In March we reported that Gabrielle Giffords was talking in full sentences, although it wasn’t easy. Looks like that’s still the case, but now she can use the left side of her body as if nothing had happened.
“Her left side is perfect,” (Giffords’ Chief of Staff Pia) Carusone says. “She can do whatever you can do.”
Giffords speaks most often in a single word or declarative phrase: “love you,” “awesome,” even “get out” to doctors in her room at the end of a taxing day. She longs to leave the rehab center, repeating “I miss Tucson” and wheeling herself to the doors at the end of the hall to peer out. When that day comes, Giffords told her nurse, she plans to “walk a mountain.”
Longer sentences frustrate Giffords. She must search her brain for the words she wants, which feels like trying to pull out the name of a familiar face you can’t quite place, her doctors say. Once she builds the sentence in her mind, she speaks clearly and at a normal rate, and can offer as many words as she has the patience to string together. The doctor overseeing her rehabilitation places her in the top 5 percent of patients recovering from this injury.
And here’s the best news I think we could hope for…
“I can’t say I notice improvement every day,” says Kelly, her husband, “but I can every few days.”
Almost every 72 hours, she resembles more closely the woman she was before.
Keep fighting Gabby. We’re all behind you.