Did they recover? how long did it take? were they the same person after they healed?
My FIL suffered a brain injury while he was in the Army. He has never fully recovered. He has a 30% service connected disability. It hasn't affected anything but his personality (although he was in a coma for 6 weeks). He is different, when talking to him you can tell something is wrong. He also has anger issues and he doesn't have what I like to call the "Shut up" filter (that part that tells you that you shouldn't say whatever comes to your mind).
My BIL had a severe brain injury, resulting from wrecking his ATV while drunk. He was in a coma for about 2 months, and in the hospital for almost 4 months, and they had to use some experimental methods to save his life. He is VERY lucky to be alive. It's been almost 4 years since his accident, and he is mostly functional now. He has had some very drastic personality changes, the biggest one being that he no longer has an addictive personality, thank God. Also, he seems to be on the level of about an 8-10 year old with certain things. Most things do seem to be pretty much normal for him though. He also has a lot of pain, from his back injury, and he gets severe headaches that are supposedly from the shunt in his head. Over all, I'd say he has probably had a very successful recovery, based on the severity of his injuries.
My dad was hit by a car when he was 16. Apparently he was on a bike and when the car hit him the wheel threw him into a telephone pole, head first. He had a metal plate placed inside his head and he was in a coma for nearly 6 months. Though I didn't know him before the accident, my whole family says he was different before it happened. He gets mad really easily now and has to take medicine to control some of his impulses. He's still a good guy at heart, but injuries to the brain can have very severe and lasting implications. We feel lucky that his problems are controllable with medicine.
My uncle was in a motorcycle accident and suffered a brain injury. It's been almost 4 years and he's not the same person at all. He needs someone to look after him because he's very impulsive and doesn't make good decisions. His wife was killed in the accident.
My son was involved in a head on motorcycle accident on the 2nd of this month. He had a concussion, but he's healing well. At first he kept asking the same questions over and over. he doesn't remember the accident, only bits and pieces of the ambulance ride, and virtually none of the helicopter ride. He only remembers his time in the trauma unit in small chunks.
The accident was on Wednesday and he didn't really begin remembering daily "everyday" things until Friday.
He still doesn't remember the accident or the rescue, and he probably never will. But he's pretty much back to normal now.
Now we're just waiting for the blood clot in his leg to dissolve and his burns and road rash to heal.
My husband has a moderate Traumatic Brain Injury he got while in the Army. He got back to 70% of where he was. He relearned how to read and write, cope, and many other things. No, he never got back to the same person and he never will. It took four years to get him to his max point and then there is nothing more. He got put out of the Army for it. He has severe PTSD that never gets better.
However, in the course of time, we've learned how to adjust. I recommend this site for any family going through this.
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