Tuesday, August 9

One foot in front of the other


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Thank you everyone for your sweet supportive words.   My Nan is still in hospital but now understands why she is there, who we are and what has happened.  She seems to have no memory loss but is having problems articulating herself.  It's quite upsetting and frustrating for all of us - she tries to tell me important things and I'm guessing.. it's like the worst game show ever.

I am encouraged though. There was a huge difference in her response and recognition from yesterday morning to yesterday afternoon - it's like there are light-switches going on in her brain here and there. We are able to joke at things and sometimes she cries at things.  The fact she can't tell people what she wants or needs without some extreme strain and almost tears is so hard to bear.  I'm holding hope though that this will lessen.

Day five is supposed to be the day where we know how swift her recovery is likely to be and how complete it might be also.  I am holding out hope, we are 2 days in and today she wrote her name on command.  She couldn't do that yesterday and the day before she didn't know her name.  One foot in front of the other.    

She is exhausted though.  Today she had the speech pathologist ask her loads of questions, then the first nurse on duty, then the CHC nurse, she had a CT scan, the doctor asked her a ton of questions, then the Occupational therapist had an hour long session which was equally challenging and encouraging, then the registrar came in and asked all his questions...  she said 'no more questions!'and I was totally supporting that - I was tired of the questions too!

Then the census people turned up.  I took care of that - I knew all the answers anyways.

Hopefully the day tomorrow will bring more answers than questions, I see her specialist then, my Mum arrives too.  More hope every day that passes.

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16 lovely comments:

Rah on August 9, 2011 at 8:59 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

glad things are looking up for your nan, mine made a full recovery when she had a stroke xxx

Corrie on August 9, 2011 at 9:00 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

oh I'm glad to hear there are some improvements! I've been thinking of you allxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

MrsKellB on August 9, 2011 at 9:02 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

That's wonderful that your Nan is improving.

Tatum on August 9, 2011 at 9:02 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

golly hun, so glad to hear she is improving. have been thinking of you xxx

Veggie Mama on August 9, 2011 at 9:04 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

I bet she is a strong woman. Every day will get easier, especially with lots of love from you xo

Lily Mulholland on August 9, 2011 at 9:10 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

How flippin' frustrating for you AND your Nan. She must be going bananas. But so good to hear there's progress. Trust and hope. A good combination. All the best to you and your family, Liss.

celia on August 9, 2011 at 9:15 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Sorry to hear about your Nan. i hope she recovers quickly. Must be a hard time for your family now. you Nan sounds so lovely.

Melissa on August 9, 2011 at 9:28 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

I've been thinking about you and your Nan all day, Liss, hoping for an update. It's absolutely lovely of you to remember us and fill us in.

I'm so encouraged to see that there has been that much improvement so soon! Even though she's tired (which of course, one would imagine), to see that she is improving is wonderful. Just wonderful.

I pray, for all of you, that the trend continues and she's back to feeling more like herself soon. She's so fortunate to have such a wonderful granddaughter to help her along.

My love to you both. You really are in my thoughts. xxxx

*^_^* on August 10, 2011 at 12:36 AM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Wonderful! Glad to know that!
You're an inspiration!

Lyn said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Stay positive, and encouraging. Sounds like you are saying and doing all the right things to help her recover. I know that a positive attitude helps recovery. Best wishes x

Anonymous said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Glad Nan is getting there. It will be slow and it will drive her mad. I suffer brain trauma 5 years ago and getting the words to tell people what I wanted too was soo hard for soo long. But today you would never know - except when I am tired and things get turned around:)

Christie on August 10, 2011 at 1:40 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

It sounds really promising, Liss, keep the faith. Enjoy some time with you Mum xx

Christie on August 10, 2011 at 1:40 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

"your" sheesh.

realityraver on August 10, 2011 at 2:22 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Glad to here she is improving and she is getting good care at the hospital. Take care of yourself.

Seana Smith on August 11, 2011 at 7:24 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Have been thinking of your Nan in hospital and hoping that she'd be getting better and better. The brain is flexible, thanks goodness, hopefully she can regain all that has been temporarily lost. I'm sure that seeing you really cheers her up a lot. And seeing your Mum will be so good for her and for you.

Best wishes from us all here down the road.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella on August 23, 2011 at 11:19 AM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Oh no, I'm so sorry to hear about your nan. I know how much she means to you and I am glad to hear that she is improving *hugs*


 

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