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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.


  1. Rose Akinyi says

    My husband had an accident but was out of coma two weeks back but he is unable to talk will he recover his speech

  2. April Raymond says

    I am coming out of a very serious diagnosis called Wornike Korsakov Syndrome. Caused by vitamin deficiency. Have been in a walking coma for an amount of time I have yet to determine.

    I woke up to a very overwhelming world. I have lost my career job of 17 years in healthcare. My daughter has moved into my house and COMPLETELY taken it over. Many material items have been discarded or boxed up into storage. Other items of value have been taken away. Including my vehicle. For which I was more than 1/2 paid off.

    I can find a new home. I can take public transportation if need be. And even though it hurts my heart to the CORE… I can get a new job. But how in the hell do I even bring my existence back to Saturday January 30? How do I tell my family that I have come out of that dark, terrifying mindset and am now mentally PRESENT?

    ANY ideas? Thoughts? Advice? ANYTHING is appreciated.

  3. My mom had a brain hemorrhage and left brain stroke 3 weeks ago
    She has aphasia and can’t move her right side
    I did see her right leg moving yesterday …not spastic either that a good sign ?
    I also had her laughing yesterday … but back to nothing today that normal

  4. Alrich Willis says

    Hi my daughter was involved in a hit and run and is currently in a coma, the icp fluctuates a lot but some days she moves her arms and hand aswell as her eyes and some days she just moves her eyes slightly, what do we make of that as they stopped giving her sedatives

  5. My husband was in a car accident, got into coma. They he sustained lot of head injury. blood spilled to his brain. now he is home but unable to talk. We he ever recover his speech?


    My brother was found unresponsive A few days ago and he is in a medically induced coma every time I would squeeze his feet and ask him to move them he would but the doctors are we saying since hes on so much medication that’s just reflexes. how do you know what’s reflexes and what’s not how do you know that hes hears me you and doing what I’m asking I’m confused?

  7. 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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