Monday, November 5, 2007
An Evening with Miss Maine
Courtney and I shared a relatively quiet night and early start to the morning, promptly at 6 a.m. (any complaining on my part was met with "you signed up for this," which I suppose is true). She needed all the sleep she could get with today's busy slate.
We started off in speech therapy with Courtney eating solid foods for the first time: a piece of wheat bread and peach slices. She was able to chew the food, swallow and wash it down with a bottle of water between bites. I never realized how much effort goes into eating, aside from chewing and swallowing, the tongue swishes back and forth about eight hundred times (a rough estimate).
After breakfast, Courtney walked all over the hallway in physical therapy and later worked on stretching exercises. She has really improved her torso and neck control, she can sit up straight longer and more effectively squirm around in bed, although she still winds up in positions that would make a yoga instructor cringe.
With the weather holding up, we went for our regular stroll in the park adjacent to Spaulding. We listened to the trains chugging by and walked past a flock of ducks. I find that a duck's opinion of me is very much influenced by whether or not I have bread (we also listened to Mitch Hedberg's comedy album for those who recognize my plagiarism). Courtney had a good time, I asked three times before she agreed to come back inside.
Our case manager John let us know that we are still on track to head to Crotched Mountain, now set for Wednesday or Thursday, rather than tomorrow. Courtney would be there yesterday if it were up to her, the staff at Spaulding has treated us very well and we're truly thankful. Everyone is impressed by her progress and happy that she's taking the next leap.
On the flip side, I'm very impressed with the progress I've made in Guitar Hero 3 which has taken up the majority of my night. I wonder if we could work XBox 360 into Court's rehab regimen, I'll run it by her.