Update from Dr. Lambos' office
Tues March 19, Dr. Lambos' office, Queena update!
- All agree that Queena is more responsive, her eyes are moving better -- the "eyes are the first musculature" to show "return" after an accident like this - her eyes and facial expressions. All (Dr. Lambos, nurses, family etc.) agree there is significant improvement in this area. Improved eye contact, etc.
- Looking at Figure 1b, FFT Frequency Distribution (p. 3) there is new activity here, compared to old levels. (good)
- Figure 2b, FFT Summary Information (p. 4) shows a big jump in brain activity. The old chart (Q5) (two months ago) shows much "red" = static -- a "traffic jam" in Queena's brain. Trying, trying, all parts screaming at each other, but not working in unison. Looking at Q6 chart, the static is almost gone (very little red jam) (bottom two rows) - Top two rows on this page show increased activity in motor center - here, the red is good. Her motor center is getting activated. (speech/motor area)
- Figure 2d Q6 shows the blue that was in the top two rows from Q5 (two months ago) is now nearly all gone (Q6). The blue/green here was inactivity. Now in Q6, it is nearly all gone. The bottom 4 rows show much red, which are all frontal areas. All good, improvement.
- Figure 3b, Q6 (p. 6) shows a difference also between Q5 (top) and Q6 (bottom). Q5 (two months ago) shows a blue strip in the center of brain. This is inactivity, no output. Q6 shows an improvement, no blue strip. Still not where we want it, but an improvement. The whole frontal part of brain is "turning on" - the brain is firing impulses. Still not able to get through the blockage that impedes motor movement.
- Which will come first, large motor skills or speaking? (ques to Dr. Lambos). He says "Large motor." That is the next step. They are now trying to connect the impulses to the descending motor tracks... training them to go down, to activate the large motor muscles - arms, etc.
- To help, push Queena. Make her "do more." When she asks for something, tell her, " I want to do what you want, but tell me more specifically!" (force her, reward her when she does comply). The word must sound close to what it would sound like to anyone. In other words, push her.
Keep working, Queena!
William A. Lambos, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, is the Chief Cognitive Neuroscientist and Director of Clinical Assessment at CNS Wellness in Tampa. He received a doctorate in Psychology, a master’s degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling, and a postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Neuropsychology from Fielding Graduate University. He uses an EEG technique called quantitative electroencephalography, or QEEG, that takes a standard EEG test of electrical activity in the brain and runs it through a computer that compares it hundreds of "normal" EEGs. He has been working with Queena for over two years now, and it has been a very helpful therapy.
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