Last Thursday marked the eighth month since Ray’s accident. It is hard to imagine that in just four months one year will have passed by. In that amount of time research has shown that most of the long-term impairments of people post-TBI will become known. Although no one can truly predict the extent of Ray’s ultimate recovery, we can use the average as a gauge on what may come. Every day Ray continues to work on improving his limitations through various types of therapy. Progress now may be slow but there is still a determination in Ray and his therapists to keep going strong. Frustration and depression are no strangers to those with brain injury as they go through the recovery process. Staying busy and having the continual support from family and friends has kept Ray in good spirits and ready for the next day. It has been a great help for him to have all the visits, phone calls, and short outings to keep the day fun and lively.
Now that Ray has been home for over a month, he is starting to get into a good routine with his therapies and appointments. A few of his friends have even dedicated their time for weekly visits to help him keep a schedule. It is our goal to also involve Ray in community activities when he is ready as a way to aid in his recovery. At times Ray can become very quiet and less involved in activities. This is when depression can start to creep in and take over. During these times engaging Ray in conversation or simple therapies are great ways to avoid depression. He has several therapy items at the house for this reason. We continue to look for new tools and methods that may help in keeping Ray busy while also working to improve his limitations.
As Ray continues his recovery and when approved by the VA, it may be possible for him to participate in outpatient therapies on a regular basis. These facilities offer a wider range of services to help with walking, muscle control, and various therapies than what is possible from home. Right now Ray receives all his therapies at the house on a schedule dictated by his therapists and what the VA will allow. There are a few rehab locations in the area that we should be able to utilize in the near future to better assist in Ray’s recovery. He actually has a few preliminary appointments lined up soon to get things started. His current PT, Jon, has been a huge help in this process and for making sure that progress continues. We cannot thank people like him enough for all of their help and support.