Since yesterday, Scott has been doing really well. It seems like his pain has been subsiding and has become more manageable. Everyone keeps telling us how well Scott is doing, and it is anticipated that he will be released from the hospital tomorrow. The physical therapist stopped by this afternoon and took Scott for a walk around the halls as well as down/up stairs. His mobility is great, and the physical therapist told us he should be good to go tomorrow.
We got a visit from the speech therapist early this evening. Scott has still been having difficulty with finding his words, talking, and reading. She asked him a range of questions as well as some commands. Some things came easily to him, while others did not. She told us that Scott will need to have intensive speech therapy 3-4 times a week, and we need to practice things like ABCs and numbers daily. I asked if she had any idea what timeline we were looking at for recovery, and she told me it ranges for everyone, however, she thinks at least a few months. For some it may take up to a year to completely regain their speech. While that was very difficult to hear, she did say that great strides of improvement happen early on while the swelling goes down. It is going to take some time and patience, but Scott seems very determined. I know he'll get there, it's just going to be a process.
Neither one of us anticipated his speech to be effected to the extent that it has been, so it's been a little disheartening - especially for Scott. The good news is that he will get it back and return to normal at some point. Scott is very bright and an extremely hard worker - I can tell already that he has a lot of determination. I have no doubt he will return to normal as quick as possible given his circumstances. Scott has been optimistic and has kept his sense of humor despite all of this. We've had a few laughs about some of the things he says, and he keeps trying and trying when he doesn't say things right. He's awesome!