I realize that I've been preoccupied lately with my mom's health here on this blog - and, well, in real life - but so it goes when you love someone.
Our goal for this week is for her to agree to rehab five days in a row. She's done four in a row so far and believe me, there's been a change in the wind, a corner turned in what feels like the blink of an eye. Not only is she agreeing but she's gritting her teeth through the pain, sitting up longer and longer, and performing arm and leg exercises in the in-between when relaxing in bed. She's eating her meals in the dining room with other kind and friendly patients, feeding herself, relaxing a little bit into the new routine.
...drum roll, please...
TODAY SHE TOOK SIX STEPS ON HER OWN!!!
She's a bit happier. We're ecstatic!
She'll be doing wheelchair wheelies in no time!
The human spirit is amazing. Patients who've been at the rehab center longer than Mom, men and women who've experienced the valley of the shadow of death as Mom has, folks who are nearer the doorway to home, have been encouraging her, promising that if she does what the therapists suggest she will recuperate. The camaraderie is not only enjoyable but most uplifting. A beautiful thing to behold. I so enjoy the company of those strong, determined, kind people.
So, thanks again all you supporters of Mom's. Here's to Day 5! "You can do it, Ma!!"
More great news:
1. Caroline's braces are off as the previous post describes.
2. School's out as Cassie took her achievement test which marked the end for us.
3. We passed Final Inspection on our addition! No more government officials snooping around our hard work. Applause for Tom, please. He's done most of it.
4. David Cook won American Idol.
5. Ben's driving down, Joe's driving across town, and tomorrow we're all going to see Indiana Jones IV.
6. And, just to repeat myself, Mom is improving remarkably well this week.
I hope you'll take a few seconds to celebrate with us. It's been a long eighteen months and a hard hard May.
Good news - sweet like honey!