My beloved has made great strides since Christmas! In that update, I was excited to report that she had just gained the ability to squeeze my finger with her right hand. Now she’s eating and doing many other activities of daily living with that hand. (This is very helpful, since she’s right-handed!) Yesterday she was excited to finally be able to put her hair up in a ponytail by herself.
Her right leg is also making a comeback. She recently regained the ability to actively bend her right knee, and is now able to wiggle the toes of her right foot just a bit. Sensation is increasing in the leg, and she’s now able to walk with a walker and some human help.
And this just in as I’m writing this at 6:30 Thursday morning in her CarePartners room: she just regained the ability to flex her ankle. Woohoo!
We’re also glad that her blood pressure is trending downward. Her systolic number is ranging mostly from the 120s to 140s. (120 is at the high edge of normal.)
Another important breakthrough is that she’s now sleeping better. She had suffered from severe insomnia since the stroke, but has slept better than ever the last two nights. I sleep in the room with her every night, and comfort her if she has challenging emotions come up. (Mae is also doing some deep shadow work as part of her healing process, and it has tended to come up at night.) However, we’re happy that this hasn’t happened for a couple of days.
The average rehab stay here at CarePartners is two weeks. Mae has been authorized for 3-1/2 weeks so far, and will be here at least thru January 14. Since she’s making such good progress, her therapists are asking for her stay to be extended further. We’re hoping for this, since she’ll obviously recover more quickly with the excellent support she’s getting here.
I had been extraordinarily upbeat since the stroke, but started flagging a few days ago. The marathon of caring for Mae and carrying a heavy client load (often 4-5 sessions per day, due to my Black Friday and eclipse specials) started to take its toll. But adding in more exercise and some naps, as well as rekindling the spiritual practices I had mostly neglected since the stroke, has helped me bounce back. As I write this, my energy is sparkling again.
We remain grateful to our friends, who continue to support Mae and me with their uplifting visits, food and natural medicines. And we continue to request your healing prayers for Mae. Please see her as vibrantly, joyfully active — hiking, dancing and gardening — and with fully restored health. Please see her at optimal weight, needing no prescription drugs, and with a blood pressure less than 120 over 80.
The staff here has confirmed that her healing progress is faster than normal. Your prayers are making a difference, so please keep them coming!