Busy December & Neurofeedback

My December is going to be busy! I have many appointments scheduled. In addition, I will have the holidays with family. I love being busy!

Rehabilitation is expensive! Right now, we are paying 100% out of pocket for two speech sessions a week. In 2016, I will get 60 more speech sessions since it resets each calendar year. Unfortunately, I found out that Aenta is refusing to pay for neurofeedback for my anxiety. As a result, we have to pay 100% out of pocket for neurofeedback. All the events encountered during my stroke have caused my anxiety to skyrocket.

What is neurofeedback?


Neurofeedback is direct training of brain function, by which the brain learns to function more efficiently. We observe the brain in action from moment to moment. We show that information back to the person. And we reward the brain for changing its own activity to more appropriate patterns.

It was a big decision to participate in neurofeedback since it’s not cheap. I’ve heard mixed reviews while others say that everyone improves. After much discussion, we have decided to give neurofeedback a shot for 20 sessions. I will go twice a week following my speech sessions.

In neurofeedback, the first step is to get a brain map. They are going to put a cap on my head with multiple sensors to find my problem areas. Gel will be put in the sensors. It will be a bad hair day! I will not be allowed to use any hair product. OMG!

After the brain map is created, I will have two sessions a week. I will watch a movie or video game with sensors on my head. Based on the action I take with my brain, I will receive feedback to help retrain my brain.

Image below is from http://optimal-neurofeedback.com/


I hope that neurofeedback will help.

At my old rehab, I participated in biofeedback. A therapist attached a sensor to my finger and it monitored my heart rate and breathing. In addition, to help with jaw tension, a sensor was attached to my cheek to help retrain my speech with a speech therapist. Overall, I feel like these therapy tasks were helpful.

In terms of speech therapy, I know that I’m doing the right things with my speech therapists and Ricky. In addition, I’m going to try to participate in video chats via Skype with other stroke survivors.

I’m looking forward to the new Hunger Games movie! I’ve read all the books!