An Honest Recap
So.... after writing up the thing for the lawyers I figured I'd give you all an idea of where Liam is at right now - no sugar coating.
I'm just going to give some recent examples of when we've seen the effects of the stroke that happened almost a year ago.
He was getting ready for baseball and couldn't think of the word "cup" so asked where his "penis protector" was. It was funny, but sort of sad. This is aphasia and we are so lucky he was a good vocabulary to help him talk in circles to get his point across. Sometimes it doesn't work and sometimes I feel like he gives up. It also makes learning to read difficult. How can you use picture clues when you sometimes can't name the things in the picture?
He went to baseball, caught a grounder in his mitt (on the left hand) and proceeded to try to throw the ball out of his mitt. He still has right-side neglect.
We were practicing batting in the yard and he had a hard time holding the bat up with his right arm - the strength is just not what it used to be on that side.
And the most recent, yesterday he got stuck in the bathroom at school. The door was too heavy for him to open with his right hand and since he was wearing his cast on the left to encourage the use of his right... he couldn't open the door to get out. His teacher said he called for help and somebody heard him and helped him out. She then went in and problem solved with him - told him he did a good job calling for help - and together they discussed what else he could do. (Take off the cast and use two hands.)
So, there you go... that's how Liam's doing - no sugar added.