Monday, April 24, 2006

Saturday and Sunday

Time was really fuild this weekend in more ways than one. Fog and rain framed another weekend Jan spent at home. This one was without any visitors! We re not complaining, it was great to just relax, watch some videos, just talk and when she felt like she had enough, she just took a nap.

I realized this weekend how involved is to have Jan at home. She requires constant company when she is awake, although she is becoming more and more independent by the day. She no longer waits for help when she needs something, she just starts walking, holding onto walls, pieces of furniture, or her walker if it is at hand, to get to the place she wants. I noticed that she dresses herself almost completely, except for a few things she needs to practice doing alone like putting her hair in a pony tail or tieing her shoe laces. I tried for about 15 minutes and could not do it. She is fiercely independent, but at the same time, she enjoys the attention when she ask for it. We ate pounds of chocolates and paid the consequences...

Although her thinking is becoming sharper, she still struggles with the Aphasia. Sometimes, whe the communications deals with concrete items, she is very good; when communication deals with abstract ideas then, she has more trouble saying what she is thinking. When she is tired, her speech is very slurred and she gets really frustrated.

On Sunday we sent food shoping, she became overwhelmed and started crying in the store. It took a while for her to calm down, and I learned to not ask two questions in a row. Thee experience was emotionally draining for both of us. this raised a question in my mind about whether the aneurysm had some impact on her emotional control centre.

She was back on the hospital on time to brush her theeth and go to bed. She seemed more relaxed to be back in a familiar environment. Several times she said earlier that she was going back home...(meaning the hospital).

Well, we enjoyed the rain as much as the plants. I hope you had a terrific weekend too.


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