appreciation and love over these past 53 years that
we have been a couple.
Two weeks ago, I wrote about my wife Kays start on
the road to recovery after the debilitating stroke she suffered
She has received intensive treatment for all aspects of
her condition during her time at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital
in Wheaton, and on Wednesday we brought her back to the subacute
nursing facility at our Oak Crest DeKalb Area Retirement Center,
where we live. The rehab process will be less intensive but will
continue indefinitely in hopes of restoring some of her speech
and memory. The stroke and accompanying aphasia and apraxia affected
the left side of the brain, but did not leave her physically
Since Mothers Day is coming, I have been contemplating
all the wonderful things a mother and wife provide. I have told
her these things as I sit beside her bed, but should have expressed
Marianjoy Hospital therapists work with Kay Schrader
(center) to reacquaint her with her lifelong love of music by
playing a simple melody on the piano. At left is Lindsay Jansen.
a speech pathology student, and at right is speech therapist
Erica Zalay. (Barry Schrader photo)
So I offer this advice to those of you who have a mother
or spouse: Show your love and appreciation not just once a year
with flowers or a dinner out, but time after time throughout
the year. The famous sonnet by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, How
do I love thee? Let me count the ways
, seems appropriate
to share as well.
The Roman poet Virgil wrote that Love conquers all,
as well as Endure the present and watch for better things.
He really had a way with words.
Enough of this rambling; I hope to keep writing my column,
even though not weekly, but my first priority is her rehabilitation
and showing her the love and care she so rightfully deserves