching her brother learn sign from her, that this really works great. I can not believe how good we communicate now by signing (well, she signs and I interpret outloud). She struggles a bit with some letters. Instead of using her pinky to make an “i”, she uses her ring finger and her “y” looks like she is hitch hiking. Once that is understood, there is no problem. The good thing is that many of her friends know sign language- at least the alphabet. To make things better, I like that her hand will be getting stronger with more use. So, I publicly apologize to Laura- who tried to convince me of this sooner.