We made it through another week. And it was a big week. Joanne started out-patient therapy at Spalding this week. And she did great. It's a lot of work and she has definitely been taking a little nap after she gets home each day, but it is so good for her to be doing this work. As hard as it is, I think she is getting a real sense of satisfaction out of the work she is doing. So we have about a month or so of this out ahead of us and we are hoping for some great results over that time. Joanne will be there three days a week and will have a lot of "homework" to do on the days she isn't at Spalding.
The house is quiet this morning. Joanne is eating breakfast, Audrey is still in bed (and will be until we roust her out) and Emma spent the night with Gran and Papa. These moments are nice. Feels like all is right with the world. We are planning on doing very little today. Joanne and I are going to sit on the deck and have conversation and later we will go to church.
Speaking of conversations, Joanne and I have had some great ones over the last weeks. I think before the stroke, even though we made some time for it, we rarely slowed down enough to have a good, long, heartfelt conversation. We did have our "morning meeting" for half an hour every morning, but now we sit and talk longer because to put it bluntly, there isn't too much else to do. Many of the activities of life have been stripped away and the list of things that we can do is pretty short. We try to add a thing here and there to the list of stuff we can do but at this point sitting and talking is at the top.
I guess that leads to a discussion on pace of life. Joanne is busy at therapy again, and even when home health care was coming in she had a few things on the calendar, but weekends are much more open. Aside from church, and Sunday supper with the family at Gran and Papa's there isn't much if anything on the calendar. Forces us to rest a little and to focus on each other. I like the opportunity to do that.
The other big adventure this weekend is that Joanne is going to see Audrey's hair stylist Jlynn. Jlynn has a special place in our hearts because she has been very kind to Audrey. She lost her dad when she was young and that has given her a sense of compassion that pours out over Audrey and means the world to me. Plus she makes Audrey look super cool. Her latest haircut is the best yet. We'll have to get some pictures taken. I call it her "punk princess" look. Anyhow, Jlynn said she would love to gift Joanne a cut so tomorrow we are giving it a shot. Can't wait to see what she does. I'll make sure we get some photos and maybe get them posted up over on Kristen's blog.
Next week at work is going to be pretty crazy so I am going to bask in the slowness of our pace this weekend. I am going to invest in Joanne and the girls. I am going to have conversations and think thoughts. And I may sneak in a nap.
1. Pray that Joanne ankle/leg responds to therapy. To be specific, we need to get Joanne's heel on the ground. Right now she is walking on the toes of her left leg and it forces her ankle to do all sorts of crazy stuff. So that's a big focus of the therapy.
2. We have a new AFO (ankle foot orthotic) coming this week. Please pray that if fits well, and is comfortable and gets the job done in helping Joanne straighten out that foot and ankle.
3. Clarity and unity for the family. We have some big decision to make about Joanne's care/therapy/treatment after she is done at Spalding.