Monday, October 1, 2012

#240

Elaine's day was back to being filled with doctor appointments. They started the morning off with the orthopedic doctor, who was very please with Elaine's improvement in her shoulder. They then headed to the physical therapist, who was also impressed with her range of motion after a week off, not that Elaine took a week off, but she didn't go to therapy. Their last appointment was with the neurologist. Elaine has been very emotional the last few weeks, especially over the weekend. She will be in the middle of a sentence and just start to cry, and not really even know why she is crying but she can't stop. They talked to the doctor about this. He said, this is a side effect to victims of people who have a stroke on their right side. There is no explanation for it, and unfortunately nothing you can do about it. The stroke sometimes causes people to have unexplained mood swings, and cry. It is still fortunate that she had it on her right, instead of her left side though. Aside from that, he is impressed with her continued progress. Elaine explained that she just wants it to all be over. Unfortunately, it doesn't happen that fast, but she is going in the right direction and should be very pleased with her progress. He also told her how important it is for her to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night. He would prefer for her to take a nap daily, which she said she tries and just can't. She did have another headache tonight, which was the first in a few weeks. There doesn't seem to be an explanation for the headaches either, given their inconsistent pattern, but he isn't worried about it.

After a busy afternoon, Fred and Elaine came over to the Francois house for dinner. Oddly enough, despite the chaos of the Francois house, Elaine's head felt better this evening. Little Darlin' is becoming more and more involved in Elaine's life daily. We have come a long way since referring to it as her, dummy hand:)


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