Journal entry by Diana Hoffman

Tom's support group had a phone meeting yesterday. So many good things to report!
Tom's physical activity is improving daily. More mobility in his right arm and leg!
Tom has been weaned off the medication that they believe was slowing his speech improvement with a new med. As a matter of fact his reading comprehension has improved to 75 percent! Despite that, his verbal comprehension is still low at about 50 percent. Let us continue with cards and letters as this seems the best way to communicate clearly with him. Not only that but he treasures each an every card!
Tom clearly misses his visits and I hope this will help him a bit since we are all in the same boat!
Depression - this was serious and I was deeply worried. I call in the morning and evening and this seems to lift his spirits. I still realize that his ability to express himself is not "tom" but I have been teasing him that every time he says "sorry" he owes me a dollar. Yesterday I told him I was going to be rich if he does now kick it up a notch.
Garden news. Supplies are coming in for the raised beds and we are in need of seeds/ or plants. Maybe we can send Tom a packet of Zone specific seeds that we love and attach a note to tell him why??? Just a thought.
Yesterday's call left me feeling very optimistic and very joyful as there were many "Tom" minutes where I got a real laugh. When they called they asked me what I was doing and I replied that I was stuffing my face with chocolate and I could hear a "Tom" groan in the background! (Teehee)
Keep those cards and letters coming and every time you go outside and see "Spring" say a little prayer for Tom.
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