Different from learning words for the first time, recovering from the effects of aphasia means learning how to relearn what was once known to the brain, or easily remembered. As Maribeth continues to recover, we can see her brain teaching itself to remember, or recall words “lost” during the swelling and heat caused by the attack of the HSV encephalitis virus. As the inner left side of her brain swelled, it damaged synapses used for memory storage and recovery. The scar left from this damage will most likely shrink, and as it does, the physical nature of the brain continues to heal, and it can be noted that not only word recovery increases, but also memory and retrieval speed. What once took 3 weeks to re-memorize appears to take a much shorter time. A fun example that we now share is that it actually took 3 weeks to “reinstall” the term Kitchen Apron, whereas new words like Peacock vs. Ostrich vs. Flamingo are being memorized in just a few days!
So tonight I read ingredients for this recipe to MB and she had to find them and measure them for this marinade. I would give her an A- since she got a little stuck on Ginger vs. Garlic. We’ll take it. ‘bet she gets those next time!
We let the dog pre-clean the dishes tonight, also. Hudson is a great help… Especially for our spirits. He has been a faithful companion to my wife this difficult season.
Our neice/cousin Bella is in town this week, so we decided to let the kids bake a couple dozen cookies as well tonight. Oh, and don’t forget a drink for MB…. It’s been a long week!