The first functions to return were physical. After a week, Bob went from slow walking to jogging down the hospital hallway. Regaining his sharp mind would be much more of a challenge. Despite hours of work on his memory with flashcards, Bob struggled to describe simple items like paperclips and coffee.
"I couldn't even pronounce my brothers' names, my kids, any state in the country," Bob says. "I remembered everything. I remembered the sights of everything, but I just couldn't pronounce the words."