Thursday, September 3, 2009

I should leave the last CHRIS WAS IN HIGH SPIRITS post up for a while.

There seems to be a rhythm to the tone of our meetings...
good-
not-so-much-
good-
not-so-much-
good-
not-so-much-
good-
not-so-much-
good..

seriously?!
I'm not sure why that is or if I imagine it. It is unrealistic to hope that every visit is cheery and filled with laughter. I expect to do a lot of listening and hand holding because Chris has waaaay too much time to sit and think about all of this. My wish is that he finds that positive "thread" dangling and hangs on for dear life...which is hard enough for most to do.

There are a few encouraging things in the works of which I'll write about in the very near future. We're hoping that Chris gets to meet some people who have overcome this experience. They might have a lot more credibility and he may be reaching some level of "familial fatigue". Which is why I think it is important for Chris to reconnect with the rest of the world.

In the meantime I want to encourage the local people to make a brief call or visit if they get a chance. Chris is usually finished most of his work by 3ish.

fyi: I am printing out letters and home-made get-well cards that people send from out-of-town & overseas.
Thank You all for the encouragement...
hopefully Chris will start using his laptop and then you can connect directly.

10 comments:

angel said...

Please give him a big hug and a kiss from me!!!

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Lulu LaBonne said...

Hey - Sorry it's such a long tough haul. Thinking of you all
xxx

mago said...

Ups and downs, yes. But the basical level is slowly and steadily rising. Please email me an adress and I'll sent a strange postcard.

Laurie said...

As always, you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

eroswings said...

The most important thing is that he is still here, able to have feelings and moods just like any other living, breathing, human being. For that, I'm grateful.

He still has time to spend with his loved ones, his friends, and he is still a father to his children. That is a blessing and a wonderful thing. I've lost both of my parents, and I can say that WW being alive is a wonderful thing. What I wouldn't give for just one more day to spend in the company of my parents (and many others who've passed on). He has a second chance in life, and it's a beautiful, precious gift--to him and all of us whose lives have been touched by his genuine concern, his humor, and his honesty.

Hang in there, WW! You've got friends who miss you and people who wish you well.

Cazzie!!! said...

Awesome news, one sure step at a time Donn :)

Laura said...

Thanks for the update Donn. I think it would be very helpful for Chris to meet some people, who have been through this and also made a good recovery. Do you have a stroke association locally? They may be able to put you in touch with some people, possibly.

Ian said...

I want to wish Chris well in his recuperation, although my mini stroke was sudden and at 52 it came as a major shock to me, I must point out that I am a friend of Laura from the UK who writes on here from time to time. Thankfully although I didn't suffer any permanent damage or disability I have revamped my lifestyle and been far more prudent about the levels of fat in food. I have ensured that my affected limbs at the time are continually exercised and that if I have an option of walking or taking the car I always walk.Anyway if you would like to confide in me then please get in contact with Laura, she will vouch for my integrity and persistence, and if you ever need to talk about your illness then you have a means of contacting me. Good luck to you Chris.

Ian