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May
10
2021

May 2- May9, 2021

Hey everyone, happy mother's day! Luke and I went to visit mom today. She was very happy to see us! We wished her a happy mother's day and gave her flowers and two cards. We were shocked to see that she could read the cards just fine. That's great improvement!
We talked about family and current events. Something I noticed is that she is much less tired than before. I remember a when we had to visit Deb in the early afternoon at the latest. Otherwise she was too tired to pay attention. Deb has been active during the daylight hours now. Her speech is steadily improving. She had a few memory mess ups, like forgetting Luke was married and thinking Grandpa Palmer was still alive. She was a bit frustrated that she was in a wheelchair. She said she can walk just fine, but she is required to have someone nearby in case she falls. We told her that her balance needs more time to improve. We just don't want to hear that she fell and hit her head. Deb said she understood. We assured her that she will come home soon. Maybe July, but we can't promise anything. 
Hopefully sometime I can witness how well Deb can walk. I'll report on that when I do. Otherwise just another good week. I'll see her next weekend and get back to all of you. Thanks and happy mother's day!

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May
4
2021

April 26- May 1, 2021

Hey everyone, Deb's doing pretty good. No big differences in Deb's progress. Gary and I went to the nursing home Saturday to visit her. It was 88 F outside so we did our meeting outside in the shade. We had a pleasant conversation, just talked about family and the latest news from Zumbrota. Deb was mentioned in the Zta newspaper for designing the button for the Covered Bridge Festival from 2001. She could even recall what the button looked like, which made me happy that she could remember that far back. Deb kept saying that she was in Zta, she was still working at school, and said that her mother was at the nursing home with her (grandma has been deceased since 2007). I guess we have to keep grinding away at those delusions. I pray she gets her sense of reality back. Otherwise Deb is doing fine. Still learning to walk on her own. She is still proficient with a walker. No other health problems to be worried about. That's it for now, I'll write again next week about Deb's progress. Love you mom! 

April
26
2021

April 18-April 25, 2021

Hey everyone, Deb continues to keep healing up. No big difference between this weekend and last weekend. Luke and I went to go visit mom at the nursing home on Saturday. For Luke it was his first time seeing her in a month. We asked her some questions to test out her memory, most of which she was spot on. We joked and told stories about back home. We found out that Deb fell twice on Wednesday. Not too bad, just tried walking on her own and fell on her butt. Deb has been very stubborn to prove she is just fine. I take it as a positive since I believe that stubborn side of her will push her to walk normal again. Deb had a few delirious moments. She told the nurse Luke was upstairs when he was right in front of her. Deb's short term memory is still hit and miss. Just need to keep working on that. One thing I noticed was her natural hair color growing in. Deb always dyed her hair for the last 15 years or so because she hated watching the gray hairs grow in. But I saw that her hair roots were dark, same color as mine and Luke's hair. We told her she still had dark hair and we really liked it. She has about 3 cm of new hair since her last hair appointment. I hope she keeps it! 
That's it for now. We will go see mom again next week. We're proud of you mom! 

April
17
2021

April 5-17, 2021

Hey everyone. It's been two weeks since my last post. Sorry for the long wait, I had a schedule error where I couldn't go see Deb last weekend. Gary has been down there several times in the last two weeks, hasn't really told me much about her. My Aunt Sue and my Great Aunt Janny have been visiting her too. Today, I went down to Albert Lea to finally see Deb. 
Gary and I got about 50 minutes to meet and talk to Deb. She seemed about the same as before. Speaks very well, spoke some nonsense but most of her conversations made sense. Deb still thinks that she's in Zumbrota but we corrected her. She thinks she has papers to grade, and kept talking about a funeral she attended. We asked what funeral and she said the Peterson funeral. We had to keep correcting her but she swore we were there with her. After that we brought up Luke and Linnea on FaceTime and had a family chat for about 40 minutes. We discovered that Deb has good recollection of things before her hemorrhage. But anything that happened after February 14, it's a mixed bag of reality and fantasy. We assessed that Deb has gotten a bit better since two weeks ago. There's still a long road ahead, but dad believes the more we talk to her, the more clear her memory will be. It's going to take many months, so just have to keep working at it. 
Deb has been able to walk around on a walker and has improved mobility. She can pick herself up off the wheelchair and go to the bathroom too. She does all this under supervision, but still good news. We think Deb will have to spend at least two more months there until she's ready to go home. She told us she really wants to go back home and return to normal. 
One thing she has retained this whole time is her sense of humor. Gary was making jokes and making Deb laugh a lot. It's those moments that make me really happy. 
It's the slow roll to recovery now. If there are any major developments I will post them quickly. Keep getting better mom!

