Speech Pathology Post Severe Brain Injury: Lori Part Seven
We discuss Lori’s speech pathology post severe brain injury in Part Seven and how much of a role in her recovery this played.
Tell me about the speech pathology post severe brain injury you got while you were an inpatient.
I remember when I began with speech, well, when my memory began with speech pathology – I was, we were playing games. I’ve always loved to play games, and we were playing adult kind of games.
With an adult kind of theme?
I guess we were playing, maybe child kind of games with adult words, maybe, okay? Words with more than four letters, I guess I could say. And it seemed like it developed pretty quickly into that I was able to work on a computer in therapy. Not that I was able to do it properly, but in speech pathology I could start using a computer.
I learned in speech pathology, I’m sure that I learned in speech pathology, the English language better than I did when I went to school the first time. So I learned, um, I learned, I learned how to learn, I guess. I learned, I was learning things that I didn’t know. If that’s clear, I was learning how to find out what I didn’t know.
So I started, watching game shows on TV which helped me learn. I was learning that I didn’t, that I had lost a lot of words and that I didn’t understand how to describe things, or that I didn’t understand colors. And I decided probably through having speech pathology that I would read a dictionary from the first page to the last page, which helped me.
Was that a little dictionary or a big dictionary that they used in your speech pathology post severe brain injury ?
Big Webster’s Dictionary. And I did the same thing with the Thesaurus. It just seems to me that I got those ideas from speech pathology. My speech pathologist was a very appropriate business kind of person, and I just remember looking at her and thinking that she was so intelligent. So I liked to model after her, I remember thinking I want to be as intelligent as she is.
Now you are in Michigan while getting your speech pathology post severe brain injury .
And historically, Michigan has been one of the leading places in the country for ongoing intensive care for someone with severe brain injury. Was that true in your case?
I had, I had ongoing intensive care when I was an inpatient, which was I’m, I’m thinking from April until about June. Then I had outpatient therapy from June, I don’t know. I remember seasons but I don’t remember dates and times, and I know I had outpatient therapy in the fall and in the winter and it seems like in the spring and into the summer, so that’s a long period of time.
What do you remember about your outpatient therapy and your outpatient speech pathology post severe brain injury ?
I remember that more clearly than I remember any of the other therapies.
Would you have gotten speech, occupational therapy, physical therapy?
I had neuropsych therapy also from the beginning. So I had neuropsych, speech, PT and OT, three days a week? Maybe five and then decreased to three.
This is the therapy I felt treated me the most like the adult I wanted to be