For the last 4 weeks, Amanda has continued to show more signs of motivation and increasing energy and alertness. She actually acknowledged that she does feel ‘sharper’ since the diabetes medication began in early March. This is in addition to continuing to take 2 Voluntastrols capsules each day
I reminded her, when she was diagnosed how the doctor bluntly put it;
“You must be feeling like crap”.
But of course any feeling of ‘crapness’ was probably being confused with the ongoing stroke fatigue.
To keep organised, both for shopping and what to eat, I write out a basic menu for a few weeks in advance. Amanda has recently gone from asking me what’s for dinner to actually taking an interest in not only reading my scribble, but reading it aloud.
This is a significant breakthrough.
She has been able to read in her head for a long time but has struggled to verbalise the words other than to give a general impression of what something says. She can’t yet do it every time but it demonstrates that even after 2 years and with regular practice, her brain continues to rebuild connections.
Following on from this, she was self –motivated enough to try a little harder. So she picked a random novel from the bookshelf to see if she could read it. But at this stage, the words were;
A few nights ago, just before bed, I found her walking around the kitchen island in her nightdress. Since she doesn’t usually leave the bedroom for the night once she is in there, I asked her what she was doing.
She held up her wrist to show me her smart watch. She was on 2930 steps and was determined to get to 3000 before bed.
Last week, as she was browsing Facebook, she spotted her old job advertised on her former employer’s page. She sighed.
“Ah well, onwards and upwards.” She said.
“How far?” I asked.
“To the moon.” She replied