Sorry again for the long delay in posting.
Beth continues to improve. Her short term memory is still short, but does seem to be improving. We had a speech therapist work with Beth (and Rach) and the technique he showed us appears to help a great deal. I believe it’s called “Open Air”, something like that, and basically you tell Beth what you want her to remember and have her repeat it. Then leave off the last word and have her repeat everything. But don’t let her guess, or she’ll remember the wrong thing. (I’m probably not explaining it correctly) But the bottom line it helps. I came hope after the 1st session and Rach asked Beth what’s wrong with you head? And with no hesitation, she said, “I have a traumatic brain injury”. After picking myself up from the floor, Rach asked her how’d she get it? And Beth again answered with no hesitation, “From a bike accident”. That may not sound like a big deal but it is! I was so excited! Now it’s not always that easy and we’ve done test like that again and didn’t get the same results but it shows she’s improving.
We’ll have a big challenge for Beth this weekend as we head to Seattle to attend my son’s wedding, (Woohoo!) The challenge will be all the stimulus and how to minimize it and where to take her when (not if) she gets a headache. (Oh, and these headaches are not your run of the mill, “gee my head hurts”. It’s can’t move, feet shuffling bent over POWER headaches! And get me to a couch quick! So, that’s going to be tough.
But bottom line, she’s great!