|Attempting to interest Janey in a present. The cat is about as interested as she is.|
This week, Janey is also doing fairly well. She's going for many, many rides in the car, her preferred form of entertainment, and she's doing a lot of cruising YouTube Kids. She's been somewhat tired out, and has been napping some, which is not her usual routine. Overall, she's been mellow, and somewhat withdrawn. Her talking has been at a low point for a while now, and that isn't changing. She isn't saying much beyond the routine phrases asking for a car ride, soup (boiled kale) or salami, or help putting on a particular TV show.
I wonder sometimes if we are settling into the next phase of life with Janey. It's a lot easier in many ways than it used to be. The worst of Janey's rage and intensity seem to be gone for now. However, along with that, she seems slowed down. She isn't learning new things, or saying new things, or making leaps forward. Progress with Janey was always slow, and often ebbed and flowed, but this feels different.
|Janey with her brothers and our friend at our annual Christmas get-together|
Things could change on a dime. Janey could go back to the tougher times, or stay calmer but get more responsive and talkative. For now, though, I've been thinking a lot about times people told me it would get easier. I doubted they were right. I didn't think it ever would. But for now, it has, and I hope I can say to others that might be having very hard times right now---it truly does get easier. I can say that from the perspective of someone who knows absolutely how tough the tough times can be. Hold on. Hang in there.