[Adam Anicich] Hey guys, it's Adam, and I want to talk to you today about
the VA Polytrauma System of Care and how it kind of changed my life
and got me re-energized about going back to school.
When I went in to the VA system I didn't really have any intention of
going back to school or furthering any kind of formalized education.
But as I started to go through the system, and I started to see the different specialists
who were helping me kind of rehabilitate but also just get checked back into normal life,
you know a lot of people played a role in that.
The occupational therapist, for example, gave a lot of good strategies
on identifying memory functions and kind of linking certain things together,
gave me different strategies on how to use my surroundings
and my environment to my advantage.
For example, using computers for email, saving documents electronically
so I can access them wherever I am so it wouldn't matter if I forgot them.
Some of the other things that came into play were my speech language pathologist
showed me how to use all kinds of really exciting technologies.
So again a lot of the electronic features such as an electronic calendar
or electronic contacts, things like that, really kind of integrated into
my recovery, and then there was my polytrauma physician
who pretty much just said, "Hey, why don't you give it a try?
Get back into the swing of normal life and see how you do.
If you stumble, if you fall, we can get back on track, get you back on the horse per se."
So really stimulated me.
So kind of having this system of care or this group of support
for different aspects of life in my recovery was really fascinating,
but it had the unintended consequence of encouraging me and motivating me
to go back to school which is what I did. Thanks.
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Adam shares his story of how polytrauma care at the VA changed his life aftter brain injury, including the unintended consequence of wanting to return to college.