Recently I pulled out a textbook on traumatic brain injury, recommended by Ben's neurologist. The domains of impairment for TBI listed are attention, memory, executive function (planning, learning), and language/communication. Ben's attention problems are impairing his capacity for learning. When overwhelmed with simulation, he has trouble following conversations and loses his train of thought.
Dr. Lilly, Ben's Houston neurologist, has told me that the most important thing to help regenerate damaged brain neurons is a strong, structured, therapeutic environment. God has provided that environment in the current neurorecovery center. Against all odds, our insurance company continues to allow him to stay there. Against all odds, I believe Ben was "booted' out of the other residential treatment center and placed exactly where he needs to be. The behavior modification program is specific for Ben's needs and quantifies how long he attends to each task. I am amazed at God's grace and mercy. When I have my moments of hating the "slow" word, I look back at this story and remember Who is writing it. I am praying specifically this week for Ben's impaired attention span, the first step to a better place.
Ben still has his joy. He is excited about life. I told Ben that Jeffrey, his brother, would be visiting this upcoming weekend. Ben said, "I am very excited to see him. I need him to be very open with me." Ben tells us everyday that he loves us. He wants Jim and I there with him constantly." It will be good.