Thursday, February 02, 2006

100 feet of cane walking... twice! Ice cream diet?

The big accomplishment today is that Denise walked over 100 feet with a regular cane, and did it twice. The only emesis she was was at noon. That's the first time since 4:30am yesterday. She also ate about four ounces of ice cream for "dinner" tonight and it's staying down. The ice cream diet... this could be the beginning of something. That ought to pack on calories. By the way, I mentioned in a previous post that she's holding weight, but not gaining. As I think about it, she's increasing her physical activity each day and burning more calories. Maybe that's not so bad. Thank you to all the people that have offered to donate your unwanted pounds to Denise over the last several weeks. If only there were a way, huh?
She had a fairly long window of time where she was sitting up or ambulating (that's my new medical jargon word)... about an hour and fifteen minutes. Most of that time was spent in the "family room." The family room has a large screen TV. While watching Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, she was able to read the questions on the screen! Much of that time was spent with the nursing facility's cat, Clovis, on her lap. I think it's kind of ironic that Denise survived Valley Fever, and now the facility she's at has a cat that's got the same name as a city in the central valley of California (I'm told that west Clovis is the nice part of Fresno). Gracie and Jacob love that cat. I think cats are great as long as they're at someone else's house. I've got to admit, this cat seems pretty nice. Then again, I haven't bowled the cat down one of the smooth-floored hallways yet. Maybe I'll get a chance when nobody's looking...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fresno has a nice part?

February 02, 2006 11:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Try throwing the cat upside down. Amazingly, it'll land on all four legs, right side up!

February 03, 2006 7:46 AM  
Anonymous WendyP said...

Hey now, there are a *lot* of nice parts of Fresno, and a lot of good peeps live in the valley. Clovis doesn't actually like being called part of Fresno at all, even though everyone knows they are!

I love to read good news here - hooray for ice cream and lap cats! There's a big group of strangers who have become family here, all pulling for Denise.

February 03, 2006 8:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am happy to hear Denise is progessing.
Be Nice To The Cat. =)

February 03, 2006 10:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll try again;
I am happy to hear Denise is progRessing.
Again, be nice to the Cat. =)

February 03, 2006 10:53 AM  
Anonymous Sarah Mair said...

Hey Phil... I'm thinking that there might be a housecat in your future, if Denise is getting attached to this one. She's going to want one once she's home, and I'm sure Gracie and Jacob would love it. You're going to be outnumbered, you'll give in, and then you will find out just how great cats are when they live with you. :-)

All praise to God! I'm so thrilled to know how He is knitting Denise's body systems and functions back together, little by little. Thank you so much for keeping us all posted.

February 03, 2006 12:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God made cats and God loves cats. You will too when you realize the soothing power they have when sitting on your lap. I learned years ago just what joy a cat in a home can bring. Of course, they own the home, not you. that's the secret of living happily with one.

The news lately sounds all so positive...What we have been waiting for. We'll keep praying and you keep re-thinking the power of a cat in a life.

February 03, 2006 12:56 PM  

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