I think the most dramatic changes that are occurring are her increased stamina and positive spirits. She is becoming stronger each day and I believe this is very encouraging to her. She is in this final recovery phase where all the work to be done - is by she, herself.
Today, after speech therapy, we ran a few errands. We made a stop out at the Kennedy Park softball fields. Mom got into the driver's seat and took a few spins around the parking lot!
|Driving for the first time in over six months!!|
Natalie, her therapist thinks she will be ready for another swallow test in a couple of weeks. This is really good news as this will be the indicator as to how soon she can begin swallowing food. Today they tried some apple juice and apple sauce and Mom did very well!!! She said it tasted VERY good!
We are looking forward to another excursion at the end of the month. This time it will be to Santa Cruz with Sr. Anne, Jean and Mary Anne for their annual vacation at the sister's beach house. Mom and I will go down with them the day after Easter and stay for a few days. This is a trip they all look forward to each year and has been a special GOAL for Mom to achieve - which she has!!!
Mom's garden is in bloom, beautiful azaleas and rhododendrons - even the roses are beginning to bloom! Things have a way of coming full circle - don't they?