Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Back to the joy of living

Mom had a stroke in February.  It was a "light" stroke, from which we learned that even a "little" brain damage can change your life.

Speech therapist Liz working with Mom on swallowing.

She's doing well, still in therapy three times a week but without tubes and able to get around on her own. Still feisty.

I haven't written much since her stroke, in part because I've been at her place a lot. Also because it's been hard to concentrate. 

I'm ready to write again now that she's improving. 

Mom's first night back at home, when she crawled into Dad's hospital bed to snuggle.

And I can focus on gardens and travel and birds and dining and the joy of living.

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  1. I am sorry to hear of your Mom's stroke, but it sounds as though you are all coping well as you learn to navigate together the new contours of your family's health-scape. Your Mom is tough stuff for certain, but that smile! There is so much joy in it. You are all lucky to have each other, rain and shine.

    As for the rest of us? It is good to have you back!

  2. Kathleen,
    I'm sorry to hear about your mother's stroke, but I'm happy to hear she's doing (somewhat) better. I sincerely hope her health will continue improving, and that all of you will be able to cope with whatever her state will be. She really seems to be a tough lady. I'll keep you all in my thoughts.
    Take care,

  3. I hope your mom continues on the road to recovery. I love her smile! Such a wonderful lady. Best wishes to you all.

  4. Best wishes to your mom on her recovery and to all the family as your support her in her efforts to come back from this setback.

  5. Sorry to hear that your Mom has suffered a stroke but so glad to hear that she is recovering and able to get around. I also love her smile, she is a lovely lady.
    Take care of yourself too dear Kathleen it takes a lot out of us when our parents are ill and we are caring for them.
    xoxoxo ♡

  6. So sorry about your mother's stroke. As both my parents suffered the same I can truly understand the concern. It can certainly be a big eye-opener on how losing a small part of the brain can affect your whole life. I hope she continues to recover.


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