From Joanne's Dad:
Seven days into rookie fall training camp and all is well – some soreness, but nothing broken. On Friday, July 29th, Joanne’s PT (Sylvia) threw us a long pass by suggesting we take off a couple of weeks to work on new exercises she demonstrated to her Head Coach (Toben); Offensive Coach (Kay, mom;, and her Personal Trainer (Papa Chuck). So, I (Chuck) have joined Joanne early each morning at her gym (garage) for a 1-2 hour workout that consists of about 17 different exercises. Most require that I both position Joanne as well as talk her step-by-step through the repetitions (GO Joanne!), but some allow me to continue reading her Spurgeon’s morning devotion, and George MacDonald’s Annals of a Quiet Neighborhood. How blessed we were to read yesterday (through the character of the Vicar Walton), “Nothing I repeat, so much as humble ministration to your neighbors, will help you to that perfect love of God which casteth out fear; nothing but the love of God – that God revealed in Christ – will make you able to love your neighbor aright; and the Spirit of God, which alone gives might for any good, will by these loves, which are life, strengthen you at last to believe in the light even in the midst of darkness; to hold the resolution formed in health when sickness has altered the appearance of everything around you…” (Of course, when my neighbor is my oldest daughter, my humble ministrations are not only a joy, but a true privilege that I would have never been afforded but for her stroke.)
Being there every day makes it hard to see progress, but yesterday (Aug 5th), when Toben took Joanne for therapy, Sylvia (PT) had some very encouraging words for Joanne about her decreased muscle tone and increased ability to control one muscle at a time in her left leg, rather than the post-stroke tendency to move hip, knee, and ankle all together. Thanks Sylvia – that’s sufficient inspiration to get us through this next week. Where would we be without your guidance? And in that short hour, Sylvia had Joanne walking even better and made a very encouraging prediction about her ability several months from now.
Joanne is now also doing” three-a-day” 30 minute sessions in her “JAS” (Joint Active System) – which is a polite name for a medieval torture boot with a screw jack mechanism to stretch her Achilles tendon. Just picture James Bond under the hands of Ernst Blofeld.
Please continue to pray that someday she and I will be doing these same kind of exercises with her left arm – which today is only range-of-motion passive stretching since it remains paralyzed.
God bless all you faithful praying friends!