Yesterday Frank, (accompanied by me), had a conversation with his neuropsychologist. This profession has the skills to look as close as possible into someone's neuro cognitive functioning, i.e. looking inside the brain in a way normal mortals can't. The conclusion of the neuropsychogical evaluation Frank had, is that his intellectual functioning in no doubt has been compromised by the stroke. Hadn't we figured this out already?????
The most obvious impairments are what they call mental inertia (traagheid). You notice that sometimes when you ask him something and it takes quite some time to answer. The psychologist explained that it sometimes takes more time for Frank to process information and form a reaction also. So one of the advice that was given is: give him time, don't hurry him. That explaines why he can be so tired, everything costs him energy.
Another point to consider is the trouble Frank experiences with switching between tasks. So keep that in mind, you help him by giving clou's and signs such as, "in about 5 minutes we're going to....." So he can prepare himself.
the most prominent observation is that Frank still suffers from hemi-inattention. you all saw the consequence of that in former blogs edited by Frank. It means that he tends to ignore the left side. you can help him by giving clues of markers to which he can return (for instance by reading, return to the white leftside kantlijn, than you know you're at the beginning of the line). I think this is important to realize and consider when you're going to play wargames.
Frank has a report with all kinds of advices from the psychologist, it's very informative, so perhaps if you're interested and Frank is okay with it you can ask to read it.
But enough about al this, the most important news of today:
THE IPAD HAS ARRIVED, FRANK IS THRILLED BY IT!!!!!
and this afternoon we (the physiotherapist and I) practised the transfer from wheelchair to car and vice versa, which was also very succesful. So Frank is going to visit the club after all coming sunday!!!
isn't that wonderful news!!
Thousend times thanks!
To all the followers of the blog, to anyone who has been supportive of Frank or us in the last months and especially after his untimely death we want to say thanks from the bottom of our hearts. In the week after his passing we received so much warmth, stories, care and love, hardly describable. To us it was a very precious and valuable week and it was so good to have Frank at home where so many of his friends could visit him. And all the help, stories and info shared in that week led to a beautiful goodbye ceremony on a beautiful sunny autumn day. For those of you who could not attend, or those of you who wish to reread the funeral speeches, we publice them here (in dutch and english) with some pictures in grateful memory of, and tributed to Frank.We will miss him dearly, thanks for being with him and with us, one way or another,
On behalf of my family and his closest friends, Esther