Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Update - September 11, 2012

Allison has had another good week and events are finally moving quickly! Allison had her missing skull piece replaced with titanium mesh last week and she is no longer required to wear a helmet. Plus, the ABI (Acquired Brain Injury) clinic where she is going next for aggressive rehab has had a bed open up much earlier than expected and Allison is moving this Thursday. She isn't thrilled about not coming home at this juncture, but she understands that the therapy work now begins in earnest and that there is a ton of work to be done to re-establish her speech, etc.
 
In that regard we met on the weekend with Cheryl Jones, a music therapist who has excellent credentials and a wonderful manner. Allison was going to start music therapy sessions with Cheryl right away but now we'll wait and see how the music therapy fits in with the comprehensive ABI program before proceeding.  Some of the training Cheryl received was from the same doctor who trained the music therapist who has been working with Congresswoman Gifford to restore her speech after she was shot.  Cheryl established a rapport with Allison in a short time and Allison is keen about proceeding with the music therapy.