Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Stroke Recovery Day 30

Today is one month since Allen's stroke. I never imagined anything like this even possible for us. We are grateful for the experience and know things could have been much worse. Every day I tell him: Thanks for not dieing. Ha!

Allen's speech is much better. There are still some weird things going on with all of that but he is working hard on his tongue twister and sound assignments. He is a bit of a language arts teacher's dream. We have a new language and parts of language focus in common. Who knew the linguistics dabbling would be so helpful?

He is becoming quite cultured as well as he has been encouraged to eat slowly and to swallow and pause before speaking. Neither of which come very naturally to him. :). 

Fatigue is a big issue and apparently, that is quite common with stroke recovery. The brain just takes time to heal. He is more my speed now, so that is nice. :) 

He is happy to have passed the grandpa driving test. One more step in the process and he will be back to driving. Every day he has some kind of appointment: OT, speech therapy, family doc, MRI, stroke clinic....he's very popular. We are so grateful for everyone who has helped get him here and there when I was at work....especially Jillian Ackroyd and Sid Jones ......and many more. Thank you. 

We marked the day today by taking some baking to the nurses at the stroke clinic at Foothills and by visiting our friend, Merlin there. Merlin injured his spine body surfing the same week Allen had his stroke. We admire Merlin's fighting spirit and cheerful smile through his big challenges. We expect a miracle for him just as we have experienced.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

From the Pool to the Air: Gains from Swimming

I read a great article where Michael Phelps was interviewed. He talked about visualisation and how it helped him stay focused and accomplish his goals.

When Jill was in Montreal doing her flight attendant training, some of the people in her group would get totally stressed out and unable to achieve what they wanted on their performance assessments and their written tests. I'm sure Jill's experiences with swimming helped her to focus on the moment and do what she needed to do.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Okay.....I will say it...I'm 50!

I'm 50!! 

I have been dreading this day. 50 just seems so old. 

Although, I prefer to tell people I'm closer to 40 than 30. 

Then my friend, Karen, posted this: 

I decided she was right. There is no sense feeling sheepish about being 50. While I'm not everything I want to be, and my life has room for much improvement, I will embrace 50 and continue on my quest.  Thanks for being a bright light, Karen!

I went to the office with Allen on Saturday. I haven't done that for years, thanks to Saturday swim practices....but I just might be in a place to turn over a new leaf. "They" say partnership makes all the difference. I'm excited to be more involved in our business.

After the office Allen and I went out for brunch to a beautiful restaurant. The ownership has changed, but it was still as good as ever. I totally recommend    ProvisionYYC. Great food! I had eggs benedict with mushrooms and kale. Allen had steak and eggs. I could do that every Saturday!

There is a bookstore right across the street called Shelf Life books. I loved how they have their children's books colour coded. :)
We spent a good hour or so there browsing and sharing great finds and laughing about dogs in the air. 

Tonight I got together with some friends. It was our regular dinner club get together, but they surprised me with a cake and a Fitbit!! I'm very excited about the Fitbit. In to my next decade of good health!

...but first, cake!!