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  •  she of the TED talk, (4+ / 0-)
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    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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    •  Yes, the very one. She was able to (4+ / 0-)

      document what was happening to her and her book was very the title implies.
      The most important takeaway, at least for me, is that support from loved ones play the most important role in the recovery from aphasia. And or managing the challenges that will come with it.

      •  Support and time (3+ / 0-)
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        Her mom worked with her for 8 years.  How many of us (without moms or extensive resources) would get 8 months?  

        I know whn my faher in law had a severe stroke with aphasia Medicare gave him 3 months.  Since he didn't show "significant improvement" in that time further rehab was denied.

        Democrats give you the Bill of Rights; Republicans sell you a bill of goods!

        by barbwires on Mon Jan 23, 2012 at 05:42:09 PM PST

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        •  I liked the book, too (2+ / 0-)
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          For me, two takeaways are the importance of sleep and quiet. Both are hard to get in hospitals, rehab facilities, and nursing homes.

          I've seen research that even clinically "mild" strokes are effectively disabling much of the time, in that people can not return to their previous work. In addition to aphasia, there are problems with high-level mental capacities like decision-making that are just horrible even if you regain all your physical capacities.

          Stroke is my worst nightmare, in more ways than one.

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      Others have simply gotten old. I prefer to think I've been tempered by time.

      by Just Bob on Mon Jan 23, 2012 at 11:20:22 PM PST

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