Friday, March 04, 2005

A strong woman

So to finish up yesterday, Mom continued to do excellently all day. When her doctor came by to check on her, Mom was on a break from doing leg exercises while lying on her back. Although she was supposed to be resting, Mom was tracing circles in the sky with her ex-fix and doing kickouts with the ankle weight on her other leg. They had had to add weights to get her to use the good leg-the exercises were too easy for her. Dr. Coxe stared at her for a moment, shook his head in disbelief and said, 'That is one strong woman.'

Midday, the weather was so nice that we bundled Mom up and took her to the courtyard. It must have been incredible to really breathe fresh air for the first time in a month. We got to spend about 15 minutes there before she had to start therapy, some of which they did outside as well. I am quite hopeful today stays nice so we can get her out again today, even if only for a few minutes.

Although totally worn out by the end of the day, Mom was still bouncing her good leg. Her normal frenetic energy at rest is back and is driving her nuts. So for dinner, I recommended she try wheeling herself to the cafeteria. Mom made it 2/3 of the way before she wanted to stop. I chaufferred her the rest of the way and she had a nice dinner with a man who has been at Stallworth a month and is leaving today and his wife. After dinner, Mom wheeled herself the whole way back to her room without resting. As Grandma can attest- this is quite a trek and a huge accomplishment!

I cannot wait to see what new accomplishments Mom will make today and what old ones she will maintain. With love-

j

4 Comments:

Blogger Amy Jarman said...

Pam, you are such a mighty wonderwoman! Every day I read Jacqui's eloquent postings about you and am amazed at your strength
and uplifted by the love which everyone has for you. Since you are the light of my deanly life I can't wait to see you. Cynthia and I need your laugh, your smiles, and your ability to get to the heart of every tricky matter. So keep up your good work. All the Jarmans are thinking about you every day.
With love, Amy

9:14 AM  
Blogger rostitchery said...

pam, what a blessing that spring is on it's way! i am a true believer in the healing power of the fresh air and of sunshine falling on the skin.

we miss you so much. it is a comfort and a challenge to have you so close to "home". we wave at you each time we pass stallworth, and we pray for you each day.

lots of love, rowena, rudi, ella.

9:45 AM  
Blogger Jennifer Randles said...

Pam,

We're so glad to have both you and Roland near us again. Blair has definitely missed your presence and it's great to read the updates on your situation. You're a super-star!

10:13 AM  
Blogger Jan said...

Dear Team Schneller and Mighty Pam: Your continued progress pulls all of us out of the dark into the light of this new spring. Hooray for your trip into the courtyard and your "true grit." By the time we get back from our little trip, imagine what new progress you will have made. It will take me days to catch up with Jacqui's magnificent journal of this extraordinary work...your
new job, albeit a temporaray one, until you are back in "Deanhood." Continue to amaze us all!! Love, Jan N.

11:22 AM  

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