Monday, April 7, 2008

8 days after the stroke

That weekends hard work paid off. Now I can pronounce many sounds, and say a few words.
So on Monday morning, the 8th day, we are on our way to speech therapy at Advantist Rehab Hospital in Gaitersburg, MD. Our appointment is at 8am. We are scheduled for 5 day a week, for 1 hour sessions. My speech therapist is Sandy. She extend us such a warm welcome, that immediately feel at home. More over, in her opening speech she says that she will do everything in her power, to help me get my speech back, and by gosh, I will definitely get better! Such and encouraging attitude!

Then she begins her assesment with: (does the picture look familiar???)


Of course my vocabulary is so limited I can only bring out:

"mom, son, su (for water)"
I can fully understand what is going on. But of course cannot bring it out. Well almost fully. When I look at the picture, lots of things are happening. First It is hard for me focus on the entire picture, and grasp everything at once (it is still hard by the way) When I found this picture on the internet ( from Boston Diagnostic Aphasia Examination )it was saved with the name "cookie theft". It never occured to me to give it a comprehensive name like this, even today. Please look at the picture carefully, dear reader. Can you grasp it as a whole? I can only focus on the parts, but I'm never able to grasp the whole picture as to give it a name. For example I can focus on kids climbing a stool, boy reaching out for what seems to be cookies, the stool about to fall, the mom, the sink... But I can only concentrate one part at a time. Even today almost 2 years after the stroke. If you do the exercise your self and tell me if you can perceive it as an holistic picture I would be grateful.

For example I can understand what is going on in this picture. It is simple, well defined. As opposed to the above picture.
I guess people with aphasia need simple, well defined images. Photographs as opposed to hand drown pictures. This is especially true for aphasia aids. You know, the binders or sheets with pictures on them in order to help point out what a person wants to communicate. If possible I would all throw them into a garbage bin. When a person newly acquires aphasia after a stroke or brain injury, I woul take clear simple pictures of their home environment and glue them on a sheet of paper.


Udo Schroeter said...

I can't interpret the whole picture at once as well and I'm not aphasic (or suffering from any damage as far as I know).

It also wouldn't have occurred to me that cookies are actually being stolen. My first overall perception was "things are going wrong" as the general theme of the picture, after having identified the two areas where action seems to happen (the falling boy and the overflowing sink).

Oh, well.

Zeynep said...

"I wish I had cookies" was the reaction I had. I am shallow. What's a girl to do?

The spatial proportions of the picture seem to divide it in half, so yes, it does not seem whole a reason - more like two different events taking place. And it also reminds of my sons sneaking candy from the pantry and falling EVERY single time from that rickety chair they climb on.

Helen said...

I think the mum is neglecting the children and her task, I wonder what she's thinking about?

Denise said...

Oh, I know that drawing oh so well. It was my nemesis for a long time (probably still is!)

This is what I managed to get out in March 07:

"um, uh, the um, um dishwater, um is running out the, you know. Tea cups, no, not tea cups and uh, um, no. I don't know. Cookie jar, um, and um, the um, the boy is um, tipping over. And, um, the girl want cookies."

oh, good memories.

oostar said...

Helen... that's exactly what my husband's speech therapist said to him after he could describe each part, but couldn't explain why it was happening.

skim said...

I would've titled it "Nonexistent Parent".

The picture makes more sense to me if the mom is taken out of the picture.

She cares about clean dishes but doesn't care about her kids' safety or water damage to her house? Confusing.

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