Sandra has been doing well with her therapy even though she fights it quite a bit. She rates a Level 4 on the Rancho Los Amigos Scale and a little bit of Level 5. The scale runs from 1-8 with 8 being best. I do not have the definitive answer on whether she must reach Level 8 before she can be released.
Her long-term memory is good but she still has trouble with short-term memory. It’s a little like the plot line of “50 First Dates” where Adam Sandler would have to bring Drew Barrymore up to speed each morning only to have her forget everything that happened each day and start over again the next day. Sandra still asks what happened and why is she there. She carries some information over but not much.
They are giving her fewer pain meds to increase her awareness level and not letting her sleep so much during the day. She kind of got her days and nights turned around and they’re trying to restore the proper order for her. At her best, she is funny and alert and at her worst she is paranoid, agitated and threatening. Not much fun to see.
She does, however, continue to make progress and we are thankful for that.