November has not exactly been Jenny’s favorite month. On Election Day, Jenny took a nasty tumble onto the floor during a transfer between her bed and wheelchair. She landed hard and broke her right shoulder. Her arm is in a sling, and doctors say we can expect the shoulder to heal in a few weeks. Meanwhile, every change of position is more difficult and uncomfortable for Jenny.
Saturday was even tougher. A mishap with her sip-and-puff breathing apparatus left Jenny in need of mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, which her dad performed successfully. Jenny had to go to the emergency room for a chest X-ray (which confirmed that she did not suffer any injury from the CPR efforts) and for observation to be sure that her breathing was back on track. After a few hours, she was allowed to return home.
Once again, though, Jenny showed her mettle. She promptly resumed watching the Olsen twins DVD (“When in Rome”) that had been in progress before her morning went awry, then devoured generous helpings of some of her favorite foods (stuffing and chocolate milk) while cracking jokes with the family and friends gathered around her. Now, Jenny is looking forward to Thanksgiving decorations for her room (she has requested an inflatable turkey!) and the release of the movie Twilight, based on one of her favorite Stephanie Meyer books.
Here’s hoping that the rest of November lives up to Jenny’s happiest expectations.