The Importance of Home Visits for Kids, Hospitalized with TBI
Nicole Wight says that taking her son home once a week while he was in the hospital fulltime after his brain injury helped move toward normalizing the situation.
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[Nicole Wight] I would just do whatever I could to try and give him some sort of sense of normalcy. The other thing the hospital allowed us to do to kind of really help him grow, which again you don't realize at the time that it's going to help— you're in this perfect bubble with all these wonderful people. There are nurses there, there are doctors there. Everything's right within your reach. Then they're like you can take him home on Sunday, every Sunday. Just take him home for 6 hours, and then you bring him back. Well, we're like an hour and 15 minutes from where he was staying, but I was like okay, I could bring him home, but what am I going to do with him at home? They're like well, what would you do with him if he were home before the brain injury? I would bring him home, and we would watch TV, and people would come over. We'd play with toys, and if he just sat there like a bump on a log then that's just what he decided to do. I didn't realize it then that was so important in his recovery because I cannot tell you how many kids I saw in that hospital that didn't have families, that weren't going home, and their only life was at the hospital. As great as that hospital is, it can be such a struggle for those kids to get better when they don't have a sense of family and they don't have a structure when they leave the hospital. For my kids, they had that. They had support. They had love. They had a place to go. They had friends. They had people that cared about them. I think by bringing Michael home every week and giving him that sense of home and family, it only made his recovery flourish even more.
Posted on BrainLine November 15, 2013.
In August 2006, Nicole Wight’s mother and her two children were in a terrible car crash. Both children sustained severe traumatic brain injuries. Her mother did not survive.
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