Friday, July 18, 2014
As some may know, my sister had a stroke in May that left her unable to speak or swallow. About 1900 miles separate us ~ she lives in CA and I am in MO. Since she was in the hospital and then rehab, I felt I'd wait to see her till she got home. She's amazingly determined to get back to where she was before her stroke....and she's definitely on her way! She's been home for several weeks now, with a feeding tube, and receiving therapy at home. I am SO very proud of her. She is now able to speak and is even getting some inflection back to her voice. Her swallowing is improving little by little. Just got great news a few days ago ~ she is able to swallow soft foods and is not using her feeding tube at this time! Next week, she'll have a swallow test that will determine if she can have the tube removed. She has the most difficulty with water ~ I guess because of the consistency ~ so has to use a teaspoon. Wow!
I'm California bound tomorrow! So excited to spend some time with my sister and brother-in-law. My nephew lives a few hours away from them and he's coming down for the weekend, too. It'll be great to see him.
I hope to get some walks in while I'm there ~ they live just 4 miles from the ocean ~ so I know some will be done on the beach! How's that for incentive to walk! My focus will be on spending time with my sister though, so that will be my guide to how my days are spent. I'm hoping to get some good seafood while I'm there for sure! Not sure how much I'll be able to check in to Spark ~ hopefully every day.
Have a happy, healthy weekend!