Scott Is Doing Fine – Sep 1, 2012

A Day of Care Giving – Gregory Scott Daniel

Being a Caregiver Gregory Scott DanielI am going to do this update a little different from previous updates.  Scott is doing just fine, or at least as well as can be expected but there may be some who are considering taking care of a loved one in the home or perhaps will have to make that decision in the future.  The following will give you some idea of what to expect.

 As you are probable aware, Scott suffers from a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury).  Scott is on a ventilator 24/7 and is fed through a feeding tube (g-tube) going through his abdomen into the stomach.  Below is a list of things that have to be done.  I am beginning the list at 8:00 AM in the morning and going through the schedule for 24 hours.

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Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic at Elmendorf AFB gives hope to wounded troops

As Warrior Care Month continues, we’re pleased to include another first-hand account from Airmen helping care for those who were wounded in action. Below is a story from Maj. Peter Osterbauer , Chief, Neurology Services, Elmendorf AFB. Maj Osterbauer worked to establish the Air Force’s only Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Center, where he currently serves as Medical Director.

It’s been nine months since we opened the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Clinic here at Elmendorf Air Force Base. For those of you not familiar with traumatic brain injury—rather than being an entity with a clearly defined course of progression—it is a spectrum encompassing multiple different injury types, symptoms, and long-term consequences.

We classify a traumatic brain injury as mild, moderate, or severe, based on different aspects of the injury itself. Unfortunately, severe injuries most often result in a poor long-term outcome. From what we know about these types of injuries, the outcome of a moderate injury is more difficult to predict, while patients with mild injuries normally have a good outcome.

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Drunk Driving Crash Changes Life in an Instant

Color Her Incredible!

Drunk driving crash victims / survivors John and Joan Miller

What would you do, if a drunk driving crash injured your brain, and:

  • your skull broke into 24 pieces?
  • doctors predicted you’d remain in a vegetative state if you survived?
  • you had to relearn to swallow, talk, see, balance, think, walk, tie your shoes, etc.?
  • you had three surgeries to stop seeing double, then one and a half years of vision therapy?
  • you could never drive again?
  • your short-term memory continued to be frustratingly compromised?
  • you were still paying off more than a million dollars in medical bills, nine years after your crash and injuries (and after your insurance paid)?

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