Today's Speech Therapy Session

Mom wrote:

Speech therapist is here.  She, as always, asked what Lyn she did over the weekend.  She has quit asking about the entire previous week.  Lyn struggled so much just to tell her that she was with Michelle on Saturday.  After several questions, Lyn told her they went to Weck's for breakfast.  She finally remembered she had eaten a Bowl of Pappa's while there but didn't remember what they did the rest of the day.  The therapist suggested that perhaps with me nearby a word or questions might help her remember.  She told Lyn it was important to remember what she did or where she went.  I asked her what we did after she got home.  She said "talked to my sister" until I asked her if we went any place for dinner.  Then she remembered El Pinto and what she ate.

Sitting here listening to them work makes me want to cry.  Lyn is struggling so much with her reading.  She guesses so much and her therapist is wonderfully patient.  Lyn seems to have "forgotten" a word she read a few minutes earlier and they work it out again and again.

The prior report stating that she's up to 100 sight words wouldn't apply today I think.


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  2. Thank you for the suggestion Constantine. I've been mulling it for a couple of days and have finally had a chance to do some digging. Here's what I've found. Protandim is supposed to be an Nrf2 activator. Nrf2 is a focus on some treatments for multiple sclerosis. It doesn't appear to play any role in dementia symptoms. A decade ago, it was theorized that oxidative stress may be part of pathogenesis of Alzheimer's Disease. However, it was theorized that stress occurred before the build up of amyloid plaques or onset of cognitive decline. Even if this theory of oxidative stress is correct, the application of protandim after the onset of symptoms is functionally useless. The damage cannot be undone. It is a conundrum. How to do you identify those who need a reduction of oxidative stress or a treatment for Alzheimer's before the onset of symptoms when such an intervention has the most hope of working?


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