Traumatic Brain Injury Essay

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Brain and Behavior Spring Semester 2014 “The purpose of this paper is to investigate the quality of life for patients recovering from traumatic brain injuries and the various techniques used to cope and rehabilitate.” Hitting home April 22, 2013 started off as what seemed to be a normal day, but quickly turned into one of the most horrific, life-changing days for my entire family. I looked out the window and saw an ambulance across the street and began to panic. My mom and I rushed to the hospital, where we met the rest of my family shortly after. My dad had been working underneath a trailer weighing about three thousand pounds when the jack gave out and landed on his head. One of his employees lifted the trailer off and called 9-1-1. He immediately had a bilateral craniotomy, removing both sides of his skull, allowing his brain to swell, and was placed into an induced coma for three weeks. The doctors told us that it was a miracle he had even lived through the accident, but wouldn’t give us any other answers. We wanted to know if he was going to be okay. Would he ever drive again? What would his life be like now? The purpose of this paper is to investigate the quality of life for patients recovering from traumatic brain injuries and the various techniques used to cope and rehabilitate. Rehabilitation After a traumatic brain injury, it is recommended that a patient goes to a rehabilitation center. They can be an inpatient or outpatient, depending on their condition and how much care they need. Additionally, they will be provided with cognitive, occupational, and speech therapies in accordance with their needs. Furthermore, doctors from Spaulding Rehabilitation Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Fairlawn Rehabilitation Center in Worcester, Massachusetts both say that the best thing for these patients is socialization and human interaction. For inpatient
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