Sometimes we are handed unexpected gifts and if we aren’t observant, we miss them. Earlier this month, Steve had an appointment with his neurologist. His goal was to get 100% on his tests. There really isn’t such a thing as 100% on the tests, but it was a good goal.
The next day, Steve was disappointed in how he did on the cognitive testing. Steve did his best on the tests and found them to be difficult. One one test, the doctor said that Steve did very good and showed no decline. Steve took this as a negative because the doctor did not say he improved. I looked at Steve and asked, I’m sure in a loving way, “Are you serious?!?!?!?!?” The doctor said that on all his other tests, Steve “improved dramatically” and that the changes Steve showed were not small. The doctor said that Steve showed significant improvement in copying drawings, speed of completing tasks, number recognition and verbal fluency with no areas of decline. I told Steve he needed to recognize how hard he worked and how much he improved and appreciate it. It has taken a lot of work on Steve’s part over the last six months to reach this level.
Tonight I received an unexpected gift. I haven’t used Pages on my iPad for a while, and when I did, I discovered a note my son had typed for me ten days ago. What a gift!