- By M.A. Appleby

Raising David Again - A Guide to Understanding the Uniqueness of Brain Injury and How Our Faith Sustains Us

  • Title: Raising David Again - A Guide to Understanding the Uniqueness of Brain Injury and How Our Faith Sustains Us
  • Author: M.A. Appleby
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 100
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Raising David Again A Guide to Understanding the Uniqueness of Brain Injury and How Our Faith Sustains Us The annual Florida Authors and Publishers Association President s Book Awards recognized RAISING DAVID AGAIN in the categories of Autobiography Memoir as a Silver medal winner and How To Self

    The annual 2017 Florida Authors and Publishers Association President s Book Awards recognized RAISING DAVID AGAIN, in the categories of Autobiography Memoir, as a Silver medal winner, and How To Self Help as a Gold medal winner.I wrote A Whisper Mystery Trilogy as therapy, on my way to writing this one Raising David Again is a true story taken from the journal that I startThe annual 2017 Florida Authors and Publishers Association President s Book Awards recognized RAISING DAVID AGAIN, in the categories of Autobiography Memoir, as a Silver medal winner, and How To Self Help as a Gold medal winner.I wrote A Whisper Mystery Trilogy as therapy, on my way to writing this one Raising David Again is a true story taken from the journal that I started the day my son suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury and is meant to be used as a guide It chronicles the steps we took as the tragedy unfolded, later bolstered by what was told to me by eyewitnesses at the scene The idea was to take that information and compile it into a Brain Injury Tool Kit that includes tips and suggestions that I wished we had at the time of the accident.Once our family began the long journey of recovery, it became was a true life altering experience, an accident that left my son near death You hear about things like this and think that s not going to happen to me, and not many of us are prepared when these events take place There are many resources available about Traumatic Brain Injury and brain injury in general and several websites have resources that are available to the general public These resources gave me a host of tools that were used to combat a multitude of problems But as we learned, each injury is unique and you will need to pick and choose what works for you and your loved ones Since every brain injury is different, there is no one size fits all solution, rather, they are a combination of things, that will change as time goes along The first chapter is a brief story about David as a small child, his fascination with all things music, and his dream to open a recording studio After realizing his dream and operating Scorpio Productions for almost ten years, he became disillusioned with the recording industry and decided to move his family to Florida and open a home theater business.What happened next is every family s nightmare and I realize now that there was nothing any of us could have done to prevent it, except David One of the two things I remember teaching my children when they were young do not stand up in a canoe, and do not stand up in a moving vehicle What transpired that day was simply an accident David stood up in a moving vehicle, fell out when it jerked, and his head hit the pavement.When the unthinkable happens, you either go into emergency mode or run the other way I tried to push all negativity aside and concentrate on the positive in order to be an effective caregiver Each chapter continues a little of our journey, the intense and privately painful hours before surgery, and the aftermath As family gathered near the ICU, we tried to remain optimistic and hung on to the 72 hour time frame that the neurosurgeon said would determine whether David would live or die.Once that deadline came and went, we went into survival mode , hoping and praying that David would wake from his induced coma the neurosurgeon had put him into during that initial surgery to repair his skull to opening his eyes and asking what happened We made ourselves at home in a little quiet room mere feet from the ICU and struggled with many things, the least of which was the mounting stack of information that was given to us by several agencies and the hospital itself Although I m sure we looked through it at the time, I didn t really comprehend what I was reading This all went into a box with the intention of reading through it at a later date We frankly didn t know how our lives would change from that moment in time and didn t realize its significance.The truth is, we didn t know what we didn t know In our journey into brain injury, my journal, the notes kept in a binder for medications and observations, and calendars to document the passage of time were all used in putting this manuscript together We learned about important documents after the fact and we could have saved ourselves untold grief had we known some of things ahead of time Had it been laid out as a simple guide, it would have spared us untold grief.It was almost a year later when I discovered eight little pamphlets that helped me understand the significance of what David might be going through and how I, the caregiver, could deal with it As the story continues, I add in tips and suggestions as to why types of documents might be needed, discuss types of guardianships, and touch on such topics as Social Security Benefits, Medicare, and Medicaid Then I add in the five important decisions that caregivers may need to make for their loved one should they need specialized care In subsequent chapters, it continues with David s story as we worked to find a suitable rehabilitation facility that would take him Once we found one, my sister and I a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist had several plans of action and when one didn t work, we came up with another one But you need to do your homework before placing any family member into any facility, and then check to make sure that there are no reports of abuse against them The suggestions for this chapter could save caregiver s the heartache of disappointment and aggravation down the road A description of how David s accident affected us as a family and the steps we fell into after the accident are mostly typical, however, what we discovered is that each brain injury is unique The startling part of it is, that this type of accident happens times than anyone realizes There are many good resources available that walk you through stories of recovery and how family, friends, and even coworkers had to either work with or walk away from the brain injured person as they were not equipped to handle the new person he she became post accident.We made our plans of action and had to continuously revise and review them, adding or subtracting as we went along, because it was so difficult to pin down details Then, there were other issues that cropped up that made us question everything This is where you need to pay close attention or the small issue becomes a much bigger problem down the road The importance here is that as a caregiver, you need to be an in your face participant, not just an on looker who trusts someone to care for your loved one I address the upside down life and the frustrations that may be associated with brain injury and the recovery process that comes with this It is also unique to the individual and there may be a host of symptoms that can affect vision, hearing, memory, taste, smell, spasticity, and cause headaches to name just a few I have included helpful tips and suggestions for these issues as well, because I was only aware of some of them at the beginning of our journey it would have helped to know that these things might manifest down the road.The journey into brain injury is a long one, punctuated by many steps forward and several steps backward until we reached the point where we decided as a family, to bring David home permanently after living in a rehabilitation center for nearly nine months Many clients get lost in this system and we didn t want that to happen to our David, thus we became involved with his rehabilitation Because brain injury is a family affair, we share our stories in the chapter just before other amazing and inspirational stories These are the remarkable stories that will encourage and inspire you as each individual had to overcome a multitude of issues in order to come back to former plane of existence What we learned during that time is what we want to share with the brain injury world as it would have been helpful had someone handed us such a guide My perspective on what it s like to live with someone with a brain injury and our 10 Keys to Recovery are what we use every day in our journey through life The Brain Injury Tool Kit is located at the end of the book, complete with all lists and suggestions found within the chapters.

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    1. An emotional journey documented of a mother's love to help her son after a traumatic brain injury. I won a signed copy of this book during a giveaway. I am under no obligation to leave a review or rating and do so voluntarily. So that others may also enjoy this book, I am paying it forward by donating it a local library.

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