The human body, though very durable in some situations, is also very fragile. There are two types of injuries that highlight this fragility: spinal cord injuries and brain injuries. Both can happen in a variety of circumstances that leave a person from Chicago vulnerable to them while at home, work, running errands, or on the road.
The story of a 71-year-old man who fell off a ladder last October is one that highlights the traumatic effects of a brain injury. According to him, he still cannot remember a five-week period that occurred directly after the fall. Records show that he was in a coma for three of those weeks. The damage done to his brain forced him into therapy so that he could relearn how to write, read and walk again. He remembers a time when friends and family would struggle to understand the words he was trying to say.
At first, he could not sit in a chair without support. When he first arrived at the hospital, he was in such bad condition that doctors were not sure if he would live. And all of this was caused by a fall from a ladder.
Traumatic brain injuries can be caused by a car accident and those happen too often to count. The accident does not need to be a serious one, either. Any force strong enough to give you whiplash could cause your brain to collide with the inside of your skull, potentially causing serious consequences for years to come.
Remember, a brain injury can happen anywhere. The road to recovery for some people is bleak and many have found themselves giving up hope of returning to the state they were in before sustaining the injury. But in the case of the 71-year-old man who fell from the ladder, he is back golfing with his old friends, though he says his game isn't what it used to be.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle, "Battling back from a brain injury," Drew Joseph, Oct. 2, 2012