So how are we doing? Wellll, I guess we’re okay. They seem to have gotten his blood thinner meds regulated. It only took until yesterday to do that.
And he’s certainly made some progress. Can give his name, my name, the kids’ names (if I give him clues like “She lives in Texas) and even the grandkids names. He can give his address, count pretty high (gets tired of me asking), point to common objects, follow two step directions, name some common objects, tell time and (my least favorite) is an excellent back seat driver. He may be forced to get well simply because he hates the way I drive!
Best of all, he has begun to laugh and smile again. Every day I ask him how he’s feeling (emotionally) and he says 8.
Great, I say. I’m only a 4.
Today I fooled him. How are you doing on a continuum from 1-5?
8, he says.
Can’t say 8, I tell him. 1-5. And he’s laughing.
Okay, 5, he says.
Nice, says I. I’m a 2.
He doesn’t seem to care about much. He cared that Ellyse lost her tennis match at the Connecticut Open yesterday. We followed the score in real time and he was glued to the iPad. And he cared that Germany won the Women’s Soccer…he wanted Sweden. Guess that’s a start.
Erin is coming on Friday. Sean is coming later in September. Glad about both. Need someone else now and need someone later. Good kids.
We have lots of appointments this week..three speech, one with his primary care and one with the neurologist. I’ve got a ton of questions. I’m trying to get a copy of his medical records so I can see exactly what happened but so far I haven’t gotten them. Long story…should have been able to access them online but there’s nothing there. Damn.
Photo above …reading the paper out on the lanai. We spend our afternoons pretty much the way we always have…on the lanai and in the pool, floating,exercising, relaxing, reading. I honestly don’t know what he can read and what he can’t. It might depend on the context. Words in isolation…not so good. Newspaper…no clue.
So that’s it for now, my friends. Thanks for the prayers and good thoughts. Keep the Sullivan Family in your thoughts and prayers this week. My dear friend, Kate, left us on Tuesday. It was time but oh, it’s so hard. I’m so glad I got to see her at the end of July and say goodbye. I’m lucky to have known her, lucky to have been her friend. She was one very special woman and I am beyond sad that she left us so soon.