Friday wore us both out. I skipped William's regular Sat routine. It was just sleep and rest.
Sunday we head off to church at 7AM. As usual William is asking at 4AM is it time to get up? I want to go to church. I remind him like I do every Sunday morning. it is too early. I want to sleep until 6:30AM. But, he keep bugging me every hour until it is time to get up.
William loves to go to church on Sundays. I am very glad that I am not working as many Sundays anymore. I had read our Sunday school lesson Saturday night. William was able to to comprehend the lesson. For some reason..William does not like to read anymore. He just wants me to read to him. Admittedly I love to read and do it well. But, I try to encourage him to read some. He can read he just seems not to want to. I am not sure why. I will continue to have him read paragraphs. I will increase the reading until he reads more. I have noticed that he able to sing in church again. For months after the stroke he was not able to sing at all. Now, he can belt out the songs well. I do encourage him and sing with him. He is able to stand throughout the standing portions of service and walks with assistance into the chapel.
We had lunch at church and he loved the fellowship. He was ready for the pool. I had warned him during church that that is the plan. Pool after church. We had the pool pretty much to ourselves. We did well. William walked for 50 minutes. I wanted 60 minutes but he kept asking to leave.
I have started to use a plastic pull that I put around his weak left leg and I just give a light pull to help the leg and he walks forward. I have noticed a change. William used to walk sideways when walking forwards in the water. Now , he seems to walk straight forward. He weak leg just needs a little encouragement now. Much less than when i started. I noticed that when i walk him out of the pool. I can usually slip my foot under his heel and just help with a little lift. He needed alot more help before.
I must say that i am seeing improvement. But, it has been 2 years and 3 months. This is a long process. We must continually work at recovery. I am constantly harping at William...we need to go 5 days of the week. What a therapist I have become.
William asked me today if I had noticed any changes. He wants to hear that he is getting better. and i can honestly tell him that he is. It is just a slow process. Stroke survivors and caregivers are anomilies in this age of instant gratification. We are accustomed to slow but steady progress.