Elaine showed her human side today. It was actually a great day. The day started bright and early with a visit to the neurologist. They discussed what is going on, how she is feeling, and mentally how she is feeling. We haven't mentioned this before, but Elaine has a bunion on her foot. It has continued to grow during the last few months. It has gotten to the point where it hurts her so badly to walk. It is affecting her physical therapy and her walking. She is going to see a podiatrist next week, and will consider her options.
She is tried of spending 6 days a week at the doctor and or with a therapist. She is angry that all of this has happened and new ailments seem to just continue to pile on. The doctor was quick to point out that, first and foremost, this is a good sign. Her brain is really waking up. It is realizing what happened, what her limitations are, and more aware of her situation. This is an incredible sign for the future, but makes the present more real for Elaine. We have all noticed Elaine becoming less confident in her abilities, especially Fred. There is a combination of reasons for this, according to the doctor. It all does suck, there is no question about it. There is no explanation as to why she has to have all this major ailments. Its the hand we have been dealt, and as Elaine has shown that she will do whatever it takes to get better!
Elaine is going to focus completely on her frozen shoulder and her foot. She will see the doctor on Tuesday for her foot and continue to work on her shoulder daily and with a therapist three times a week. She is going to take a break from Paul and her eye therapy, where she has made massive improvements, which is incredible considering the pain and medication she is on. It feels like we have a plan and Elaine can also have a break from doctors and therapy taking over her life. She has also agreed to rest daily, and truly rest, for at least an hour. She felt so good on Monday after sleeping for almost a whole day. We all know, Elaine's personality is not the kind to want to just lay quite and sleep. This is an essential part to her getting better. She knows it, and has agreed to try!
Our hearts break watching all she continues to go through daily. We wish there was something we could to do help. We watch Fred in awe at how dedicated he is to her and how much he loves Elaine, and demonstrates that through his actions. They are amazing people and examples to us all. Love knows no limits, and there is not a challenge they can't overcome. Elaine will continue to fight the fight, and she will beat this.
Staci, Taylor, and Brian picked up Nammie for lunch. Ben snuck away to meet us as well.