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TBI Journey

My fiancé suffered a TBI on Dec 15th 2011. I was 4 months pregnant w our 2nd child. He was assaulted at the mall...details unknown, but when his co worker dropped him off at home reported that they we assaulted and that he refused going to the hospital. I'm a nurse and although there were no physical indications that his head was struck by anything he was completely disoriented and exhibited signs of a concussion. I immediately phoned the ambulance then he was transferred to a small local hospital. After completing labs etc, a CT scan was performed that revealed the extent of his injury. His skull was fractured and left main artery was was damaged causing extensive bleeding and brain stem herniation. He was then transferred to a hospital where neuro services were provided. It was a total of 8 hrs from time of injury until he was on the operating table for emergency craniotomy. Neurosurgeon said his injury was so severe that he would likely not recover. He was on the vent which eventually they had to trach and PEG him. He was in ICU for two weeks and was starting to respond to veral stimuli and following some commands. We meaning the medical staff and family focused on his right side bc it was a left sided injury and he was wiggling his toes and able to hold up fIngers upon command. We were all so grateful. After being transferred to a regular room, PT came in to eval and much to our surprise he as unable to move his left side at all and had lost complete head and trunk control. Although devastating, we chose to pursue acceptance a neuro rehab center in New Orleans, La. He was transferred to New Orleans 4 wks after injury. He spent a total of 9 wks there and that's where we saw miracles happen. He had Trach and PEG tube removed and was on puréed diet w thickened liquids due to swallowing difficulties and he could move his lips to attempt to speak, but his voice would not follow. He started writing to communicate and his memory both long and short term seemed to be intact. With the hard worked and dedication of the rehab staff, he was walking 100 ft w a walker, although his tone stopped him from advancing his left foot, it was advanced by the therapist, vocalizing some, but still very inconsistent, eating regular food, but still on thickened liquids dt delayed swallowing response, regained truck and head control upon discharge. His emotional center of the brain was affected, but unlike most brain injuries he's not temperamental, he laughs all the time. His laughing has been getting better, now he doesn't laugh inappropriately. He since has started outpatient rehab and w electrical stimulation, he's able to advance the left foot. His balance is still off drastically, but they are working hard to correct that. His speech has improved a great deal, but still has trouble vocalizing when tired. His left arm is starting to move on command. He does have moments where his memory is fuzzy, but overall he has his mind. He's a fighter and amazes me everyday w his strength and endurance. Since his injury we have a new addition to our family, Bennett Cole. Although it has been a difficult road, we are so grateful that he is still alive!! KTF....KEEP THE FAITH if anyone is wondering what that means.
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Brandi Berry
Congrats on the new baby. I know how how hard it is to watch your man struggle and I know how great it feels to watch them succeeds! I remember feeling so grateful for every small step of improvement and mentally preparing myself for the worse. My husband also had the uncontrollable laughter. It has...
  • June 26, 2012
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Bernadette Coleman
KTF - I like that. Keep the faith! He is lucky you were able to know the signs. Most people don't. We need to get the word out about TBI and what to look for.
  • June 26, 2012
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michelle sparks
I will be praying for you all. So glad to hear all the progress KTF
Michelle Sparks
  • June 26, 2012
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Richard Johnson
Sounds like he will be back. My injury was nearly 9 years now and my speech/language skills still happens. Aphasia is a hard road to heal from but most people have no idea that I have aphasia. I can hear myself talking differently or missing words, especially when I'm tired or when many people are t...
  • June 27, 2012
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Raven Vela
That is amazing, and it must have been such a tough time for both of you. It's so awful what people do to others, but I am confident tha he will continue to improve!
  • August 13, 2012
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michelle sparks
I have not been on this website in a while. I got a new IPhone, my old one got stolen. iPhone's are a hot item now, so do not be careless with them. I was swimming with my youngest daughter, and someone outsmarted me,and took my phone. I had lots of good pictures on their, but they are gone n...
  • August 15, 2012
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