The Only Constant is Change (8 Month Update)

March 2, 2011 by  
Filed under Our Recovery Journal

As we reflect on the 8 months of recovery since Jessica’s initial trauma, the only constant has been change.  She has been through 5 different hospital/rehab placements, homecare, and finally outpatient therapy.  She has been cared for by a myriad of different doctors, nurses, and therapists in just about every possible health care setting.  People have come into and out of her life constantly as she continues to make progress and get better.  Although change is something that causes more anxiety for a recovering patient than it does for a regular person, Jessica has taken each change in stride and has tried her best to get used to her “new” caretakers.

For a patient recovering from a brain injury, breaking from familiar routines can result in big setbacks.  Changing from placement to placement comes with Read more

Home Sweet Home (5 Month Update)

December 4, 2010 by  
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Home should be a place where everything is familiar.  It should be a place where everything makes sense.  One should have the opportunity to relax and unwind.  It is the one place in the world that can be arranged and rearranged to suit the particulars of our current lifestyle.

 

The Reality of Discharge

After four months in the hospital, Jessica was finally discharged to the home.  The homecoming news was music to her ears, but to me it was a terrifying thought.  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