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SewerRanger1340 karma

I can't post this as a top level comment since I don't really have any questions, just some advice (and I apologize if this sounds preachy). So here goes:

My brother suffered a TBI about 2 years ago. He came home after a night of drinking, tripped backwards and hit his head. Five minutes later, he collapsed smoking a cigarette outside (the fall broke a vein in his brain and the blood pooled crushing his brain). It was pretty shitty and they actually told us he probably wasn't going to live, but thankfully the doctor was wrong on that one. Anyway, he went through the same stuff you did - a week or so in the ICU, 6 months in rehab, learning to walk and talk again, etc. These are some observations/advice I have for you:

Find a doctor who specializes in TBI's. Chances are there will probably be one or two hormones or things that are off because of the brain damage. A good TBI doctor knows what to check for. My brother went to a general neurologist who was good, but didn't really know what to look for. We ended up going to a TBI specialist and they immediately figured out his pituitary gland got damaged and that was the reason his hormones were off.

I would really suggest going to more therapy when you get out. The rehab people are nice, but they focus on getting you in the shape to get out of rehab and not back to living your life. Start looking now/have your family look. Find a place that specializes in TBI patients and go to them.

I would also suggest finding a good therapist who specializes in TBI's. At first you won't think you'll need to go, but eventually you'll be glad you did. Find one now because they're hard to find. If you have a job still (not sure what you're situation was) don't leave it. My brother had a great job, but TBI patients have a tendency to try and leave their previous life behind which usually includes, moving away (my brother and his wife headed to the Virgin Islands) and finding new jobs. Stick with the job you've got now (they can't fire you - you're disabled) until you come to better grip with how your life is going to be now.

I mentioned this in another comment, but TBI patients recover in steps over several years. You'll have a bunch of progress and then nothing for several months. You'll get bummed out and then suddenly you'll start making massive recoveries again. It's really odd and seemingly random. My brother lost most of his memory for about a year centered around his injury. He's slowly gained up to about three months before he hit his head (nothing for six months after though). He also couldn't walk or control his bowels for a while and suddenly he woke up and his legs worked again (not shitting himself took a bit longer). My point being, don't give up - you never know when you'll suddenly start recovering again.

Best of luck to you. If you ever want to talk, just shoot me a PM. I don't know exactly what you're going through, but I might be able to help a little.

:::edited for formatting because i originally posted on my phone and didn't realize I created a Great Wall of Text:::

SewerRanger362 karma

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SewerRanger315 karma

It is, but they're still in business, so it looks like they did something right.

SewerRanger70 karma

My brother had a TBI about 2 years After about six months, he still couldn't use his left leg at all - it just didn't work. The doctors just kept telling us that recovery goes in steps - you'll make a bunch, and then plateau, then suddenly start recovering again. Sure enough, he woke up one day and his leg started working. TBI recoveries are really weird. Keep at it and maybe you'll wake up one day and be able to walk again.

SewerRanger45 karma

The DOD is fully funded. The government's budget is actually a series of small budget bills lumped together but it doesn't have to be. The DOD, HHS, and DOL were fully funded as part of a bill in September. HHS was partially funded.