Congresswoman Gabby Giffords progress

Congresswoman Gabby Giffords progress

With Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords expected to attend her husband’s shuttle launch later this week, the Arizona Republic reports a bit on her recovery so far.

“Giffords speaks most often in a single word or declarative phrase: ‘love you,’ ‘awesome,’ even ‘get out’ to doctors… Longer sentences frustrate Giffords. She must search her brain for the words she wants, which feels like trying to pull out the name of a familiar face you can’t quite place.”

She says she misses Tucson and when she finally gets back there she wants to “climb a mountain” – as is she isn’t already.

She’s apparently showing a lot of independence – from which medications she will take, the t-shirt she’ll wear for physical therapy, to what she thinks about her breakfast options.

She pushes a grocery cart up and down hospital halls to help relearn muscle use. She also works with a bowling ball and indoor golf exercises.

The paper also notes that she’s left-handed now.

Go Gabby – go!