my daughter was in an accident on april 14, 1995. she was 18, i was 38. she sustained a severe closed head injury..(brain injury) severely twisting the brainstem. 30 days deep coma, then opened her eyes. however no kind of response what-so-ever to anything for 6 months. after severe neglect in "rehab" homes, i took her home. she could not move at all and was still very much contracted. she slowly began to respond to things....caregiving was hard....for the next 3 years i had to move her every where she needed to go...showers, restroom, in front of the tv, supper table, bed, etc., etc. i set my clock for every two hrs thru the night to turn her, and change her depends if necessary. we finally found a brain injury rehab place in austin called brown schools.....to make a long horror story short...today she resides in an assisted living home. she is wheelchair bound but can transfer herself with the use of a standing pole. her left side has very little use and she has very little balance. at times she is herself, other times not. she can be a 31yr old one day, a 10yr old the next...just depends on the day. so....i know a little about caregiving and the stresses and the depression it can bring. i also know the physical problems that sometimes comes with it...slipped disks, back problems, etc., etc. so....... if anyone out there needs any kind of help, or just wants to talk, i'd be more than happy to ablidge.....
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