April
4
2021

March 29- April 4, 2021

Hey Everyone, Gary and I went to visit Deb at the Good Samaritan Society nursing home on Saturday. Her two week Covid isolation was over with so we could meet her. They only gave us an hour to chat with her. Deb was rolled out in a wheelchair and looked very healthy. We talked about a lot of things. Deb at first thought she was in Zumbrota but we told her she was in Albert Lea. We corrected her a few times, but seemed to be pretty mentally sound. She looks to have full range and ability with both hands. We gave her a puzzle book, which she dropped on the floor. She could pick it up with her left hand no problem. The only thing I noticed is she still doesn't have very good control with her fingers. She can shuffle a deck of cards, turn a page, but still struggles with using her computer tablet. Her typing skills definitely aren't there, yet.
She can walk with both feet while sitting in the wheelchair. That's the first time I've seen her move herself. Deb has been doing therepy twice a day, mostly practicing to stand and walk. Gary thinks that as soon as she's walking, Deb will start to learn to take care of herself.
I'm so happy for mom! She is doing so well. I finally told her that she suffered a hemorrhage, which is why she is recovering in a nursing home and not living in Zumbrota. She looked worried, but I assured her the worst is over and she is healing much better than the doctors predicted. Overall, mom is doing very well and was happy to see us. I'll post a pic of her from the home in the gallery. Love you mom! 💕

April
1
2021

March 31, 2021

Happy 37th Anniversery Mom and Dad! 

March
28
2021

March 21-28, 2021

Hey everyone. Not much to report on, Deb is currently in Albert Lea at the Good Samaritan Society nursing home. We are halfway in the 2 week isolation period. Newcomers to the nursing home aren't allowed any visitors for two weeks. It's a Covid deterence rule. On Friday Gary, Luke, Linnea and I did a zoom call with Deb. The nurse set up her tablet for her and Deb did the zoom by herself. She looks good and appears to have great control of her left hand and arm. We talked about all kinds of things. Deb went back and forth with good conversation to being delusional. She could remember my birthday and recall things from the past. However she said she could walk just fine and she had school tomorrow. We told her tomorrow is Saturday, but she kept insisting that she was going back to school. We had Sue Scheffler join our call later on. 
She has been doing physical therapy twice a day. She went from standing for 30 seconds to standing for 30 minutes. Other than that I don't have more news of her progress. Hope to meet her someday and see how much she has improved. I'll also post a picture of our zoom call.

March
20
2021

March 13-20, 2021

Hey everyone, Deb has continued to improve and is doing fine. Since last week, Deb has been eating soft and semi solid food and drinking from a cup. It is a relief to see her eating and drinking on her own. No IVs, blood pressure cuffs or anything hooked up to her.
I went in and talked to her twice this week. Love to see her more but there's been schedule conflicts and that snowy day on Monday. I've noticed that Deb has been staying up later, watching TV and playing on her phone. During the morning time is when she is most lucid. Later in the day she becomes more confused. I had a nice conversation with her on Thursday. Then she said Grandma RLee was at the hospital too. Yea, Grandma has been dead for 13 years. I didn't tell her that. She told me she was at home a few days ago, not sure if she has a good concept of time. Dad tells me she has been trying to leave her bed to go to the bathroom, but they always have a nurse present to make sure she doesn't. Her legs work, but not quite strong enough to walk. They help her stand a few minutes everyday, but that's it. 
On Friday, dad had Deb transported to a nursing home in Albert Lea. From there, she will be starting her therepy to walk and become more independent. What sucks is because of Covid rules, we can't visit her for the first two weeks. I hope she does okay, not having family around must be hard. Dad says they changed the rules just recently where before we couldn't see her for months! That would really hurt. One piece of good news is that the home is two miles away from my great aunt Jan and great uncle Dex's place. At least she'll have family nearby. We can visit the three of them when we are there. 
That's all for now. It has been a month since mom's hemorrhage. All things considering, she has been healing remarkably fast. Full/near full recovery can take a year or more. I have great hope mom will be healed and come back home in a few months. Love you mom!