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Brain Injury, Surgery, Anatomy

In the blink of an eye

In and instant, lives are changed forever. It is the very suddenness with which a brain injury happens that often leaves a family with little time to prepare for, come to terms with, or adjust to the changes that such a catastrophe brings. Not knowing what to expect or how to help can make the first hours, days, and weeks very hard for you, your family, and your friends.

You have just become a very important member of your loved one’s health care team. It’s normal for you to feel overwhelmed by all of the new information you are getting at a time when you feel as if you just can’t deal with anything more. But you have just become a very important member of your loved one’s health care team. To help your loved one the most, you must learn as much as you can about his type of brain injury and how to choose the best medical care for him.

If someone you love has had a brain injury, this booklet was written for you. It will help you understand what a brain injury is, what you may expect from your loved one during the early recovery process, and what you can do to help him, yourself, and others get through this very difficult time.

These pages answer many of the questions asked most often about brain injury. It can help you understand what is happening to your loved one, as well as prepare yourself and your family for the next few days and weeks. If you or your family still have questions after reading this content, please know that many have walked the same path with you. They will be able to relate some of the practical implications of the experience. Your doctor is always the best source for answers to the medical questions about the brain. Write down your questions. And write down your answers so you can refer to them later. There is comfort in understanding what is happening and what to expect. This understanding can help you become more comfortable working with the health care team and supporting your loved one’s recovery.

Comments

  1. I would like to ask : What happens to other wounds (severe ones) on the body when the person is in a coma? Do they heal faster? Slower? Normally?
    And in cast the coma is caused by temporary lack of oxygen (the person went into shock) does the recovery goes as it does to patients having a head injury and/or brain damage

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