Proper sleep follows regular and predictable rhythm cycles. When we sleep, our brain sets down memories and refreshes various connections that allow it to work. Quality sleep helps us think more clearly, be more alert, and function at our best in all areas: mental, physical, and emotional. It is also possible, especially after a serious injury, that the brain’s electrical rhythms be disrupted. As the brain and body heal from injuries, sleep patterns may become more normal. (https://healthonline.washington.edu/document/health_online/pdf/Sleep_Problems_Brain_Injury_11_08.pdf)
Therapy is necessary to rebuild the patients’ swallowing ability. (http://calder.med.miami.edu/pointis/tbifam/swal2.html).
Once in a while we would hold a piece of ice so he could practice swallowing. I would roll the curtains so that he wouldn’t have to watch his roommates eat.
Great and new happenings occurred during the following week. David moved his right hand and foot, which had not been active at all. His Physical Therapist, Julissa took him to stand up for the first time. He became more vocal with the Aaaaaah. He worked on puzzles with Gaby and mimicked her by shaping his mouth to try and vocal the O. Sue and Alex came to visit and Tio Mayito and Tia Tere came from Puerto Rico to spend time with us.
An important highlight that week was the visit of his barber Ziad who David always visited every two weeks. Zi gave him his first official haircut and spent time showing David some pictures of them together. It was great having him over.