A Room with a View

On our way to the hospital this morning we made a pre destination stop to pick up some fresh papaya and avocados for Mary-Jo.

Upon arrival at the Intensive Care Unit, we had another amazing surprise awaiting us. Along with a beautiful smile from Mary-Jo; she lifts her arms to demonstrate the accomplishment of the morning, full movement in her elbow joints.

My spirit becomes so elated when I see her. She has so much strength and determination. She is so beautiful and handles all the commotion with such grace. She greets every hospital staff with a warm hello and never fails to ask how they are doing, or how their day is going. Every time they leave she never forgets a name or fails to say thank you. It is truly such an honour to be in her presence, let alone be her daughter. Her bed was basically a mini gym, there is a long metal rod that is elevated and runs from the top of her bed to the bottom. They have fastened elastic medical bandages to the top of the rod with safety pins, and they droop down to above her level and then return back to the rod. So she can reach up and hook her arms in the loops and do exercises. Now keep in mind this is all happening in the Intensive Care Unit. All of the staff are so inspired by her attitude, her progress and her health.

We read The Lord of the Rings to her today, she loves the book. All the while she is receiving arm massages and shoulder rubs. She tells us that when we rub her arms she can feel them coming alive again. Her muscles are warm and strong. Today I was sitting by her side reading to her and massaging her right arm I could feel the nerves twitching. I gave her a look and she said “see my nerves are already growing and regrouping. I can feel them.”

At about 3:00 pm we got the go ahead and her room was ready up in the spinal ward. So we packed up all her vitamins and cards and headed up to her new digs. What an amazing view, if being that close to heaven doesn’t have an effect on the healing process I don’t know what would. It is stunning, she has a full scope view into the core of downtown and right onto the harbor. It was a sunny gorgeous day and the light scheme that flooded into her room surrounded her with the most opaque and pastel pinks and teal blues. It was truly magical and the light reflected all of the prayers and healing energy you all have been sending her.

After she enjoyed the view we were able to move all of the flowers into her room. She is so at awe and so grateful for all the beautiful bouquets and messages that all of you have sent. Now that she is up in the spinal ward, her rehabilitation process will begin. The nurses and doctors are so excited to work with her. They are so amazed by her progress, attitude and strength just from reading the reports and talking with her previous nurses and us. Everyday I never fail to mention all of the support, love and prayers that are coming in. Your letters and emails bring tears to her eyes and faith to her heart. Gratitude is and attitude and that attitude is undoubtedly contagious, so we are sending so much of that gratitude and possivity back to you all. Thank you all so much.

Published by Mary-Jo

I am passionate about diversity, inclusion, sustainability and community. Having raised my children in a small B.C. town as a single parent, I relied on the community, my resourcefulness and the land to sustain us. We developed a market farm,built a cafe and catering business that utilized the produce, local farmers and families to thrive. As a Waldorf school parent I became experienced in biodiversity, edible landscapes and community engagement. I gained substantial skills in leadership, facilitation, project management, communication through teaching yoga and running various business's. My role as a facilitator and trainer to individuals seeking to become a yoga teacher- whom never thought that they could stand in front of a room and speak in public, gave me insight into human nature and coaching. In addition to designing and building businesses - cafés, yoga studios and national training programs, I am a student of Social Development & Social Psychology and understand the complexity and importance of social engagement. I can handle with grace most any situation, having encountered a disability later in life. Consequent to becoming disabled and through advocacy and providing peer support I have trained and acquired extensive exposure and understanding of UN principles on disability, The Human Rights objectives, theories and principles of Universal Design and the various challenges and obstacles for those affected and the relationship to various stakeholders. After 30 years of teaching yoga, my spinal cord injury and subsequent sabbatical has allowed for the integration of my yoga and more in-depth study of the Healing Arts. I have had the fortune of working with some of the best in the field of rehabilitation, Somatic Experiencing and manual therapy including Emilie Conrad, Mark Finch, Judy Russel, Rod Stryker, Carolyn Myss, Ana Forest, & Tim Miller, Susan Harper, Mariah Moser, Herta Buller and Nature.