The Thanksgiving holiday has come and gone and so has Chris. Time keeps flying past and the commotion that is our life continues. So much seems to occur on a daily basis, minute by minute and yet the accumulation in Juliana’s recovery is still staggeringly minimal. Juliana progressed to impressive lengths in Chris’s absence but I am not sure it was a noticeable to him as I hoped. The funny thing is, his ‘not noticing’ was less about her lack of progress and more about the fact that he was focused on just being with her. The days of monitoring the quality of her gate are faded. The moments of worry over the use of her hand are infrequent. The constant focus on her enunciation is abandoned. What has settled in its place is the behaviors of a loving man who has missed his fiancé. They spent almost the entire time together while he was home. Since his car was waiting patiently in another state he was at the mercy of automobile availability here at home but it didn’t seem to matter because he was pretty content to just stay home. Something was changed and it wasn’t just Juliana’s improved ability to stand herself up or walk up the stairs unassisted. I was observing, looking for an answer in the two people I have come to know almost as well as I know myself. (to read more go to www.forjuliana.org)
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