Narrator: What is Toms age.
Wife: He is 41 years old
Narrator: What does Tom do for a living?
Wife: He is a maintenance supervisor
Narrator: When did Tom first notice the symptoms of ALS?
Wife: That was in Oct of 1998.
Narrator: Today is Aug. 10 of 1999. When was Tom officially diagnosed with ALS.
Wife: That was in May of 1999.
Narrator: I examined Tom and he seems to walk well except for dragging of his right leg a small amount. His right hand is a little weaker than his than his left and Tom has some speech problems, is that correct?
Wife: Yes he does.
Narrator: Was the loss of speech the first symptom of ALS?
Wife: Yes it was the first thing we noticed.
Narrator: Was there any other involvement in any other parts of the body at that time? Or was the hand or leg also involved at that time?
Wife: He was only having muscle spasms in his arm and leg at that time.
Narrator: That was at the same time with the speech problems, is that right?
Wife: Yes it was.
Narrator: What has the progression of the ALS been since then, has it been fast.
Wife: It has been fast since march.
Narrator: We are going to keep an audio-video record to record Toms progress.
Tom, would you please tell me your name?
Tom: (unable to speak)
Wife: Don’t worry Tom. It is O.K.
Narrator: This is no problem and will work to help with that.
I will work mainly on his speech and I will also address the hand and the legs. I will be treating you for about 4 days then your wife will continue with the treatment. Let’s see how we progress. Thank You.
(New scene for Tom and Wife)
Narrator: We have been treating Tom for 4 days now and you have helped with the treatment today.
Wife: Yes, I have.
Narrator: My nurse walked by Tom while I was treating another patient and she said she could understand Tom this morning and I was thinking that this was nice then I came here and I asked Tom a couple of questions and I was surprised and amazed.
Tom, tell me you again where we treated you this morning
Tom: In my hand and in my throat
Narrator: You are amazing, you did real good and we are all very happy. That is incredible. That is as quick as I have ever seen a voice come back.
Tom is young and strong and I am sure that makes a difference. Thank You.