Marla, Mary and Leo continue their busy schedule of therapy at Craig.
Marla was disappointed to learn that Jean and Peggy, her PT and OT
from the very beginning at Craig, were being re-assigned to other
patients. The primary duty for both is inpatient therapy, and with new
patients coming in, both were needed on the inpatient team full-time.
Marla had grown to like them both very much, and was sad to have to
transition, but she understood. She continues to enjoy working
with Celeste, her new PT, Marcy, her speech therapist, and Lisa,
who works with her on recreation therapy in the pool. Marla
has switched to a Monday, Wednesday and Friday schedule, each day
with 6-7 hours of physical, occupational, and speech therapies. She
now gets a day of rest on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so that helps
her to keep up with the hard work of the long days at Craig!
On 5⁄31 and 6⁄1, Marla, Mary, and Leo packed up their belongings
from the Brooks’ house on Race Street, and moved back up to
Marla’s townhome in Northglenn, where she had been living up
until the accident. It was a lot of work to move. Marla was a bit
apprehensive about the move at first, but she and Mary and Leo
seem to have settled in comfortably. Since Marla is back home,
her cat Puck is living with her again, and she really enjoys his company
as he snuggles with her at bedtime each evening.
On Friday 6⁄5, Marla visited the opthalmologist, where she underwent
a minor procedure to plug the tear ducts of her eyes. It is hoped that
this will improve the moisture in her eyes and reduce their sensitivity,
since she is still unable to close them completely when blinking or
sleeping. The plan is still for her to have surgery toward the end of
June to help repair the bones in her inner ear, which hopefully will
help to improve her hearing and comprehension.
On a recent visit to Glenwood Springs, on Memorial Day weekend,
Marla enjoyed riding the new Iron Mountain Tramway to the Glenwood
Caverns, north of town, where she took in the incredible views
during a beautiful spring day in the mountains. Be sure to drop by
and see the updated Photo Gallery to see pictures!
During the same weekend, Marla surprised her family by playing
the piano! It took some prompting, as she was anxious that she
wouldn’t be able, but when Mark pulled out some familiar sheet
music, she joined right in, playing along with her un-injured left
hand! She played the right notes, in the right key, and in the
correct rhythm. Mary and Leo were very excited and moved to
hear her making music again.
Marla also enjoyed watching a video that the students from her
class at Glacier Peak put together for her. They each offered their
heartfelt greetings and wishes, and gave updates on what they
learned and on their plans for the summer. It brought tears to
Marla’s eyes to hear their tender thoughts for her, always
expressed with the purity and honesty of a child.