May. 7th, 2016

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Not a lot to report this month, which is good.

Kate just had another MRI and it continues stable, so we have cranked the steroids down another notch. She is now taking 2mg/1mg on alternate days, down from 8mg a day all last year. With luck we will eventually be able to get her off of the steroids and their nasty side effects completely. There is still some aphasia, and memory and cognitive issues, but they vary a lot depending on time of day, energy level, and who she's talking to, so it's hard to say whether they are improving or staying the same. I think there's some improvement, but it's slow.

Her strength and balance continue to improve; she is now getting around using only a cane, and hasn't used the walker in over a month. She is now rated as an "independent community ambulator" by the physical therapist and has gone on a few walks by herself. Things are going well enough that she is now only seeing the PT every other week, and the naturopath every other month. As for me, I'm now on a "call me if you need to see me" schedule with my psychologist.

We haven't had any travel in the last month, but we did see some live theatre (I particularly enjoyed "The Pianist of Willesden Lane" and the lumberjack circus "Timber!"). May will be a busy month, though: we are going to Chicago next week for the Nebula Awards weekend and Book Expo America, then to Madison two weeks after that for Wiscon, followed by a few days in Milwaukee with my dad.

Thanks to Melissa, Teresa, Joyce, Geri, Will, Patty & Sean, John, Shannon, Chip & John, Karen, Robin & Dave, Bo & Don, Marti, Sara, and everyone else who came by for a walk or a visit or shared a meal.

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