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Hi Everyone,

Sharon had an assessment from a neuro specialist yesterday morning at the nursing home.

I got there about 8.50am as the specialist was due at 9.00am only to find that Sharon had just come out of the bath. I thought 'marvellous'; whenever she's had a bath she's completely chilled out and generally totters of to sleep! Exactly what we didn't need!

Anyway, Minimol, the head nurse, and Gemma, her key worker arrived with Dr. Mitchell from Sunderland Neuro Rehabilitation Unit. He asked a lot of questions about Sharon's splint procedure and the nurses told him about her progress since she arrived at the home a year and a half ago. I told him about her speech development and handed him a disk with videos of her from the past two months.

Sure enough, Sharon suddenly stirred and the whole room went quiet as I coaxed her into saying something and bless her, she delivered, much to the astonishment of the nurses as they have never heard her speak before!

Minimol pushed me into showing the doctor some of the videos on my phone and while he certainly acknowledged her attempts he appeared a little sceptical - hearing them on the phone speaker isn't really that clear compared to a proper set of headphones.

He asked if he could try something and he picked up a tissue and placed it over Sharon;'s nose. She didn't do anything so he placed it over her face. At this point our jaws dropped as Sharon moved her right arm up to remove it!! In his own words, this was a very good sign.

He said that Sharon really needs to be in a nursing facility that can provide specialist therapy and while he was optimistic in what he saw in her, he advised us to be realistic of the long term nature of her condition. The outcome is that he is going to contact Walkergate and speak to them about his assessment of Sharon's condition.

Last night I was on cloud 9 and I had quite a hangover this morning!!! :) I know Sharon has got a long way to go but she was really something yesterday. I had told her that she had to get a bit quicker in responding and the past couple of nights I'd walk in and in seconds she was saying something to me. But the tissue exercise had us all gobsmacked - how a simple thing can provoke a response and make someone aware of what they can do!

Sharon's GP said that Dr. Mitchell was excellent in his field and we saw just that. And Sharon responded so well to him.

Well, it's early days I know but things are looking so promsing, let's hope it goes well for Sharon, she deserves it bless her.

Speak to you soon,

Phil

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Hi Phil

What fabulous news really hope that Sharon can get the specialist treatment she deserves now. I think that it is your constant support and love that has helped Sharon so very much and no matter how long it takes I know you'll be with her every step of the way. Sending lots of love to you both.

Janet x

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Thank you so much and it is very good news and Sharon deserves this chance; she really has battled away these past months, bless her. I told her earlier on in the week that she'd have to be quick as she possibly could and she went out of her way so much so she was absolutely shattered on Thursday night!

All the staff at the nursing home are really behind Sharon and it showed when Dr. Mitchell was there with Minimol and Gemma making sure nothing was missed. They both said that they have seen Sharon 'clearing her throat' just like the other day when she spoke but didn't think much of it until now - Gemma said she's going to listen with her brain from now on!

I'm so proud of her I kissed her all over her face after the specialist left!

Still a long way to go but this is what we've all been building up to so fingers crossed.

Phil

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phil

just got back your posting has made my day im really chuffed for both sharon and you i really am i just hope and pray that sharon gets the chance to carry on improving my fingers are crossed for you both i send both of you my love and heaps of cuddles take care

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Thanks so much, I'm so proud of her and last night as soon as I went in she beamed a big teeth smile which I managed to snap on my phone and it's absolutely wonderful.

I hope Lin is OK Paul, I haven't had much of a chance to read through the posts much but it sounds like you're both going through the 'one step forward and one step back' routine. Give it time and I'm sure Lin will show you exactly what she is capable of just like Sharon.

Take care,

Phil

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