Speech therapy 101
It wasn't really 101, but Linda and I went to talk to a class of speech therapy students this morning.
I intentionally didn't talk at first, because last time we did this Linda said I did all of the talking and she wasn't even necessary.
I had a sense that the students today were very keen to hear her speak because she is such a classic dysarthria patient. I couldn't be positive, but my sense was that they understood her pretty well despite the white sound of the ventilation system in Barnette. One of the girls was her former clinician, so I'm sure she understood.
Linda told them the general outline of the beginning of her stroke, how long she was in the hospital, how long she did therapy, etc. She doesn't actually remember a lot of those things, so she doesn't tell a lot of details.
I took a turn, filling in some of the details that I know better than Linda. I showed them the communication devices that I made for Linda, and explained how we used them.
I showed them diagrams of blood vessels and a snapshot of Linda's MRI showing the location of the clot.
I even showed off my prototype speech software which impressed the room (except for Linda of course, she's never impressed). Then I had to leave for my calculus class, so Linda stayed a bit longer on her own. I haven't met up with her, so I don't know how the last part went yet.
She hasn't been online today, so I'm thinking we must have worn her out.