Thursday, January 13, 2011

This is Gunnar's Brain...This is Gunnar's Brain with a TBI

Gunnar definitely was placed in the TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) pipeline, as his doctor called it.  He had an intense array of various diagnostic evaluations with different therapies.  He met with Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Vestibular Therapy, Cognitive Therapy, Optometry and probably some others that I'm missing.  They each did separate evaluations to see where exactly the injury to his brain is.  The injury came from a serious of events in Afghanistan last spring including a fall resulting in loss of consciousness, a grenade going off above his head and a few other things that all happened in a short amount of time.  The Army has been less than supportive of him making and attending these appointments.  I've been really disappointed in the way it's all been handled.  The injury will be almost a year old by the time he actually is treated for it!  And while he was at one appointment, his First Sergeant was texting and calling Gunnar, telling him to get up and leave the appointment.  Unbelievable!!! 

The assessments were done about a month ago, and the next step is all of those therapists getting together, comparing notes and coming up with a treatment plan.  This step has been postponed twice so far because of stupid reasons. 

The thing about a mild TBI is that Gunnar is able to function mostly pretty well on a day to day basis.  He has intense headaches and some short term memory problems (hard to tell if that's because he's a guy, or a guy with a mTBI sometimes) and balance problems.  It's not severe enough to make it impossible to do his job, so it's not taken seriously by the guys in charge. 

I'm not sure when the appointment has been rescheduled for this time, but I'll let you know what they say...

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