Life continues to be busy…in more ways than one. I obviously haven't had time for the blog lately. Craig and I have been sending updates to the family every few days or so regarding June's progress.
Here is the latest.
March 9th update:
It has been two weeks since mom’s stroke. She is making great progress every day. She is more alert, eating better and the left side of her body getting stronger.
The date for her release from rehabilitation is tentatively set for March 20th. We are in the process of determining what comes next. The staff at the rehabilitation facility have made it pretty clear that she will need to be in a situation in which help is available 24 hours a day. This likely means a temporary stay in a facility where the staff can meet those needs (such as an assisted living facility, or family group home).
Today was mom’s day off, also called a “recharge day”. Mark and Craig arrived to see mom at lunch. It still takes a lot of time for mom to eat. She slowly ate over the course of an hour. Later Sarah and Kathy visited for awhile, and mom talked to Nancy via face time.
Yesterday Mom removed the feeding tube that has been providing supplemental nutrition since she hasn’t been able to get all of the nutrients she needs just by eating alone. Since the feeding tube is not fun to put in, we’ve decided to leave it out and see how mom does without it now that she has regained some swallowing ability. The speech therapist has moved mom from a “honey thick” diet to a “nectar thick” diet. This is more desirable as mom now gets to have some texture in her meals. She just wasn’t that interested in the “mush” they were feeding her before. We’re really hoping that her appetite continues to improve.
Lunch was not so great in terms of the amount of food consumed, but fast forward to her dinner meal and she did significantly better. Mom loved the mac and cheese and green been meal. With very little prompting mom ate a quite a bit more of her meal. The nurses were very impressed!
Craig left at about 7 tonight and mom was content with her crossword puzzle and newspaper and sounding more “normal” than we’ve seen in her since her hospitalization began.
Attached is Mom’s schedule for tomorrow just in case you’re interested in seeing what another day of rehab will look like for her.
Love, Craig and Sarah