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Saturday, June 16, 2012

A Conversation With Bob

Me: Today, we go to Pain Management. The transport will be here at 12:30.

Bob (looks at his watch): OK

Me: Last time, Stephanie said she would ask the doctor if he would increase your medication. Or if not, if there was a different medication you could try.

Bob: Right.

Me: But I need to know, would you want to change your medication?

Bob (touches his shoulder): The problem is here. (Touches his forearm) Not here.

Me: The doctor said the Botox shots in your arm were supposed to help your shoulder. I know it isn't working. We'll talk about that, too.

Bob: OK

Me: But I need to know, do you want to change your medication or just stay with the one you got?

Bob: I don't know.

Me: I don't know either. I'd hate to switch to something less effective. Though, maybe something else would work better.

Bob: You decide.

Me: OK. I guess I'll just see what she says. Play it by ear.

Bob: Exactly.

Me: Do you need to shave before we go?

Bob (feels his chin): Yes, shave.

Me: OK...   Do you know what?

Bob: What?

Me: We just had a conversation. A real conversation!

Bob: I know.

Me: Wow. That was nice. And I understood everything you said!

Bob: Yes, that was nice.

Me: You know what? I sure do like talking to you!

Bob: I like talking to you, too!

I know, this rather dull conversation might not seem a big deal to some people, but that was the first real conversation we have had since the stroke. By that, I mean, that Bob responded to everything I said and I could understand him perfectly. He did not hesitate nor did he fumble for words and every response was appropriate. I tell you, I am just thrilled! He's come a long way, baby!


Anonymous said...

Fantastic......That brought a big smile on my face, and I'm sure yours too. The progress may be slow, but it's progress and that is what we strive for. Hugs, Dan

metalgirl162002 said...

Wow, that's great!

Rebecca Dutton said...

A simple conversation is such a blessing. It looks like insisting that Bob talk has paid off. I am thrilled for both of you.

Linda said...

That us wonderful! I am so happy for you guys!

barbpolan said...

Progress gives us hope - so there you have it. It also means that whatever you're doing works!!

Anonymous said...


Elizabeth, John and Jack said...

Yaayy!! :) :)

Anonymous said...

That made me smile. True love.

Anonymous said...

That is great! So happy for his progress!

Teaching of Talking said...

Great post; it's looking like you are becoming a Teacher of Talking!
By the way, The Teaching of Talking was released last week by Morgan James Publishers and your copy is going out on Thursday or Friday. I know you will get more use of it when you can stick it in your purse or place on the bedside table. I am so pleased that you are understanding the process.

Mark Ittleman
Author Teaching of Talking

Allenxnli said...

Progress gives us hope - so there you have it. It also means that whatever you're doing works!!

Walker said...

That is great! So happy for his progress!