David here again. Jenni didn't actually directly ask me to post but I'm unsure whether or not she will get the chance to post again or not. She has surprised us all a few times in the past few weeks, months and years and maybe she will again.
Jenni has lost the use of her legs completely now as of Thursday and requires a lifting machine to get transfer her from her recliner (where she spends nearly 24 hours a day) to her new electric wheelchair. Her sister, Caz, organised it, I'm not sure on the details how, but it seems she has a contact and it's all for free as far as I can understand. Jack and I arrived on Friday night after our week at work and school and here was Jenni meeting us at the door on her new wheels! lol. She was loving the freedom to easily get outside and back again but unfortunately the getting in and out of it takes some time and effort. I don't think she even got into it today as she was feeling so tired, sore and sick that we just wheeled her recliner outside. She hasn't had the time or energy to even look at her computer to check her blog, however I have the feeling her eyesight may be deteriorating too. I set the laptop up for her to read your comments and it was just too much for her so i read them out to her (unfortunately we only made it through half of them today). She was so appreciative of all your love and support and we both were reduced to tears before too many comments were read. Thank you all so much. All the time Jack was buzzing around on her new electric wheelchair! lol. "Hey Mum and Dad, look how fast it goes in second! Dad, can I put it in third?" "No!!" says dad as Jack nearly takes out the table and chairs under the gazebo! Someone was having fun!
Jenni's Mum, sisters (Caz and Liz) and her brother Greg have been with Jenni a lot these past few weeks which has been great for Jenni and they have had some wonderful reminiscing conversations. Caz, Liz and their Grandma, Nana Jo, came down on Melbourne Cup Day, complete with hats (sorry, fascinators!) and platters of yummy food. Lucky for Jack and I we turned up to help eat it! Lee continues to be a tower of strength for her too and looked after Jack for a few hours for me today so I could get a start on some school work and writing school reports.
All in all though it hasn't been a great week. Jenni continues to grow weaker and at times she feels she has just had enough (as she told me this morning). She had several "bad" day this week, including today. The pain continues to break through every few hours and she is just so tired. sorry to have to publish mush of this post but it is what it is. Once again, she is so grateful for all of your support (as am I) and I will try to read her some more comments tomorrow.
Take care and thank you all again.
Saturday, 21 November 2009
Posted by Jen Ballantyne at 9:52 pm