The road to recovery is not a straight line.
Often times, following a stroke, there is rapid recovery during the first three months, but then progress slows down. This eventually leads to the dreaded “plateau” after about six months.
Rehabilitation from a brain injury can take many months or years. Improvement comes in spurts. Everyone eventually hits a plateau where recovery seems to come to a standstill.
Jodanna experienced a plateau in December. Her progress slowed down. And with the prospect of Chris going back to work, Jo’s spirits took a hit as well. Friends and family were concerned.
Chris returned to Nevada Union in January. Chris and friends worried about Jo’s reaction to being alone for several hours during the day. Could she take care of herself? Would she be safe? What if she fell? As it turned out, all the collective nail biting was for naught.
Jo is doing great. Her motivation is back. She has a good solid routine, and she sticks to it. Generally, Chris’ Mom, Carol, takes Jo to therapy in the morning for a couple of hours. (Thank you Carol Bishop). Then Carol brings her home. Jo makes her own coffee and bagels and cream cheese and carries them to her chair in the living room. Jo spends the afternoons by herself until Chris gets home. Friends drop in to visit, but she’s basically on her own. She watches TV, and occasionally calls a friend on her phone.
Jo loves her new routine, and it shows. She’s often seen doing laps around Nevada City with Chris, and stopping in at Java Johns. Her independence improves daily, and her winning smile is back.
How is she doing physically?
Well, she can tell you herself…
Jo’s wheelchair is happily collecting dust in the garage.