Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Progress

I brought some fajita food with me to the appointment I had with Jan to be there for supper. She was standing by the window, looking a the place where I usually park on Broadway. When she saw me, she waved. I could see a smile of satisfaction from the park.

We had a happy time during dinner. She is more coherent in her statements. She can choose the right words more and more, and when she can't, she will use other ways of communicating the idea. Lateral thinking? She's got it! She is doing a tremendous effort to overcome the expressive Aphasia and today I could see that the energy she puts in a one hour conversation is the equivalent of four or five hours talking no-stop for most of us. But you know Jan, she will not take no for an answer. She will push herself as far as she can go.

After dinner, we went for a long walk in several of the floors, until we were unceremoniously asked to vacate the premises in the second floor, because it was closed now to the public. We both laughed a the contradiction, because there are many signs on the wall indicating that the hallways are for the public, they are for walking, everyone is welcome. None of them indicated time restrictions.

We went to the TV area in her floor. It was deserted because cable TV was not working,so we played Scrabble. She is good! The doctor came at this point and told Jan: I know how hard you are working. Don't give up!.

Please enter your comments in her binder. Now she will be working on a book about her life. Talk to her about big events in the past, experiences you shared, this is the talk that is healing her brain.

She still has more to go, but be patient and write your impressions in her binder and then help her write what you share in common. If you have pictures, bring them to include them in the book.

And this is all I have to say about that....

-Fede

1 comment:

Martha said...

Hi Jan and Fede,

It was nice to have dinner with Jan tonight and to chat about important things like choosing love and not fear, and slowing down to savour each moment instead of always being busy.

We sang a little bit and she gave me the melody for a song to sing at Linda's birthday party tomorrow night.


Love and blessings,
Martha

P.S. I couldn't find the communication binder today during my visit...we both looked for it...