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This is an excellent writing and how life changes following TBI. It’s identifies areas that are less likely to be understood.

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April 25, 2011.  My life changed forever in less than a second.  I was in a roll over motor vehicle accident and sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury.  I survived.  But I will most likely never be the same.   This past year in recovery was a mixture of hope vacillating with fear and anger.  Getting an actual diagnoses of TBI was the first hurdle.  The ER treated and streeted.  I presented “too alert” and with an “unknown history of LOC”  to be sseriously injured.  Really?  If someone responds, “I don’t remember” when asked if they were unconscious, guess what?  Something is not right there.  Most likely they were unconscious.  Not surprisingly, as the swelling in my brain grew, my symptoms progressed.  The medical field finally got it right when I had unequal pupils…

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To my last patient…and the last of my patience! Part 4 of 4

This is the final pages of my letter to my last patient part 4 of 4.  This letter in its entirety has clearly identified numerous safety issues without our healthcare system and specifically rehabilitation for neurology and traumatic brain injury patients.  Safety is ultimately the concern for all patients and staff.  Do healthcare professional overlook obvious symptoms because it is just a “job”?  Are patients truly safe?

Neither myself or immediate family ever sought legal action against this facility.  I was trying to get well and had no energy to do anything else.  In retrospect, if we only knew the long-term consequences and had the proper legal advice with authorities looking out for the innocent the outcome would have been totally different.  Maybe, it’s what nurses are expected to put up with and the facility is always right.
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