Journal entry by Gigi Lynch

Good morning! Forgive me for not writing—in the last few days, we’ve been really busy getting things done around here. Bryce and Kaitie have been invaluable, doing everything from reprogramming our garage door openers (which were opening the neighbors’ garage door!) to updating my computer (helps to have two techies in the house) to cooking and cleaning and packing and the list goes on and on. Bryce left yesterday and Kaitie leaves today. Needless to say, we will miss them terribly but will look forward to seeing them at Christmas. 

Mel is doing better every day. This morning he said his breakfast tasted the best it has since the stroke. One of the side effects is that it seemed to have affected his taste buds—so this is a great sign that it’s coming back! We have an extremely busy week ahead of us with seven therapy sessions and three doctor appointments in addition to packing and getting the house closed up before we leave this Saturday. 

His speech is still improving and we believe it will continue to do so. We’re really looking forward to going to Chicago to meet with the therapists there. The ones here have been wonderful however we’ve heard so much about the cutting edge research that the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab has done that we are hopeful they will add more techniques and tools for him to move even farther forward in his rehab. 

Anyway, if you don’t hear from me much this week, don’t worry. We’ll actually have more time on our hands in Chicago so I’ll keep you updated after our meetings with the therapists and doctors there.

Love you all!
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