|Janey at the cheese and cracker reception time|
|Breakfast, which Janey did not care for|
|Janey checking out a water feature in the lobby|
My parents commented on how clearly Janey sings, in contrast to her speaking, and that made me face something I haven't faced much. Janey used to speak very clearly, when she did speak. She doesn't any longer. Often, no-one can understand what she is saying but Tony and me. I hate thinking it, but it's become pretty obvious her speech is getting worse over the years. But the singing---still lovely. I sang the beginning of lines from carols, and she finished them, perfectly. Hearing her sing parts of "O Holy Night" brings tears to my eyes every time.
|Janey sees Nana, as Tony looks on!|
|Janey listening to Grandpa!|
Being away, even for a few nights, can give some new perspectives. They aren't always easy things to face. We need to try to figure out Janey's speech regression. We need to take back some control of routines that have started to make our lives very tough. We need to find a way to see my parents more, while still being around for Tony's brother, who has been in and out of the hospital for a very long time now and who has severe health issues. We need to take a hard look at our finances, which with Tony's retirement have become much more of an issue, making even 2 nights in a hotel a luxury we can't often do. We need to have a life that better balances Janey's needs with our own. None of these are easy tasks. But they are necessary.