I thought I would do a first anniversary update in April but Doré keeps waiting for the morning she wakes up and says, “Whew, I’m glad that’s over.” Not going to happen quite that way.
She continues to make significant progress. The left leg is still weak; the foot still drags some; the Wernicke’s Aphasia makes it difficult to process spoken language, particularly in groups; the related paraphasias make it difficult to read and retain anything beyond newspaper level of difficulty and often to find the right word when speaking. Don’t we all? The weakness in the left leg makes it hard to move it quickly, which greatly increases the risk of falling.
She often makes phone calls and understands what the other person says. She reads and discusses the Strib every day although has difficulty making sense of what’s happening in the world. Don’t we all? She walks in the pool about a half mile and around the condo for forty-five minutes every day and uses a stationary bike for half an hour every day, all without the ankle brace. She has made significant progress.
We are staying in a friend’s condo this summer so that Doré has access to the Falls and Pinnacle pool and exercise room. Our intent is to take the 48-state bike ride starting in September. Our concern is not rather Doré will be able to ride the tandem but the process of getting on and off. We may look for a different bike with a lower step-over.
Here is a link to a commentary that was published in the Star Tribune this morning:
We are not questioning the value of the intravascular procedure that Doré had or the quality of the work her team of doctors performed. Our intent in writing the commentary was to emphasize the importance of good insurance (which we are fortunate enough to have) and to highlight some of the factors that are driving the so-called “health care” debate in the U.S.
Our system provided the technology and the expertise to eliminate Doré’s threat from the aneurysms. Even without insurance, she probably would have received the same treatment and care. But without insurance, we would be selling the condo to help pay the half million dollar bill. For the people we have met living with other systems, our health-care is a bigger mystery than our choice of president.