My goal with this series of articles is to prepare you for the next step in your survivor’s recovery: rehabilitation.
I begin by discussing post-traumatic amnesia, a state of awareness survivors pass through on their way from a coma to full consciousness. Many survivors, when they begin rehabilitation, are going through post-traumatic amnesia.
In other articles, I present an overview of the rehabilitation process, focusing on the critical role of the family. One of your responsibilities is to select a rehabilitation facility for your survivor. I offer some guidelines for making this important decision. I also offer a few thoughts about nursing homes, as some survivors will be placed in one of these facilities as they wait to enter a rehabilitation program.
These articles on rehabilitation after a brain injury are excerpts from Garry Prowe's book, Successfully Surviving a Brain Injury: A Family Guidebook.
In 1997, Garry's wife, Jessica, sustained a severe brain injury in an automobile crash. "At the time, I spent way too much time accumulating the information I needed, not only to understand the medical aspects of Jessica's brain injury, but also to handle the myriad insurance, financial, legal, personal, and family issues that accompany a serious blow to the brain. I recognized the need — that still exists today — for a book that comprehensively addresses the wide variety of issues families face in the first few months after a brain injury.
"To research this book, I assembled a panel of more than 300 survivors, caregivers, and medical professionals who responded to my email questions and reviewed portions of my writing.
"For us, this project is a labor of love. All profits from the sale of this book will be donated to brain injury organizations."
From Sucessfully Surviving a Brain Injury: A Family Guidebook by Garry Prowe, Brain Injury Success Books, © 2010 Garry Prowe. Used with permission. .