Three weeks at Shepherd. I think Jan shows subtle improvements every day. This morning at her suggestion she walked (with walker and my support but it still counts) to the central area for breakfast. After breakfast she did some more of the deduction problems and did well. Her physical therapist had her walking without the walker today and she did well with that. She still complains of dizziness. Most of this is thought to be orthostasis (decrease blood pressure with lightheadedness when going from lower position to a higher position). This does seem better and part of the sensation may be from medications she is on one of which was stopped this weekend(by Jan). This sensation puts her in a difficult place. The more she is upright and does the better she should get but the sensation keeps her from doing as much as we would like. She is on two other meds that have been started since getting here that are used for attention deficit. The attention deficit is apparently common in people with brain injury and Jan clearly began improving shortly after starting at least one of them. She would stop all of her meds if it were up to her since she thinks the dizziness is med related and certainly can be. I do not know yet how long it is recommended that she stay on these drugs. I have a meeting with her treatment team on Wednesday. Hope to get questions answered then of what are discharge criteria and when is updated expected discharge for Jan. Preliminary was Aug 9th. Shepherd and Jan are well aware that our insurance will pay for 30 days which is up on the 26th. It is not cheap here and as bad as Jan wants to go home if I do not take her then it will not be pretty. I feel like for her mental well being she will be much better served having her outpatient therapy done closer to home in Jackson where we have family. Got to admit home sounds awful good to me too. I have spoken with someone at one facility that offers the type of outpatient therapy that she needs and have had good recommendations on them.
My state Senator Gary Jackson gave me a call today. He is in agreement with the amendment to the 3 foot law and I am very appreciative of that. He and I also talked some about DA Allgood. Mr Allgood apparently and not surprising given how heinous an act that was done to Jan, has gotten a lot of flack for his position on what happened. I did not like it either but Mr Allgood was going by Mississippi law and he had no control on that but we do. I do think if the law had allowed he would have pursued harsh penalties. Our control is in letting our Senators and Representatives know what is important so I will say again if you have not contacted yours then do it regarding the 3 foot law amendment. I would also like to see a distracted driver law at some point. I suspect this will be a more difficult thing to accomplish from what i have been told but be aware the 3 foot law amendment is not a given so do not be complacent. Unless there is a special session it will be brought up in January next year.
Thank you all again for your concern about Jan. She says frequently with tears in her eyes how tired she is of being sick. Her point of time reference is only about ten days since she became aware. Ours is 8 long weeks and TIGT at how well she is doing since this happened. She asked me today at what point did I feel like she was going to live. I hope none of you are ever in a situation to hear or ask that.
SHARE THE ROAD, IT'S A LIFE
PUT THE !%@$# CELL PHONE DOWN BEFORE YOU KILL SOMEBODY
GET OFF THE COUCH, LIFE IS FOR DOING STUFF
SUPPORT BIKE WALK MISSISSIPPI, THEY WILL HELP MAKE CHANGES HAPPEN
BE BRIGHT AND BE SEEN
I Love My Little Darlin,