Good Rain Morning here in Houston,
I spoke with Aunt D last night and have a bit of an update for you. Mom was awake and sleeping during the day yesterday. Aunt D said that she would wake up for a while and be somewhat interactive with people (smiling, looking reacting to them) and then she would get tired and take a nap. I think I have this correct, Aunt D said that Mom was in another type of chair (not her normal wheelchair) and she was moving her RIGHT leg on purpose.
For those who haven't seen Mom after the stroke, one of the things she does is move her left leg alot when she sits in the wheelchair. She moves the leg at the hip and bends her knee and straightens out her leg. She kinda does this all the time. Yesterday, she did the same with her RIGHT leg (the bad one) about 4 or 5 times. YEA MOM! That is wonderful. She also took the wash cloth from the nurse and washed her own face with the wash cloth during her bath.
One setback is that she was not able to swallow yesterday. The speach therapist tried and she couldn't swallow, so she was going to try again before she left for the day. Aunt D didn't know the results of that other than they fed her last night through the feeding tube (I guess they knew better than to remove it we were wondering why not remove it since she was eating on her own, but I guess they have their reasons and their reasons were correct).
Aunt D and Uncle Bob are leaving today, so I will find out from Bobby and Judy if she is eating today and let y'all know how that goes. It may be that it takes a bit of time to get the valium out of her system and maybe that may be causing her not to swallow (Oh, and this is just me guessing about the valium, not that this is from the staff there). But I don't really know the answer to that one.
Aunt D feels that it will take a few days for Mom to bounce back and should not have lost too much because of the seizures.
I hope everyone has a great day, it is going to be rainy all day today with chances of flooding (just what Houston needs). It could be a busy day for a safety person if the water starts to rise, or it could be a quiet day watching the trian hit cars. Just kidding. We have a new rail train in Houston and it runs past my office. I hear the Wooo Wooo of the computer generated whistle every 12 minutes or something and we have had 2 train vs auto accidents in front of our hospital since it went into service Jan 1.
Love and Hugs to everyone,
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