Sunday, February 27, 2005

Canada's loss

Yesterday was a good day for Team Shellener. Mom was cogent, witty and alert for most of the day. She ate well, an important step toward getting rid of the feeding tube, and was able to share some basic but important information about her ribs that will decrease how much pain she endures during transfers and therapy.

For the first time, Mom was able to maintain her focus long enough to read some of her cards herself. As she got tired, she had a harder time keeping the lines in order (eg. reading line 1 then 4 then 2) but she still could relate who the cards were from and how people fit into her life. During physical therapy, she stood for 11 minutes twice, taking some hops as well. Mom's strength is better with regard to standing upright and maintaining conversation as she stood.

Mom also admitted for the first time that she is struggling with self-image, concerned that she looks older (64 to be exact even though she is only 53) and frail. Knowing she wouldn't really believe me on this one, I brought this up in front of Kelly and Bill. They were appalled of course and waxed at length over her loveliness. Being Mom, she said 'I don't feel that way. I feel like a female hockey player.' Quite funny.

Well, my morning caffeine is kicking in and it is time to get on over.

Hope you are all having a delightful and lazy Sunday-



Blogger Marianne said...

Jacqui, Brian, Pam and Roland,

We just want you to know that you are still in our prayers. We check the web site everyday for continuing good news. Tell Pam we love her and look forward to seeing you all when she gets stronger.

Call if you need anything!
All our love,
Steve and Marianne

12:55 PM  
Blogger Jennie Smith said...

We love keeping up with you everyday - Jacqui is fabulous to keep us posted on how you're doing. I LIKE your short hair, altho' I know you'll want to get those blond streaks going again.
Keep up the good work getting rid of all those tubes and hoses!
We love you - Jennie and James

3:41 PM  
Blogger Beth Smith said...

Tell Pam her attitude is shining and we can't see a darn thing else! Also, I should be so lucky to look so good at 64, even if I don't get hit by a truck!

6:06 AM  
Blogger Dori said...

Dear Pam,

So happy you are home in Nashville and making such wonderful progress. You a truly an inspiration for us all!! May God continue to bless you and your family.

Marty, Dori and Jenna

1:09 PM  

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