Neurorehabilitation is the best treatment after a brain injury. This rehabilitation is a comprehensive and holistic approach to create new pathways in the brain and heal the aftermath of this type of injury. It includes speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nurses, social workers and psychologists. Cognition problems are prevalent among TBI survivors. In rehab they'll teach new ways of thinking and how to compensate for the loss. Balance problems are addressed by physical therapy. Any behavioral issues, i.e. frustration, sadness, depression etc are addressed by the social worker or psychologist.
During the first few months of rehabilitation we experience big improvements in almost all areas. Then the improvement rate starts to slow down. In my experience here is where the lingering effects become noticeable. The process slows down but there is improvement happening. I'm at the stage that I don't see improvement. After 12 months of rehabilitation I think I'm probably reaching my optimum benefit from therapy. I still have many issues that are obvious but I don't see significant changes happening. I've been thinking: maybe this is it, I'm ready to go on my own. There is an underlying frustration that may be there forever, I don't know.
I am happy with my progress. If this is the card that life played me then I'll make the best game possible with it. Looking to my left and right I can say that I'm lucky. It all could've been worse, I could've died. Instead here I am writing to you. That alone is a blessing that some BI survivors don't have. I count my blessings and they outnumber my problems or issues by far.
May I be hitting the wall? Am I as recovered as I'll be? I don't know. There is only one way to find out and that is keep moving forward without looking back.
If you feel like leaving a comment, please do so and share you experience. Did you hit the wall?
"IT WILL GET BETTER"
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