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Thread #127057   Message #2829558
Posted By: GUEST,Jon Pickow
04-Feb-10 - 01:20 AM
Thread Name: KYTrad (Jean Ritchie) update on illness (Feb 2010)
Subject: KYTrad update
Hi everyone,

Mom is making slow but steady progress. She is beginning to be able to communicate more, and is being weaned from the ventilator. She has enjoyed the cards, flowers and good wishes from everyone. That has been very uplifting for her. We printed out excerpts from the previous thread about her, and brought them to the rehab.

I have been bringing her dulcimer and singing and playing with her. She mouths the words along with most things. Only two weeks ago, she didn't seem to know certain songs which she should have, but it seems that she remembers them now. She especially likes to "sing" Twilight 'A Stealing.

I sing anything that pops in to my head. I skipped a verse to The Shoemaker's Song the other day, and she started slapping the arm of her chair. It's great to see her laugh. We sing hymns too. She was able to strum the dulcimer a little the other day.

We don't know if she will recover fully, but we are pleased with her progress. Thank you all for your caring and concern.

All the best, Jon