An Update.

09 November 2011

I want to thank you so much for your kind comments and emails and Facebook messages for my friend Jackie.  I wanted to give you a little update and ask that you please continue sending good thoughts her way as she works her way through recovery.

She is home from the hospital and making progress.  She is still battling a ferocious headache.  Physical therapy will start soon for the weakness she’s still having on her right side.  She is going to speech therapy for the next six weeks so she can relearn to swallow.  They are having her do annoying things like bite her tongue and try to swallow.  Go ahead… I’ll wait while you try it.  Now do that 25 times in a row.

Getting dressed.  Taking a shower.  Walking.  Relearning to swallow.  Everything takes concentration and work, she is exhausted at the end of every day.  She’s on blood thinners right now for the stroke.  They are hoping that the tear and blockage will repair itself and that she will make a full recovery.

It is just going to take time.  And lots of work. 

But she can do it.  I know she can.

They still aren’t sure what caused it.  It could have been something she was born with, it could be stress related, it could be something as simple as when she was cleaning cobwebs off the ceiling {they just moved into a new house} that keeping her head back looking at the ceiling could have jarred something.

Insane, right?

And because Jack is a big fan of So Wonderful, So Marvelous, she wanted me to leave you with a recipe as a thank you for all the prayers and well wishes and concern. 

Jackie’s Super Stroke Recovery Shake

  • 1 Ensure or Boost Chocolate flavor
  • 1 pudding
  • 1 banana
  • ice

Put it all in the blender, then go to speech therapy to re-learn how to swallow it. 

At least she still has her sense of humor.


Anonymous said...

Boost shake is the way to go! I hope she continues to make progress.

Amy said...

Jackie - sending lots of good thoughts and strength your way. From the little bit I know of you, you will kick ass with this recovery.

I had so much fun hanging out with you at Michelle's porch party. You're so cool and funny, it's no wonder that you're such good friends with Michelle.

Good luck with everything. I look forward to hearing positive reports on your progress from Michelle!

Stacy Kaye said...

Sending her lots of love and prayers. Hope to continue to hear good progress reports.

Unknown said...

Thanks for the update. I was actually just thinking of her and you the other day while reading Finnisms, wondering what was going on. I hope to hear more good updates. Good luck Jackie with your recovery:)

Jessica @ Wanting Adventure said...

Wow, that's such a tough blow to deal with. I'm glad she's starting to recover. I'll be praying for her!

Jackie said...

I am still recovering....starting hard core physical and speech therapy tomorrow morning! So bring on the exhaustion and please keep sending all the thoughts and prayers you can spare because they truly do help me through the day! Thanks everyone!

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