The hospital released you for your traumatic brain injury last week, and your relatives are visiting.
“You are so lucky to be alive!” your Aunt Sally exclaims as she wraps you into a bear hug.
Even if it is fortunate to survive an injury as serious as a TBI, it may not feel lucky. Instead, it can be overwhelming. One of the most challenging aspects is the uncertainty. If you have recently had a car accident that caused a TBI, having some idea of what to expect can be helpful as you face the recovery process. The second segment of this two-part blog post explores what happens during TBI recovery.
Caring for yourself
When someone injures his or her brain, it can place significant limitations on the mind and body. Some TBIs are mild and only require short-term assistance with activities such as bathing and walking. Other times though, TBI victims need more help. Research shows that as many as 30% of people still need assistance two years following a TBI. Friends, family members or hired caregivers often fill this role.
Handling the insurance
Money can be a major issue if a car accident leaves you injured. When it comes to payment, the law considers Louisiana an “at-fault” state. This means the driver who causes the accident must use his or her insurance to cover costs. It can be challenging without insurance though. Even if you are not at fault, you can face limits when it comes to making insurance claims if you do not have insurance at the time of the accident.
Taking rehab seriously
The long-term effects of a TBI can be life-changing. When you are facing a difficult recovery, the thought of lifting weights or practicing memory tests can be painful. Feeling discouraged or impatient is normal. Nonetheless, taking rehab seriously can help you in the future.