Goodbye Physical Therapy (17 Month Update)

December 18, 2011 by  
Filed under Our Recovery Journal

The holiday season is a time to put the best face on our family that we possibly can.  It is a time where we send out cards with our best family picture, discuss accomplishments over dinner and drinks, and otherwise celebrate a year well lived.  Our brain is wired to promote our lives and families just like a political candidate promotes competence and integrity.  As far as anyone else is concerned, our house is always clean and our kids always behaved.  We are generous and thoughtful in the way we distribute gifts and tip waitresses.  Whether we are talking to the people we want to be with or those we have to be with, our story is the same.  We present our life as one that has a constant upward trajectory.

Up until this past month, Jessica had been making positive progress with her recovery.  Her body and mind had hardened to the challenge much like a triathlete during training for the ironman.  Progress came in different forms each month, and every few weeks presented an opportunity to notice subtle improvements.  Some months her gains were documented by increased walking speed or greater dexterity on a fine motor task.  Other months the gains were not so easy to quantify.  How does one quantify comprehension, wit, or sense of humor? Read more

Good Foot to Heaven, Bad Foot to Hell

December 2, 2010 by  
Filed under Rehab and Recovery

There comes a time in life when the knees and legs lose some of their reliability.  Typically this occurs late in life as bones, muscles, and body start to weaken.  Stairs become a nuisance that just doesn’t go away.  They eventually grow into one of the biggest single obstacles in life.  Eventually, stairs are removed from the daily routine by casting aside the two story house in favor of a patio home or retirement village.

For most of us, the anxiety that accompanies a trip on the stairs is something that has never entered our mind.  Most people go through life without ever considering limitations in mobility.  Those of us that are fully healthy never even think about placing a call to a restaurant or theater to see if the place is handicap accessible.  Before traumatic brain injury, Jessica never gave a second thought to conquering any flight of stairs. Read more