Friday, October 23, 2015

Update on Trish Drew: Recovery from TBI is Possible

As you may know, Trish suffered a number of falls this year and ended up doing some damage to her brain.subdural hematoma. It caused her to experience nausea, vomiting and dizziness. The dizziness, in turn, led to more falls and consequently more subdural hematomas. By the time I figured out that I needed to call 9-11, she was unable to walk and largely unable to speak.
She has a bad fall and developed a

The good news is that modern medicine apparently works.

They drained the blood that was putting pressure on her brain and then we got scared because there appeared to be little or no reduction in her symptoms. If you have ever lived with someone suffering from traumatic brain injury, then you will know that it impacts everything about the person from their moods, their aggressiveness, their activity levels.

Since June of this year, we have had a steady stream of visitors to our house. We had visits from an occupational therapist who taught her how to move safely around the house. We had a physical therapist who helped Trish regain her strength. We had a social worker and a nurse visit us as well. On top of the professional help, my mother came down to stay with us as did my sister-in-law Michelle and her daughter Joy.

Now, almost five months later, Trish appears to be healed. Aside from some sleep disorders and a minor aphasia, she seems like her old self again. We are grateful for the medical treatment she received and for the outpouring of support we received from our family, friends, and church group.

John C. Drew, Ph.D. is an award-winning political scientist.

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