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  •  There is no such thing as a "mild" or "minor" TBI (6+ / 0-)

    Though those relative terms as well as "concussion" have their medical uses. It is unfortunate the general public --- and even many medical professionals --- do not yet recognize the potential risks with any blow to the head.

    We are too accustomed to typical "Cinderella" stories where someone awakens from a coma and immediately progresses to a "full recovery."

    Or, gets up from getting knocked out and returns at once to playing some "game," or whatever.

    It. Is. Seldom. That. Simple.

    Please also see this comment:

    Every concussion is a consequential brain injury

    (Note: If anyone wants to know why I feel so strongly about this subject, please feel free to ask me via Kosmail.)

    •  Miracles do happen. Great recoveries (2+ / 0-)
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      do happen.

      But I absolutely agree with your point here.

      She is very ill.

      •  One of the many conundrums (3+ / 0-)

        surrounding brain injury is that sometimes folks with a more severe initial injury may exhibit a better recovery, over time, than some with a so-called "minor" TBI.

        No two cases are the same.

        •  Indeed. (3+ / 0-)
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          WakeUpNeo, KenBee, Wee Mama

          For a small example, my brother and the great rock star Neil Young had almost identical brain aneurysms.  My brother died after two weeks in neuro ICU and several surgeries, ultimately from sepsis caused by a bad IV line, not the brain injury.  Neil is still going strong seven years later after his attack, at a much more advanced age.

          Not the best example, I guess, but one that is strong for me.

        •  I learned this first hand when my son.. (5+ / 0-)
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          suffered a TBI 4-1/2 years ago.
          At first it was possible he would remain in a coma, then he made slow progress with major personality changes that scared the crap out of us. Then his recovery picked up to the point where the hospital was under pressure from the insurance company to get him out of the ICU (dam insurance bastards).
          Within a month he was 75% back.
          Then another rapid period of recovery.
          Today he is not yet 100% and may never be but close enough for us to feel extremely fortunate.
          He turns 29 in 2 days.
          We know first hand what gut wrenching stress and fear family members of TBI suffers go through.
          Indeed no two cases are the same. It changed our lives forever.
          It made us aware of how we need to educate people to be very aware of head injury no matter how insignificant they initially are.
          I have been quite bold  telling complete strangers who I observe not providing themselves or families head protection riding bikes etc the potential consequences of their actions.


          "Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here." Marianne Williamson

          by Canadian Green Card Alien on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 12:03:14 AM PST

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