Steady as it Goes

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.

Hangin with Ray

Thank you!

Team Ray

Uplifting Support

What a great day for Ray!  Today was the 5K Race for Ray event in Gainesville put together by the University of Florida’s College of Medicine.  Despite having the early wake up and chilly morning, over two hundred people turned out to show their support for Ray.  All along the route Ray received encouraging support to help lift his spirits.  Since he cannot walk at great lengths yet without extreme fatigue, he was pushed along the route in his wheelchair with friends and family at his side.  Finally at the last turn of the course, Ray was able to walk to the finish line with everyone applauding and cheering him to the finish.  The family and Ray were truly overwhelmed with gratitude and emotion from all the loyal support from this event.

Race organizers Danielle and Philip presenting Ray with the race registration poster.

Race organizers Danielle and Philip presenting Ray with the race registration poster.

Ray is at a point in his recovery process where he needs all the extra kind words and support family and friends can provide.  Dealing with the aftermath from a severe brain injury can not only be physically draining on Ray but also mentally and emotionally trying.  Depression can often linger for quite a while after TBI patients return home.  Please keep the support coming and show Ray that we all care.

Check out the Pray for Ray Facebook group for more pics from this event and feel free to add any of your own to the event album.

Coverage from the event:

Gainesville Sun article

UF Alligator article

YouTube video

 

Thank you!!!

Team Ray