I took Jenny for an outpatient therapy evaluation today. My most repeted statements today were, “this movement that she is doing is new”, “she could not do any of these things during inpatient therapy”, and “please be patient with Jenny because she is always emotional at first.” All the therapists seemed to have lots that they wanted to do with her, except the speech therapist. We have only had one speech therapist in the past who appeared remotely optomisitc- and it happened to be the one that Jenny made the most improvements with. Respiratory, ENT, and speech people have been our biggest “Negative Nellies”. Jenny is in a trial period where she is taking all food and liquids orally to see if she can get rid of the final tube inserted into her body. She is doing super, but I can see all the respiratory, ENT, and speech people squirming because “a person with a brainstem stroke is not able to swallow or protect the airway.” However, Jenny has the nerve to go against their restrictions and do it anyway. Jenny’s biggest barrier has not been her health, but her diagnosis. Yes, she is very limited, but not as limited as some professionals try to mold her to be.