I survived a five story fall and am currently in a rehab hospital for traumatic brain injuries. AMA!
Hi Reddit. So back on December 5th I fell five stories off a balcony. I have no memory of the incident or what I was doing sitting on a ledge, in fact most of 2015 is gone. I was in a coma for about 10 days and my family didn’t know if I was going to wake up or what kind of person I’d be when/ if that happened. My first words were February 5th when I asked for a cup of water, I guess you could say the thirst was real. On February 10th I went to a rehab hospital where I worked on walking and shoulder range of motion among other things. I kind of woke up/ became cognitively aware around the beginning of March. On March 28th I came to a transitional rehab which should be the final step. Here I have physical therapy, occupational therapy, education, speech, and counseling. Things are really looking up and I was estimated a length of stay of 6 months. I seemed like a long time but so many people have been here for over a year. I’m currently on a walker and am close to being off of it. I have a ton more to say but I’ll leave that to my answers. I hope I can shed some light on traumatic brain injuries and inspire others who are struggling with the same thing. Ask away!
Here’s the fence I landed on that broke my fall but also my pelvis: http://imgur.com/2iaNpUd
Here’s what I looked like before the accident: http://imgur.com/2F30o7T
Here’s me at my worst in the hospital (warning could be a bit shocking): http://imgur.com/7TByxWE
Here’s me currently at my friend’s wedding last weekend: http://imgur.com/26WfiAZ
EDIT: Left for lunch. I'll be back tonight to answer all the questions. Thanks to everyone for the kind words