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View Diary: Gabrielle Giffords, and the horror of aphasia (92 comments)

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  •  She has support + a great ins. plan per taxpayers. (3+ / 0-)

    Too bad we all don't have the same when times of trouble hit.  We are all human... after all.

    Good luck to her, and to those affected. Saw it with my Father In Law in his 80's with small TIA's - the look of surprise on his face when trying to say something which came out garbled was very, very real.  We did pay attn and gave him four more years as a result.

    Best to all with your health struggles.  
    Compassion goes a long way to help heal.

    •  So right about the insurance plan and/or money. (1+ / 0-)
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      BlueStateRedhead

      My dad fell down the basement steps in 1997 and suffered a brain injury. He survived, but the brain damage mimicked that of a stroke, complete with asphasia. While they had insurance, most of the coverage was eaten up just dealing with the initial injuries. And in-house rehab was limited to 60 days while he needed much, much more that we/they could not afford. Watching a very intelligent man struggle to speak and then speak gobbledygook was tough.  He died of complications of prostate cancer in 1999 -- no treatment during the six months he recovered from the coma was probably a contributing factor.

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