Monday, August 6, 2012


Elaine has been sleeping really well the past few nights, and that is really helping her in every way. She started a new sleeping aid and gave up some other medicines and right now, the combo seems to be working. We are so grateful! She started the morning by making Fred some eggs. She walked into the bedroom and said, "I put your eggs on the stove.  Can you give me my shot and then let's do my arm?"

Unfortunately, (and fortunately since that means we are making progress), the intensity was turned up again on her arm splint. She gutted out the painful 30 minutes, the worst part is watching her take her arm out. She grimaces in pain. She did have some comic relief during it though, which make the time pass a little faster. Fred went out to check on his eggs to find that they were in fact in the pot, with the stove one, however, there wasn't any water in the pot! You can tell her mind was on the Little Darlin's new nemesis, not on the eggs!

Elaine had a great therapy session with Paul. Fred, Elaine, and Paul are all really encouraged and excited at the progress in her shoulder and how much her range of motion is increasing. The pain is still very intense and we are so proud of how she keeps her days going and keeps on living. Fred and Elaine were supposed to visit Richie and Julie this week in Montana. They were really looking forward to seeing them and so sad that they had to cancel the trip. Elaine decided she wants to be rid of her arm pain and the only way that is going to happen is to go through all she is doing now. She starts therapy for her frozen shoulder on Friday. We are all encouraged by the progress so far and can't say enough times how proud we are of Elaine, and Fred, for their dedication. Elaine has had a rough few weeks, emotionally. Fred has been the most encouraging support for her, and she is such a strong person. They are an unbeatable duo! They refuse to give up and we know that this will all be worth it. She has worked so hard and come so far!

Fred and Elaine came to the Francois house for dinner. The girls were so excited that they set the dining room table (that NEVER gets used), wine glasses for their water, and picked flowers and put them in a vase on the table. They carefully selected which color napkin everyone should use (from the non disposable napkin collection). It was a fun night, complete with ice cream for dessert.

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