Saturday, March 18, 2006

Take your walker and walk!

Jan seems to like Saturdays to deliver major surprises. It has to be a sunny day as well. In this weekend day, Jan was all but resting. Here is the blog for an eventful day:

· Jan continues to sing along the electronic music in Joy’s little piano. of course the lyrics are her own version in Janglish, but she does keep the rhythm.
· Mid morning out of the blue, Jan informed me that she needed to go to the washroom. Usually the routine involves helping her sit in a special chair that couples with the toilet, but not today; she wanted to walk all the way to the washroom as if showing off what she can do. I held her right elbow and with small, tentative steps, she did the rest. She was beaming when she came back to the bed knowing she had started another stage in her recovery.
· A short time later with the help of a walker, she went WALKING up and down the corridor of Wing D. Small steps. Some uncertainty in the left leg. Looking down to her feet. Concentrating on moving both feet in a coordinated way. But walking nonetheless! I gave her a look alike if she was walking on water. She gave me a broad smile back.
· Later, in the afternoon, she and I had a long conversation with complex concepts. She asked me: “Do you know how I feel?” (in relation to her current challenges). She expressed her ideas of feeling somewhat diminished, less than how she knows she was. She said some memories come and go, some days are clearer than others; today, she was aware of what happened and who visited yesterday (she could not remember names but relationships), of the time in the day, of how long she has been at the hospital. She knows she had an operation in her head. She knows some functions are lost in her head like moving all the fingers in her R hand. All this in spurts of a few sentences at a time, and then some unintelligible words.

Way to go Jan!


1 comment:

sharon said...

Dearest Jan,

I long to see you again. I will be able see you a few times again this week.

I enjoyed visiting you on Friday with your dad, Sarah, Louise, John & Fede in the room. I sensed that you felt at peace & joy to be surrounded by family & friends.

Here is my prayer for you today from psalm 103:

Praise the Lord, O my soul,
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits-
who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases. (I know in God's time you will gradually heal, I know it seems like forever)
who redeems your life from the pit (like the miracle he restored you in the last 37 days to consciousness)
and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things (like your courage to walk with your walker & to the bathroom with Fede & communicate) so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.

Jan, I pray for patience, perservance, joy, encouragement & guidance for you, (and Fede & your family) for your continued healing of your mobility & communication.

Fede, I appreciate you sharing your conversation with Jan. It means alot to me to know what Jan is thinking so I can continue praying for specific things for her.

I love you Jan & miss you very much