Thursday, August 25, 2011


Another awesome day. Mom had a busy morning, with an early PT session and some fun visitors. She walked with the white cane again today and I was astounded with the difference between Tuesday and today. On Tuesday, she walked well, but struggled with her balance and needed the therapist's help a couple of times. The cane was more of something she had to constantly keep in mind and think about as a tool. Every so often, she would stop and think about where the cane should be in relation to her gait. Today, when she lost her balance, she recovered by herself. She sidestepped a few times and didn't rely on her therapist to correct her posture or position. The cane also seemed more of an extension of her today. She carried it more easily and was less hesitant when she ran into obstacles. Her walking was less halted and faster.
After her walk with the cane, she did some more exercises; again ever stronger than two days ago. Then more walking with the cane until she finally called uncle and got back into bed. Though physically tired, she wasn't ready for a nap, so we visited with friends and enjoyed lunch. The weather in Seattle today was gorgeous: sunny and warm with a bit of a breeze. Ross joined us for an afternoon bask outside until finally she was ready for a nap.

She slept well for about an hour and a half this afternoon, then woke up to enjoy an early dinner. She ate really well today, taking in snacks in addition to meals. Keeping up with her Zofran is a must and makes such a difference.

Tomorrow we have an appointment with Dr. C and then Mom has chemo again. I'm leaving tomorrow night to attempt to get to work on Saturday before Hurricane Irene destroys all of NYC (my parents are still offering to buy Gary a ticket to come here instead of me going home, but we have work and appointments in New York that must get completed this week). Leaving is always difficult but I'm so glad I'll get to be with my family for the Dr. C meeting. It's been a long time since we've spoken with him.

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