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  •  Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor (17+ / 0-)

    a neurologist who wrote A Stroke of Insight,
    shows that it is possible to recover from some types of aphasia. I recommend that book for everyone who has any experience with aphasia.
    I should think that speech pathologists/therapists are enthusiastically following the recovery of Gabbriele Giffords as we know that she will be getting the very best and latest that science has to offer.

    •  thanks for the rec on that book (8+ / 0-)

      I don't know about SLPs, but we parents of children who have survived brain injury are certainly watching carefully. Let's just say that the best and most up to date techniques are going to be getting a workout in our local school district, or we're going to know the reason why.

      It's helpful to have a public figure openly discussing rehabilitation in this way, because it opens up the conversation about what is known to work, what might work and what doesn't work, along with a dialogue about what it costs to do what works.

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      by PhoenixRising on Mon Jan 23, 2012 at 03:30:09 PM PST

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    •  she of the TED talk, (4+ / 0-)
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      JoanMar, sagansong, puzzled, barbwires

      with a real brain and stem ?
      that was great.

      Addington's perpwalk is the trailhead of accountability for this wound to our national psyche. (But go ahead and arrest Rumsfeld, too.)

      by greenbird on Mon Jan 23, 2012 at 03:40:23 PM PST

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    •  Wow, I need to read that book! (1+ / 0-)
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      I'd rather be called a dirty fucking hippy for reading books then to stand on the side that throws books in the garbage. - MinistryofTruth

      by Jensequitur on Mon Jan 23, 2012 at 05:51:22 PM PST

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    •  I saw the TED, and immediately identified. (1+ / 0-)
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      After my seizure disorder was diagnosed, I reclassified seizures from a horror to a curiosity. I'm convinced there's very little they can do to scare me anymore.

      The way she describes watching the various areas of her brain turning off as the stroke progressed rang a real bell.

      Mine are simple-partial aphasic seizures, meaning I'm fully conscious and aware that an area feeding into my consciousness is starting to wobble and  malfunction. I then, as she did, watch it as it shuts down.

      There is the invariable, stereotypical deja vu, so stunning that I feel current running through my skin. I test for any signs of language, see what I can do with the objects in my immediate environment, probe around "under the hood" to try to see what's visible when the language is all  removed, etc. Sometimes the events will trigger just outside of the usual area and trigger abnormal sensations.

      I then get to watch it all reassemble and test itself, again, sometimes fascinating. I found that different parts of speech restore at different times -- I may be able to retrieve the same word in noun-form, but not in an associated verb/gerund form. I'm completely unable to find verbs, until they, too, reassemble.

      It's just, you know, kinda neat, even though it's happening to me.

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