Monday, 5 November 2012

Update - November 5, 2012

Allison has spent her first full week at home after her discharge from the Rehab Centre! She had two outpatient speech therapy sessions at the Rehab Centre last week and one music therapy session at home.   Allison is making progress (her music therapist hadn’t seen her for a couple of weeks and said she found Allison’s progress “remarkable”). The other good news is that Allison is confident that she can recover her ability to speak coherently, with the benefits of therapy and time.  Her music therapy is being bumped up to twice a week, and so her regular weekly outpatient speech and home music therapy sessions will total four in number. Otherwise, her weekly calendar is still a work-in-progress, as we are waiting for a Home Visit from the Aphasia Centre of Ottawa to find out what programs it has that are recommended for Allison. Once we have the Aphasia Centre programs lined up, and add a couple of weekly personal trainer sessions at the YMCA, she will have a fairly full agenda.

In the meantime, Allison spends her time quite gainfully, playing the piano quite a lot (her favourite activity it seems, and she is playing very well), working on her speech and music therapy exercises, Sudoku, going for daily accompanied neighbourhood walks, reading (although her vision has been impacted, and she is going for an appointment with her optometrist soon to see if her prescription is part of the issue), and catching quite a few naps during the day. When she is well-rested, Allison’s energy and sociability are reminiscent of the pre-surgery Allison, and if you met her casually to just exchange hellos, you would never know anything has been amiss.  

This coming week Allison and Bob are travelling to Western Canada to visit family, including their new grandson Blake.   When Allison is back in Ottawa in mid-November, we are hoping that her full weekly agenda will be soon be in place. Subject to needing time for lots of rest at various points during the day, and getting through her scheduled activities, it will be great if she can have the opportunity to benefit from social interactions with friends. 

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