"He was different, but he was still alive, so we celebrated and embraced just that." - Lor

"I would like to share with you an incredible journey of perseverance and recovery. In July of 2012 my boyfriend, a Flight Officer/Paramedic, suffered a direct strike to the head from the blade of the main rotor of the helicopter while on a rescue mission in the Mountains of Northern California. He suffered multiple injuries including a severe traumatic brain injury with a fractured skull, respiratory arrest and a massive brain bleed from a hemorrhaged vessel. I recall viewing CT scans with doctors where half of his brain was covered in blood. The Doctors gave me a moment to give him a kiss before wheeling him off for surgery; the outlook of his future grim, at best. I remember sitting for 7 hours in a small conference room waiting to hear an update on his status. Doctors came in one by one; some gave hope, others discussed the grim reality of a traumatic brain injury, I told one particular doctor; “you don’t know him, he will overcome this; if there is anyone out there that can...it’s him”. And he did. Within 2 weeks his condition stabilized, he woke up and began talking and entertaining me once again like he always had. Of course he talked funny from the brain injury, and subsequent intubation, and he could only move his non-dominant left arm. He was different to say the least, but he was still alive, so we celebrated and embraced just that. I made the decision to resign from my job to join him and stay by his side as his biggest supporter and eventually became his 24/7 Caregiver. After just 4 weeks at an intensive in-patient rehab hospital he was released home to continue out-patient therapy for 5 days a week, 2 hours each day. To this point he had regained his cognition, his control over his bowels and bladder, and his ability to sit up and to feed himself. To many this may sound trivial, but to us these were huge accomplishments. Having the opportunity to be by his side through the rehabilitation and therapy treatments I have witnessed him learn to sit up again, stand again, walk again, feed himself again...there are many more “again’s” to list as well as many more to come. To the outside world he looks like a driven man putting forth every physical effort to regain purposeful use of his right side. He desperately tries to represent himself as he always had, an entertainer and a physical superman. On the inside I watch him pressing on and battling through the effects of a traumatic brain injury, effects such as; overwhelming fatigue, sensitivity to lights and sounds, social isolation, seizures, extreme anxiety, dizziness, loss of proprioception and feeling to the right side of his body… the list goes on. Each and every day he has proven his inner strength, spirit, and will to recover as he adapts, improvises, and overcomes his inabilities." -Lori, TBI Caregiver ••• ➡️Share your story for#braininjuryawarenessmonth! Send a paragraph to info@hopeafterheadinjury.com💚 We are all in this together! #HopeAfterHeadInjury

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