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!
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.