Peg’s husband, Scott, had severe Wernicke’s aphasia. She enjoyed the time to herself each day, but particularly learning how to help Scott continue to get better.
But you know, we’re gonna go try this. So make no mistake about it not only did he learn a lot from the program, we both needed a vacation and we didn’t even know it. So it doubled as a vacation for both of us, because there was so much to do in this area. And for me personally as a caregiver, I didn’t realize that I needed five hours a day for myself.
I started a daily journal. It was medicinal in many ways for me. And it helped me sort out my feelings. So when he was done for the day and could join me in the fun that we had in Gulfport. It was really a win-win.
We had a little homework to do that was fun to practice what I was learning, and I was learning that through the last maybe hour or less of each day being in on the therapy. And just watching them do their expertise, and I really learned from them. And now I can carry on all that knowledge.
I met people through this program who are six years out, and still coming back for four more and learning more. I met someone who’s six months out, and doing quite well. Also I feel like the advice would be to just don’t don’t stop, and keep pursuing as much as you can.
The program I would do again and it would certainly recommend it to anybody. It is slow going, but that’s just the way it has to be. And once you have the skills then to teach, then you can you can go slow every day and have some progress.
And he just felt like he was making progress. I felt like frustration can be your enemy, and they softened that for him. And worked much but, he worked much better with them, than he did for me. Which probably was normal.
So the program has really given me a lot of skills, to know how to have him get to a place where he he can be understood