Friday, January 21, 2011

Things are changing



This last week or so has been good as well as hard. The good first is to say that Dale continues to improve a little every day and that makes me happy. He doesn't seem to see it needs to be reminded every day. His swallow continues to improve. The appetite stimulant has not kicked in yet and he never feels hungry so it is sometimes difficult to get him to eat. He is now in the dining room everyday for lunch and dinner. He refuses to go to breakfast which is little different from life before the stroke. So for now he gets a bye on this one. I wish I had my camera with me the day he drank a small glass of Pepsi! The look on his face was blissful. He still needs to eat with supervision and is not eating a lot but we will take even the small steps.

One afternoon last week Dale turned to me in the early afternoon and said that he was experiencing double vision when he looked across the hall. This lasted two days and the facility Dr. ordered an MRI. I went with him on Tuesday and we got the results on Thursday. He has had another stroke. I found out yesterday that when the Dr saw him last week he also changed his medication which is why the Dr believes the stroke ran it's course in a little less than two days. I have read a lot about strokes in the last two months so I am not surprised. I am disappointed for him however. Of course I want this to be over and be able to bring him home. Unrealistic, but it is what I want.

Now I am jumping the gun a little but I found this sweet image and decided to begin the celebration a little early. On May 7, 1961 Dale and I were married in the chapel at Moffett Field Naval Air Station in Mountain View CA. Fifty years is worth a celebration don't you think? I am going to share some wedding pictures soon. You are not a captive audience, so quickly close your eyes when you visit over the next few weeks and then barely open one so that you can skip my old pictures. It was the sixties after all and so the clothing and hair styles may offend. However, the cute sailor is still mine. I'm not kidding.

9 comments:

PamKittyMorning said...

I think about you guys a lot and hope that things are going well and you're all holding up.
Glad to hear there are improvements, no matter how small.
xo

Jan said...

I think of you and others dealing with the after effects of a stroke and pray that each day there will be an improvement, however small. Keep smiling - the relatives need so much support, too.

Elizabeth Ann said...

I pray for Dale every night and I am happy to hear there is improvement! Will be happy to see pictures of your wedding day.

Kathie said...

I am so happy you are seeing improvements in him
I am praying for you both and hoping your wish comes true and he comes home soon
looking forward to seeing your wedding pictures!
nothing like a trip down memory lane
Kathie

(un)Deniably Domestic said...

I love you, Mom. I hope I say this enough, because it seems so little. You are amazing and you and dad are my gifts from God...always have been. ~Kelly

Margaret said...

It sounds like things are getting better!.....looking forward to your pictures. We will celebrate our 50th on April 2nd, 2012. I am hoping my fellow can tolerate a trip to Australia.

Mimi said...

I am with you one this. Am looking forward to the cute sailor pictures....

vintagefindings@me.com said...

So happy to hear of improvements. Hugs to you, my dear friend.

Purple Pam said...

Small steps forward are good steps. Hope you and Dale have a wonderful 50th anniversary.