At Holland Bloorview, and at other rehab centers, they use the Rancho Los Amigos Scale which gives eight levels of cognitive functioning that are used by rehabilitation professionals to describe the patterns or stages of recovery typically seen after a brain injury. Lydia moves between Cognitive levels three, a localized response and level four, confused and agitated. Detailed information on this scale is available at rancho.org.
We have seen progress in Lydia's attention span this week. She has moments where she is awake, alert, reactive, and responsive to her environment. Her smiles and inaudible laughter continue to delight us, and encourage us to know that our girl is still in there, and she will continue to emerge, as she is able.
We have been blessed to connect with a mother who has walked a similar path to ours. She and her son have touched our hearts. Check out bensloetjes.com.
Today, she sent the followoing chorus to encourage us to Trust.