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Stories of Amazing Recoveries from Brain Injury

Jenny Rotter

The day started off as a normal quiet one. As I relaxed inside my home, I heard this crashing sound. I quickly approached the back door where the aching screams grew louder. I knew that my husband had fallen, but the extent of any injury was unknown to me. I held his hand as he lay on the concrete carport after falling off a ladder and hitting the occipital lobe. He appeared to be in shock and pain, but not unconscious. After a while, he was able to stand up with assistance.

We decided to go to the emergency room. There, a CAT and EEG, etc. were performed. He seemed exhausted but very aware of the situation @ hand. He was sent home with instructions to take it easy and rest. As the weeks passed, his short term and long term memory began to alter. Reading and writing difficulties, memory loss was now evident. After more than 6 months since the accident, he is able to read and write. Memory problems, sadness, tiredness, uncertainty and forgetfulness are some factors which tend to hinder recuperation. Occupational therapy helped temporarily.

As I look towards the future, I can't help but wonder where it will take us. Will he ever be able to remember our wedding day, the birth of our children, college, etc.? It's a lonely feeling. And most of all, an unfulfilled gap that seems to have no end. Is there light at the end of this tunnel? Only time will tell.