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TheRealScubaSteve
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Posted Sat Mar 15, 2014, 8:35pm
Subject: Re: It has been a looooong day.
 

calblacksmith Said:

The human body is a wonderful thing, it can endure a lot of things, it can adapt and overcome. God did a good  job!

Posted March 15, 2014 link

Indeed it is. Many years ago my sister was in a tragic horseback riding accident. The horse bucked, she went flying, but her foot was caught in the stirrup. After running the entire length of the arena (or whatever it's called), stepping on my sister's head with each step, the horse was finally caught. My sister was left unconscious and unable to breath. She wound up in PICU after a life flight and in a coma for two months. Three months in in-patient rehab later she learned how to do everything over again - walk, talk, eat, etc. Before rehab she was given only 10% chance to survive.

Brain injuries are often difficult to recover from, but guided optimism is a great thing. It sounds like you remain highly optimistic without being too shortsighted to expect unrealistic recovery. While you are in a different situation than my family was, don't forget to take care of yourself, too! You're, I'm sure, very much her rock. As has been already said, boring or not, we're here to listen.

Steve

 
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Posted Sun Mar 16, 2014, 3:03am
Subject: Re: It has been a looooong day.
 

calblacksmith Said:

The human body is a wonderful thing, it can endure a lot of things, it can adapt and overcome. God did a good  job!

Posted March 15, 2014 link

And neuroplasticity, i.e. the abibility of the human brain to adapt to injuries by changing neural pathways and recover lost capacities, is quite amazing. Up to the 1970s, we thought that an adult central nervous system was more or less preassigned as far as brain functions and the development of new neurons after birth were concerned. Now neuroscientists know that the brain activity asssociated with a given function can even move to a different location, because the brain isn't hard-wired with fixed circuits. There'a 13-year-old German girl that was born with only one brain hemisphere. She seems perfectly normal, so the defect was't detected until her third birthday, when she had an MRI scan of her head for an occasional nervous twitch.

So yes, the human body is indeed a wonderful thing.

By the way, it seems to me that you found yourselves some good neurosurgeons.

Take care! And don't forget to "recharge" your own batteries on the way.

 
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Posted Mon Mar 17, 2014, 6:00am
Subject: Re: It has been a looooong day.
 

Thank you both,

Steve, you know all too well, I am sorry for your sisters accident but it sounds like she made a great recovery!

Cyndy was moved to a rehab nursing care center. It is a combined rehab and senior care facility for live in patents who need a little help day to day.

She is in the short stay ward and she starts therapy this morning for physical and verbal rehab. They encourage the patents to get dressed each day VS wearing the hospital gown. She will have 2 hours a day of rehab. The goal is to get her to a point where she does not need any external care, where she can bathe, walk, cook and do light chores such as laundry etc. If we can get more than that, that would be outstanding and that remains a second goal, to achieve the most she can be.

Her spirits are good and my son and I are VERY encouraged by the progress she has had since the surgery. She went from, for all practical use, grunts and very limited use of her right side to speaking in short but full sentences and she has started to use her right arm for things like holding hands etc. There is even a little grip returning so that you can feel it VS not using the arm at all for months.

Nobby, yes, recharge is on the agenda. Now that the big events are over and things are settling down I can get more rest. I was working on only a few hours of sleep a day but now I will be able to get back to "normal" waking at 3AM, out the door at 4 (hey, I still need my espresso in the morning!) work from 6 to 2:30 then home but now I will be stopping at the center for a few hours on the way home daily.

 
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Posted Tue Mar 18, 2014, 2:34pm
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Wayne,

I have been out of town and just saw the thread. I am very sorry to hear about the new issues but am encouraged by the great news you have shared so far. I will be praying for your wife, you, and your son. I am just a little ways down the road. Please let me know if there is anything I can to do pitch in while you are burning the candle at both ends.

Take care,
Ron
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Posted Thu Mar 20, 2014, 8:50am
Subject: Re: It has been a looooong day.
 

Ron,
wow, you are close :D

I had about 12 hours of sleep last night after needing to slap myself silly all the way home on the 60 mile commute from Long Beach. I feel much better now, though I only saw the wife for half an hour and most of the time, I was fighting to stay awake.

I got a call from the rehab center doctor last night, her white count was up so there is indication of an infection someplace. They are taking her to get xrays today to see if they can find where the problem is.

It is good she is in a skilled nursing facility as a high white count would never be found at home before it becomes a big deal. Hopefully, it won't be a big deal anyway.

As close as you are, you need to come over for a cup or two!

 
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Posted Fri Mar 21, 2014, 1:31am
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Hopefully they're able to tackle this latest problem. Sending positive vibes your way.

 
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Posted Fri Mar 21, 2014, 9:32am
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Wayne- I sent you an email. I'm around Sunday if you are not busy.

Let me know,
Ron
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Posted Wed Mar 26, 2014, 3:12am
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Hi, Wayne! How are things? I just hope that no news from you is good news.

 
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Posted Tue Apr 1, 2014, 11:00am
Subject: Re: It has been a looooong day.
 

Hi all.

Yes, no news means OK.

She is home now, and better than she has been for a very long time. An indication I suppose that this latest cyst has been there for a while.

To recap, she had surgery, they removed the tissue from inside the cyst that they thought caused it to grow. They put in a drain tube and let the pressure out of the cyst and brain for about 4 days, there was no indication of any building pressure so they removed the drain tube and sealed things up.

She then spent a few more days in the hospital for a total of 7 from being admitted. She was moved to a skilled nursing facility where they were able to closely monitor her and start physical therapy on her arm and leg which had been under/non used for months. After two weeks there, she was released to go home and last Saturday we picked her up. We had a walker for her from years ago (never throw away those devices, you never know when they are going to be needed again) and she used it every place in the house. Now she does not use it when moving from the bedroom to the master bath, the hallway is narrow and it is easy to use the walls for balance if needed and it was a pain to get the walker through the door.

The home care equipment came yesterday, consisting of a 3 way commode which can be used bedside, as a riser over a standard commode and in the shower for safety. It will not be used bedside as it is not needed there but it is in use as a riser and shower seat. Also included is a rental wheel chair, it is too big for use in the home but may come in handy for longer trips out of the home.

Tomorrow there is a nurse from the insurance company coming out to see if there is anything that they can help with or any details that need tending to on their side of things and later in the afternoon, a physical therapist is coming for an initial evaluation and to put together a plan for therapy in the home.

She is able to move around the home quite well with the walker but is not setting any speed records LOL. She still has issues with converting actions now into short term memory and issues with remembering words she wants to use but is able to get the point across with some help from us guessing/guiding the conversation.

Like I said in another post, this is now the long, slow moving, boring part, the recovery both mental and physical.

She is in good spirits and really does not remember the last several months or the condition she was in for that time.

As always, I am  happy to answer questions.

 
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Posted Tue Apr 1, 2014, 5:22pm
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Glad to hear of continued recovery. Being able to joke about things certainly seems to be an indication of good spirits. Perhaps we can organize an annual Coffee Geek Walker Wars event to see who can get to their respective god shots the fastest. My sister (and the rest of us) struggled the most with short-term memory also and I can certainly agree that it is a long, slow, and boring process. Nonetheless, I'm sure we're all happy for whatever updates you would like to share. Down the road, I'm sure you will both be laughing about the small potatoes. We have found that as the years go on, thinking back, you laugh at certain events that seem so trivial now, but at the time were a big deal.

Steve

 
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