Catastrophic Brain Injury: Pedestrian Suffers Catastrophic TBI

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Catastrophic Brain Injury: Rita Part One As we start Rita’s story we hear about the horrible accident that caused her catastrophic brain injury and how the system failed when she needed it the most. Sometimes there is no audible voice after TBI.  TBI Voices has largely been a page about past miracles, about recovery, about those […]

Horror of Catastrophic Brain Injury and What They Don’t Tell Parents

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Horror of Catastrophic Brain Injury: Rita Part Two I asked her mother about the horror of catastrophic brain injury and whether or not they had any idea what they were about to embark on with Rita’s injuries: So let’s start with your part of the story as the horror of catastrophic brain injury begins: It was really, I […]

Before Catastrophic Brain Injury:The Family Before Coma

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Before Catastrophic Brain Injury: Rita Part Three In part three we talked about who Rita was before catastrophic brain injury.  She had moved to Florida to be with her parents and working as a waitress with no insurance. Your daughter is how old on the date of the accident before catastrophic brain injury? She was 29. Her […]

Emergence from Coma an Ambiguous State

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Emergence from Coma an Ambiguous State: Rita Part Four Sometimes the signs of emergence from coma are so subtle that it is hard for even the family to keep the sequence clear. In Part Four we talk about Rita’s emergence from coma. When they start to pull the drugs off at three weeks, is it right away […]

Waiting for Care After Catastrophic Brain Injury

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Waiting for Care After Catastrophic Brain Injury: Rita Part Five Blame it on bean counters who want to cut costs – blame it on bureaucrats who want care to fit care into pigeon holes –  blame it on neurosurgeons who don’t believe in the power of their own miracles, but a Catch 22 too often arises […]

Transition to Rehab after Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

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Transition to Rehab after Severe Traumatic Brain Injury: Rita Part Six After all of the time she was parked on the trauma floor, a floor away from meaningful rehab, she still didn’t get moved to the 6th floor directly from the 5th floor for transition to Rehab after severe traumatic brain injury. Eventually she gets off […]

Severe Brain Injury Under Medicaid Limited Therapies for TBI

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Severe Brain Injury Under Medicaid: Rita Part Seven Severe brain injury under Medicaid is limited to how much therapy they will cover and in Rita’s case it was very little considering how severe her brain injury was. At some point, every family realizes that they have to do more than they are going to get from the […]

Return Home after Catastrophic Brain Injury

This entry is part 8 of 17 in the series Rita

Return Home after Catastrophic Brain Injury : Rita Part Eight In part eight I talked with Rita’s mom about her return home after catastrophic brain injury and the events leading up to her going home. Almost as if the medical community had been waiting for its first real chance to expel her from its umbrella, when the […]

Recovery from Catastrophic Brain Injury Continues at Home

This entry is part 9 of 17 in the series Rita

Recovery from Catastrophic Brain Injury: Rita Part Nine In part nine we continued our talk about Rita’s set back and having to be sent back to a hospital and also her  recovery from catastrophic brain injury. The question remains whether Rita’s brain suffered any additional damage as a result of this secondary infection, or whether this was […]

Parents of Catastrophic Brain Injury Survivor Searching for Path

This entry is part 10 of 17 in the series Rita

Parents of Catastrophic Brain Injury Survivor: Rita Part Ten At the end of Part Nine, Rita’s mom explained, as one of Rita’s parents of catastrophic brain injury survivor, that they were left to themselves to find ways to help Rita when she came home: Parents of Catastrophic Brain Injury Survivor Left on Their Own I started doing […]