Sarah Wade: A Military Wife and Caregiver's Story

Ted--when he first got injured, he was taken to Germany, and was not expected to live. I was given the option to withdraw care. His dad and I were given that decision. One of his friends in Iraq was pulled off of a patrol, and was going to come to Germany to escort his body home to the States Ted took a very good turn and improved. He was in a coma for a couple of months-- probably about 2 1/2 months, and was in the hospital for--I think--10 months consecutively. So the first year for Ted was a lot of what Carolyn was talking about-- learning how to talk again, learning how to walk again, learning how to get dressed. And later on, maybe getting a little closer to maybe learning how to manage himself again. As Ted has described it, it was a lot like being born all over again, except it was an accelerated childhood-- That all of the things he had learned in the first year of his life, he had to relearn again.

Military wife, caregiver, and brain Injury advocate Sarah Wade talks about her husband's injuries sustained while combat in Iraq and how " ... for Ted, the first year of his recovery was like being born all over again, except accelerated."

This is an excerpt from BrainLine's webcast Caregiving and TBI: What You Need to Know. See full webcast here.

Posted on BrainLine May 27, 2011.