Three weeks into the new year I have a few random newsy items for you.
Jason is a HUGE blessing. Gary has adjusted beautifully to Jason's help throughout the week. My back is feeling better and I'm able to run across the street and do things with/for my parents more often, now that Gary is not alone. An added benefit, I didn't anticipate, is that with Jason here there is more going on, and more conversation to listen to.
More news. Gary's been talking (and trying to talk) more. He has said a few short sentences in the last few weeks. They are in context, if you consider his wit. Sometimes, when asked a question, he looks into my eyes and moves his mouth/lips. I don't know what he's saying but he's trying to speak. It's hard to explain, but I can see the twinkle in his eye and we make a connection. It lets me know that he's ok. Sometimes he says "That's Right." or "Yep" when I'm talking with someone else or on the phone, like he's trying to participate in the conversation. Becky and Karl got Gary a root beer the other day, and when they asked him if he liked it he said, "Always!" I don't know the reason, but several things may be making a difference...We've cut back a bit on some of his medications for various reasons, and maybe he's feeling better over all, or more alert.
At Christmas our friends John and Stacy paid us a wonderful visit. We see them so rarely, but Gary and John have been such good friends for so long, that I KNOW he enjoys hearing John's voice and we really had fun this year, as John was telling fun stories of all the practical jokes he and Gary played on each other during the "Gary Price Electric" days. Gary watched John and was listening as he told the stories, and it was a true joy to see.
One last thing...Ever since we moved into our condo, I wanted to change the paint and put some plants in our Atrium. It is a little patio within the walls of our condo, which is open to the sky. It has been a very ugly "institutional" green. Between Christmas and New Years I finished painting it and added some of our Cymbidium orchids which we brought from Sunland. The fountain was a present from Jon and April for my birthday. I want to do more out there, but for now, every time I walk by the opening, it makes me smile.
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!