Happy Fall! I hope you are all enjoying the change in the weather. I am desperately hoping it stays mild and dry for as long as possible so Jo can continue to venture outside in her wheelchair and get some fresh air. She is slowly and steadily improving. Her words are coming more and more easily, and she is comfortable walking around the house, unassisted with her cane.
The big improvements of the first few months are a thing of the past. It must be frustrating for Jo to have come so far, only to hit a wall, where it’s hard to see changes on a day-to-day basis. Her doctors have estimated her recovery will take two years. The days are hard, long and monotonous. Chris has expressed that Saturdays are the worst. More than ever, she needs friends and visits.
Here are some tidbits of information that might help you plan a visit!
Visiting in a group can be nice because the conversation comes more naturally, and it’s not as much work for her.
She also likes one-on-one visits so don’t let that stop you!
She can basically get herself to and from the bathroom, and will tell you if she wants assistance (just ask).
You’ll need at least one woman in your group in case she wants help in the bathroom.
She’s not ready to go anywhere before about 9 a.m.
Monday-Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. works really well because Chris can run over to NU and meet with his sub.
She is usually in therapy Monday & Wednesday mornings.
Chris would love some Saturday visits too because that is the hardest day for him.
Jo loves to go into town in her wheelchair to get a coffee, lunch or stroll the sidewalks.
You’ll need to be fairly strong to get her up Pine or York Street and back to the house in her wheelchair. Two people is no problem.
You can wheel her out the back of the house, through the garage, and down the driveway in her wheelchair.
If you pull the car up along the side of the driveway, she CAN walk up to the house, but it’s hard, so be ready to help!
She can get in and out of a regular sized car. A huge truck would be a problem.
Venture beyond Nevada City! Take her to downtown Grass Valley, a movie at Sierra Cinemas, even Auburn!
Evening visits are also appreciated, so stop by after work.
Cook something for dinner, and invite yourself over to share it with Jo!
Lights are out early at the Bishop house… by 8 p.m. everyone is in bed.
If you are feeling nervous about visiting, know that she is still very much Jo. You’ll catch her saying “brother” or raising an eyebrow. She’ll come up with a name of a close friend faster than you will. And the best part of the visit is watching her light up when she sees you. The big “hi” you get will make your week.
Chris is quick to reply to texts, and loves offers to visit. Text him anytime to set something up: (530) 263-8074