I fell two stories and landed in a coma with less than a 10% chance of recovery. For 4 months, I couldn't walk, talk, or eat. Now I'm speaking about traumatic brain injury. I'm Cavin, AMA!
My name is Cavin. Two and a half years ago, I fell 20 feet from a water tower on an industrial Brooklyn rooftop. I hit the front of my head on the steel scaffolding on the way down, and hit the back of my head on the concrete rooftop. I was rushed to the hospital where I was comatose and put on life support. I was diagnosed with a Diffuse Axonal Injury. Approximately 90% of people with this injury never regain consciousness. Those who do wake up will often remain significantly impaired or in a vegetative state.
After twelve days in a coma… I woke up! The following months were spent learning how to walk, talk, and eat all over again. I mirrored my growth from infancy. I fought for my independence with doctors, my family, and my friends as I struggled to cope with the consequences of my brain injury, the betrayal of my oldest friend, and the loss of my life as I knew it.
I felt compelled to write about my story, and, because conventional medicine offered little in terms of treatment, I began to study my way to recovery. I also began to write about the most important and useful methods that I have used to recover in hopes to help other survivors and their friends and families.
I have since been studying physiology, biochemistry, human metabolism, pharmacology, and medical neuroscience on my own, and I plan to go on to study all of these subjects at an accredited medical university while also learning as much as I can about brain injury, human nutrition, and alternative therapies. Additionally, I'm currently writing a book that I hope will become a resource for brain injury survivors everywhere, as my blog has already become. This book will be the story of who I was (LIGHTS), how I sustained a serious brain injury (COMA), and my successful recovery (ACTION!). These are my adventures in brain injury: “Lights, Coma, Action!”
Here are just a few of videos I have gathered over the course of my recovery (coma to independence)
- My Story.
- After waking up.
- Brain Fog.
- Getting outside for the first time.
- Attempting to walk.
- Baby's first steps.
- Nose Touch.
- 13 Months after injury.
- Ball Dribbling.
Here's me recently!
Here's some of my continuing work:
- My Blog "Cavin Bounce: Adventures in Brain Injury"
- You can read the first chapter of my book here via my blog: Chapter 1: "[Cavin and the Horrible Terrible No Good Very Bad Day!](www.cavinbounce.com/chapter1)"
- To learn more about me and my book, here's my Kickstarter: "Lights, Coma, Action!"
This is a list of my injuries after the fall.
I had a bruised and swollen left eye (probably from hitting the scaffolding), luckily the actual eye orbit was bloodshot but ok. A nasal fracture that looked old, a fractured right ileum and a fractured right sacrum (hip bones), 3 cracked ribs on my left side, both lungs were severely bruised, and I had lacerated (deeply cut) my left kidney. I also had some serious brain injuries. I had bruised the left frontal cortex of my brain (due to the scaffolding most likely), I had shearing in the corpus collossum (Diffuse Axonal Injury), and a subdural Hematoma (Blood gathering within the outermost layer of the brain).
I'm honored that so many of you have expressed an interest in my story. Ask me Anything! (Proof!)
EDIT 1 - These questions are wonderful! Keep them coming!
EDIT 2 - Taking a break for now. Will be back at 10pm CDT.
EDIT 3 - Night night. Thank you all so much for your questions. Keep em' coming! Will be back around 5pm CDT.
EDIT 4 - Injury list added.
EDIT 5 - Thanks for all of the excellent questions. Be back tomorrow night.
EDIT 6 - I am trying to get to everyone's questions. Keep them coming!
EDIT 7 - Writing answers to questions for a VT (Vision Therapy) blog. Be back later tonight.
EDIT 8 - That took longer than I anticipated. I will answer a few questions and then I'm off to bed. :)
I'm touched and honored to have received a couple artistic interpretations from very talented Redditors that I'd love to share and credit: