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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!

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Comments

  • Deb Atkinson : Hi Deb just wanted to let you know thinking of you. Hoping for sun. Have dandelions already. Had left knee replacement 2 weeks ago. Sends hugs prayers and positive thoughts. Deb
    4/26/21
  • Lorraine Aaland : Way to go, Deb. Perhaps her sub-conscious will kick in after awhile and there will be more memory. All I remember after my heart incident about it is what the family has told me. Brains are funny that way.
    4/23/21
  • vicky lohmann : Tell her please that I think of her often and will keep the prayers coming. It’s all about baby steps. Praise God she continues to show progress 💗😘💗
    4/23/21
  • Janet Stein : So happy to hear the updates of Deb's recovery. Wishing her all the best! Love you Deb!
    4/18/21
  • Sandra Bryant : Keep working, Deb!! Time to re-train the brain! You are doing so well! Don’t give up!! You’ve got the strength. Re-train the brain! Re-train the brain!
    4/18/21
  • LISA JOHNSON : Elias and Floan Family, This is Wonderful news - the worst is behind Debbie, so keep looking forward!
    4/18/21
  • Julie Magalis : So good to hear, Elias! Thanks for keeping us updated. Sending prayers and love, always.
    4/18/21
  • Ruth Kimmes Revland : Glad to hear Deb is improving!! We are still cheering you on here Deb!! Sending lots of love your way. Keep staying strong and keep getting better!! HUGS!!! Thanks for the update. :)
    4/18/21
  • Laurie Anderson Wilson : We are still cheering for you Deb. I’m 76 years old so I hope you aren’t wanting me to do the splits. I have a loud voice so will do lots of loud cheers for you. Sending hugs your prayers way 🤗❤️
    4/18/21
  • Wayne Dublin : Thanks for the update. We are so happy she is improving!
    4/18/21
  • Mary Post : Love and miss you Deb! Keep up the great work! So proud of you!
    4/18/21
  • Wendi Nelson : Thanks Eli! Gooooo Deb!!
    4/17/21
  • Cheryl Goranson : Love the news thanks again!
    4/17/21
  • Julie Miland : Oh how I love to hear of the fun that you are having with your mom!!! I also love to hear of her progress!!! Xoxo 😘 to you boys and your dad!!!
    4/17/21