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Gabrielle Giffords Can Use Left Side Of Body Perfectly

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In March we reported that Gabrielle Giffords was talking in full sentences, although it wasn’t easy. Looks like that’s still the case, but now she can use the left side of her body as if nothing had happened.

“Her left side is perfect,” (Giffords’ Chief of Staff Pia) Carusone says. “She can do whatever you can do.”

Here’s more from Arizona Republic:

Giffords speaks most often in a single word or declarative phrase: “love you,” “awesome,” even “get out” to doctors in her room at the end of a taxing day. She longs to leave the rehab center, repeating “I miss Tucson” and wheeling herself to the doors at the end of the hall to peer out. When that day comes, Giffords told her nurse, she plans to “walk a mountain.”

Longer sentences frustrate Giffords. She must search her brain for the words she wants, which feels like trying to pull out the name of a familiar face you can’t quite place, her doctors say. Once she builds the sentence in her mind, she speaks clearly and at a normal rate, and can offer as many words as she has the patience to string together. The doctor overseeing her rehabilitation places her in the top 5 percent of patients recovering from this injury.

And here’s the best news I think we could hope for…

“I can’t say I notice improvement every day,” says Kelly, her husband, “but I can every few days.”

Almost every 72 hours, she resembles more closely the woman she was before.

Keep fighting Gabby. We’re all behind you.

  • kranky kritter

    Meanwhile, in other health news:

    Millions of seniors in popular private insurance plans offered through Medicare will get a reprieve from some of the most controversial cuts in President Obama’s healthcare law.

    In a policy shift critics see as political, the Health and Human Services Department will award quality bonuses to hundreds of Medicare Advantage plans.

    The $6.7-billion infusion could head off service cuts that would have been a headache for Obama and Democrats in next year’s elections for the White House and Congress. More than half the roughly 11 million Medicare Advantage enrollees are in plans that are rated average.

    The insurance industry says the bonuses will turn what would have averaged out as a net loss for the plans in 2012 into a slight increase.

    A-memba when I said that the medicare cuts in the HCR bill would never manifest? And a-memba how you kept clobbering everyone with “the CBO says this bill saves billions, and we have to trust them!”

    What does the CBO say now? What do YOU say now? I really want to hear your cleverly crafted dismissal. After all, it’s only 6.7 BILLION dollars.

  • gerryf

    I’d say that you’re right, the Obama administration is making a politically motivated play to help millions of seniors….shame on them! Helping seniors! Eskimos had it right, where’s a danged ice flow when you need one?

    I’d also say that the so-called “critics” of this action are hypocrities. These are some of the same people who screamed to high heaven when in 2003 the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act created the subsidies for the insurance companies to provide Medicare Advantage plans.

    So, you would think they would be happy now that the Affordable Healthcare Act was aiming to phase them out. Instead, now they are screaming out of one side of their mouth that the Affordable Healthcare Act is going to harm seniors, and then screaming out of the other side of their mouth that Paul Ryan’s “courageous budget” plan which kills Medicare is great.
    I’d also say that the wonderful free market that the right is always extolling is once again failing. These quality bonuses were designed to encourage private companies that offer Medicare Advantage plans to improve their quality.

    What happened? Well, gee, those pirate, er, I mean private firms said, screw it, we’re not doing anything to help anything but our bottom line. Did they improve their quality of care and delivery in response to the carrot of continued subsidies, as the free market quite naturally would dictate they do? Heck no! Instead, they decide not to improve a darn thing, pass the increased costs onto the seniors, maintain the ridiculous profits and executive bonuses, AND get everyone pissed off at the Affordable Healthcare Act!

    It’s a win-win for the right. Plus, they will have douche-bag bloggers and brain-dead Fox and Friend hosts cheerleading for them!

    Way to go KK, play right into their hands. Yeah, it’s ONLY the Dems that are making a political move. Right.

    Oh, and nice bit of placement, KK. Let’s inject some douche-baggery political venom into a story about the miraculous recovery of someone shot by a a crazed gunman.

  • http://detroitskeptic.com/ Nick Benjamin

    @kk
    Would you rather have given them $6.7 Billion in quality bonuses, or $14 Billion in free money? Because that’s what they’d have gotten without HCR.

    I didn’t say this was gonna be pretty, or easy. I did say it was necessary, and that if we can’t do the relatively small cuts called for in ObamaCare we might as well give up on the country. As I recall your response to the last point was sullen silence.

    This actually isn’t completely stupid in policy terms. Obama wants to kill the worst plans but wean the best ones off the subsidy, so he’ll give the good ones substantial bonuses and let the rest die.

    I don’t agree with him on this point. IMO they should all die because they’re useless. But I ain’t in charge.