I had dinner with a friend tonight who brought along another friend. This friend of my friend’s happens to be a speech therapist. She knows that I had a stroke and was asking me some questions. I explained my anger at my first speech therapist and his not teaching me anything about the breath. At first, she explained to me that education of the breath is lacking in speech therapy school, which is ridiculous. Then I told her the name of my speech disorder, Dysarthria. She said “I didn’t know it was Dysarthria. And he didn’t teach you diaphragmatic breathing? That’s like speech therapy 101 when it comes to treating Dysarthria.” The look on her face was one of horror. I saw this guy for the first 5 months after my stroke which is a CRITICAL period of time for a stroke survivor because those first 6 months are when the most spontaneous recovery occurs and when neurons are coming back “online.” I’ll NEVER get those 6 months back. They’re gone forever. I am very, very angry about this. You better get ready initial outpatient speech therapist of mine, I’m coming for ya.