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Come home soon from rehab, Jean Cravens!

By Linda Waggener

Jean Cravens got a fall in her Indianapolis home not long after she was honored on her 90th birthday and wound up in rehab.

Family members have worried about the extra danger of crowded areas like hospitals and rehab centers during this Coronavirus, however, in a good long phone visit she said she feels she's in good hands, safe, and getting physical therapy.

It was so good to hear her voice sounding strong, positive and thankful. Instead of focusing on life's hardships, Jean has always given gifts to others in every encounter by sharing her positive attitude.

Even in these circumstances, she gave thanks for her parents, E.P. and Audrey Chelf Waggener, for her husband, Paul, each child and grandchild, each brother and sister - "a wonderful life".

She spoke of how hard her parents worked, investing every bit of energy every day in raising her and her five brothers and sisters.

She specifically remembered helping her mother who'd spend all day Monday doing laundry and all day Tuesday ironing. As she grew, she'd help with all of the chores and remembers really enjoying ironing. She did not enjoy milking the cow.

Her big brother Arthur Lee tried to teach her how to milk the cow but she recalls being terrified of the larger animals. She said she either couldn't, or wouldn't, catch on to milking because the cow's utter would just slip through her little fingers. She remembers her brother telling their mom he just couldn't understand it but the little smile on her mothers face told her that probably she could understand it and so Jean got assigned other chores.

Jean hopes to get back home very soon. Meanwhile she feels safe and in good care. She wishes for audio books and longs for her favorite 'Mrs. Dash' seasoning. She hopes that as family is allowed to visit at her window (not in her room until the virus passes) someone may bring it.

Meanwhile, she's working at her physical therapy, walking better each day. She said she is taking steps now and no longer shuffling. Good job, Jean!

And she said 9:30amCT was a good time to talk as she'd just finished physical therapy. Her number in rehab is 317.530.1753.

For Jean and every person who winds up in the hospital or nursing home setting, and for all their caregivers, may God bless and keep you!

This story was posted on 2020-08-23 04:36:44
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2020-08-26 - Indianapolis, IN - Photo by Beth Cravens.
Surprise Lilies are celebrated in the flower garden of Jean and Beth Cravens. Beth shares the picture for all of us who love the two girls, as well as the beautiful flowers. - LW

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