We have had a great time with Jian the past several days. I was able to see a few home health patients on Saturday while Daniel took her to the movies. She told me all about it and seemed to have a good time. She says more and more words in English every day. She is practicing her physical therapy exercises and walking with her cane in the house a little further each day. I am still not pushing her a whole lot, just trying to get her in the habit. We praise her, and as a reward, Daniel throws her up in the air and catches her several times, which she loves. She uses our phrase back on us: “One more time! One more time!”
I was going to wait about taking her to church for a while, but she asked to wear a dress this weekend. I told her that those were for church and asked if she wanted to go. She smiled really big and said yes. So we took her just to Bible class. I went with her to the youngest class where they mostly just sing songs. She has never been exposed to any Biblical information, so I think this will be the best way to learn the quickest, too. She sat in my lap for the first few minutes, then asked to sit in her own seat. Eventually, she asked to have the tray put over her seat like the other children. By the end of class, she was participating and smiling. Success!
I am still not sure that she will be ready to start school next month, but I am getting all of the paperwork ready just in case. She has told both Daniel and me on two separate occasions that she likes Volkswagen Beetles. So funny. She has also discovered Chilton County peaches and loves them. She has been helping me cook and is so proud to tell Daniel that she helped cook dinner. I think this is encouraging her to try new foods that she would not otherwise try if she had not been involved in cooking them.
We have a big week ahead. Tomorrow is her appointment with the neurologist for the nerve conduction study in her legs. I thought that this was done with stickers and electrodes, but have recently been told that it is painful and involves needles. Wednesday is her dental appointment to find out what we are dealing with besides the two cavities that we know about. Friday is another physical therapy appointment. At some point, we will need to go to the DMV and stand in line for who-knows-how-many hours to get the handicapped parking sticker for my car. Seems kind of oxymoronic…