Tuesday, February 21, 2012

There is much to celebrate!

photo via adoseofshipboy/flickr

Update on my mom!

On October 11, 2011, my 87 year old mom had a major stroke that affected her right side. The day after the stroke her neurologist at Stanford told my dad, sister and me that most likely she would never regain use of her right arm and might be able to move her right leg slightly. She had no speech.

Today, a little over 4 months later, she has just dropped from 6 days a week of physical, occupational and speech therapy to 3 days a week. She is able to move her right arm up and down and sideways. She is able to walk with a walker, holding on with both hands. Her rock star therapists are also starting to have her walk with just a cane! She is able to speak very slowly. She continues to progress and has an unending positive attitude. And best of all...she will be moving back home with my dad in several weeks.

I now know a lot about strokes, the rehabilitation process and the medicare system. I have been spending a fair amount of time in California visiting and helping my mom and dad. I am so excited that they will be back together again soon...and begin living their new normal.

In the mean time...in their wonderful retirement community...they are getting back into their busy social lives...last week a birthday party for my dad and brunch with friends. Tonight...a Mardi-Gras party!


  1. That's fabulous to hear! What a relief for all of you to see her recover faster, and more, than anticipated! It's wonderful that you are able to be there for your parents. Take Care. Rosa

  2. That is wonderful news! Your Mom is a fighter for sure. Sadly my Grandpa gave up after his stroke. They told us he wouldn't make it through the night and he lived 5 years after that but in a poor quality of life, he just gave up. So happy to hear a great recovery story!

  3. I can really see how easy it would be to give up. I think most people do just give up. It takes so much energy to keep going!