Ted--when he first got injured, he was taken to Germany,
and was not expected to live.
I was given the option to withdraw care.
His dad and I were given that decision.
One of his friends in Iraq was pulled off of a patrol,
and was going to come to Germany to escort his body home to the States
Ted took a very good turn and improved.
He was in a coma for a couple of months--
probably about 2 1/2 months, and was in the hospital for--I think--10 months consecutively.
So the first year for Ted was a lot of what Carolyn was talking about--
learning how to talk again, learning how to walk again, learning how to get dressed.
And later on, maybe getting a little closer to maybe learning how to manage himself again.
As Ted has described it, it was a lot like being born all over again,
except it was an accelerated childhood--
That all of the things he had learned in the first year of his life, he had to relearn again.
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Military wife, caregiver, and brain Injury advocate Sarah Wade talks about her husband's injuries sustained while combat in Iraq and how " ... for Ted, the first year of his recovery was like being born all over again, except accelerated."
This is an excerpt from BrainLine's webcast Caregiving and TBI: What You Need to Know. See full webcast here.