Sunday, August 9, 2009

Shut up and drive

As I write the update today Ted is at the Summer Place's closing performance of "Kiss Me Kate", somewhat of a milestone as this performance closed the run of not only the show and the 2009 Summer Place season but Summer Place's residency at Naperville Central High School. Though I was not there to hear it, I'm sure that Ted did another great job of the pre-curtain announcement and letting the audience know to stay tuned to the Summer Place website for details of next season. In other Summerplace news, a good time was had by all at last week's Kiss Me Kate Singalong. The group was small but what was lacked in numbers was made up in enthusiasm. Though Ted wishes his singing voice would come back quicker the rest of us think he is doing very well.

This week marked the end of the Midwestern Stroke Study with Ted. He turned in the GPS belt with all the data for the last time and, on Wednesday, went back to Marion Joy for another 6 minute timed test. Ted almost doubled the distance he could cover since the first test though it was still very challenging for both Ted and Sara (sometimes known as "Drill Sergant Sara") to be quiet during the test.

Ted is really enjoying the fact that he is now free to drive, taking himselt to Starbucks, the barbershop for his summer "buzz cut" and the DGPL library (to visit, pick up more videos, books and some Wii games) and both of us to Church and out for lunch when we feel like a special treat. Note on the "buzz cut" - he came home with a totally shaved head figuring it would take longer to grow out than the buzz and feeling a bit like Yul Brenner and Daddy Warbucks! (Works for me).

Speaking of special treats, since August is Ted's birthday month he has been getting birthday cards from various restaurants (with a special birthday discount, thank you very much). On Friday night we took advantage of his White Fence Farm gift indulging in Fried Chicken, Corn Fritters and all the rest of the "fixin's". After dinner we headed out to one of our favorite first run movie theaters to see "Julie and Julia". For anyone who loves Julia Child, it is well worth the price of admission (even at first run prices!). Great film and some interesting insights about Julia's early career and some of her mannerisms on the early cooking shows. (We won't spoil it for you - just go see the film then go to your local library and pick up her early "French Chef" series on DVD. Great fun).

Therapy, both at Marion Joy and at home via Wii Fit, continues. The left arm is still very slow to come back with movement in the fingers and more ability to grip with the thumb and first finger but no piano playing yet. They tell us the fine motor skills are the last to come back and to be patient but it is very hard at times.

We continue to keep the faith and know that all of you do as well. Thanks for your prayers and your comments both via this blog and via Ted's facebook page. If you are a facebook friend, thank you. He absolutely loves your comments, notes, etc. (If you are not and are on facebook, please "friend" him. He would love to have you in his network).

I don't "do" facebook but am on Linked In so ... see you there.

Michelle (and Ted)

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