Summary – the cause – the injury – today’s quality of life?
My husband’s best friend, M joined the Army while my husband joined the Airforce. Five years ago, M was deployed to Afghanistan. His convoy encountered an explosion. Preliminary findings were PTSD. He returned for two more tours after psychological evaluation cleared him to be physically and mentally fit
despite bouts of insomnia, anger, and general behavior change. Finally, after two years suffering , an Air Force Doctor, ordered a CT Scan, MRI, and neurological testing. Findings were conclusive-TBI due to the force to explosion although there was no visible wounds at the time of the ecounter. He and his wife moved to Virginia to be able to get the proper care and treatment. M is no longer in the service, receives disability. I wish I could end the story that all is happy and going well. M’s wife calls and shares stories about M’s mood swings, and his inability to keep a job after the military. However, they are in counseling and taking one day at a time.
Please share your experience at the time you became aware of the injury?
This occurred prior to me being a job advocate for TBI Survivors. Like most or friends, I thought it was due to PTSD.
Tell about the experience immediately after the injury. Surgery? Coma?
No surgery. Currently undergoing counseling.
Tell us about the hospital stay after the survivor was no longer in a coma
Tell us about the time in rehabilitation?
currently in rehabilitation
Tell us about coming home!
“Please type some single words that describe how TBI has touched your life. For example: Frightened, confused, sad, etc. Enter as many or as few words as you like. Separate each word with a comma”
angry, sad, sympathetic, curious, hopeful, inspired…
Tell us about life today?
What do you want to tell others going through the same process?
Treatments, understandings and actions that made a difference?