Family and Traumatic Brain Injury

Disclosure:  This post was written last October 7, 2016

[For the choir director; according to [shoshannim]; a [maskil] by Korah’s descendants; a love song.] My heart is overflowing with good news. I will direct my song to the king. My tongue is a pen for a skillful -Psalm 45:1 God’s Word Translation

Today is the 7th day of once again experiencing God’s faithfulness in our family by bringing us endless hope and resurrection from dead. Last Friday, September 30 my husband (Joshua) and I headed to De LaSalle Medical Hospital for Joshua’s consultation with Doctor Santos, a Psychiatrist which ended to emergency admission.  He experienced one psychotic episode triggered by stress in processing immigration papers.  We were informed by the hospital information personnel that travelling from Imus to Dasmarinas will only take us 30 minutes if there is no traffic.  So we decided to traveled as early as we can for we only using a public transportation.  We discussed the plan with our two years old daughter Abigail.  I said looking to her eyes, “Abi, daddy and I needs to go to the doctor because daddy needs to become more healthier for our family to be more stronger and us becoming a better parent to you.  You need to stay with Papa, and Tati.  When she heard the plan, she wasn’t like it. She said, “I go to the doctor” and I insisted that she needs to stay with Papa.  It broke my heart when tears started to fell from her eyes.   She insisted to come with us.  But, she understood that it was for her better staying with Papa.  Her resolved was bringing the phone with her, and she agreed with the plan.  In fact, when we left her with the care of my father, she was in a joyful spirit.

TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY

With a little knowledge of everybody, Joshua’s life journey is a celebration and a proof of the existence of a Divine Healer.  He is Yahweh Ropheka, the Lord who Heals.  Its been 19 years when a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) happened with Joshua.   With the story that I gathered from Joshua’s side of the family, black and white records from the hospital, and with the permission of my husband, I will try my best to share how Yahweh Ropheka continuously uphold Joshua and our family year after year.

September 27, 1997 when the young Joshua who was only 13 years old at that time was admitted at the Neurology, Emergency Room at Jackson Madison County Medical Hospital.  He was confined and treated for a TBI  he had incurred when his head was hit by a running truck when he landed jumping from the school fence.  His Length Of Stay (LOS) in the Nuerology lasted for 23 days.  In his story, he was told that he was coma or unconscious for a matter of 7 days.  He was discharged from NEU dated  October 20, 1997 with a ruling diagnosis of Cerebral Contusion.

CEREBRAL CONTUSION

According to emergency medicine physician, David Feldman, MD, of Good Samaritan Hospital, cerebral contusion is another term essentially for concussion.  Essentially it is a rust.  Physical rust as well as mental rust.

A cerebral contusion is basically a bruise of the brain. Just like elsewhere on your body, if enough force is applied in a trauma, the tissue can become damaged and swollen and blood vessels within the tissue can break, leading to oozing of blood into the tissue (which is what causes the black and blue appearance of a bruise).  When a traumatic brain injury occurs, the brain moves around inside the skull. Either the direct impact or the sloshing of the brain and hitting the inner part of the skull can cause this type of injury to the brain. The brain tissue itself is quite fragile and easily injured. With enough force applied to the head, the brain can hit the side of the skull, leading to a cerebral contusion.  Source: http://www.nervous-system-diseases.com

This kind of TBI isn’t something to ignore for it has a lifetime effect so its really helpful on our part to know more about this TBI while watching  the video entitled, “What is cerebral contusion?” created by  Attorney Robert Jarchi, a lawyer who is proud to represent brain injury victims.  In his video he clearly discussed the definition of cerebral contusion, as well as cerebral contusion symptoms, recovery, treatment, and rehabilitation.

GETTING DEEPER

According to Attorney Robert Jarchi, a cerebral contusion typically occurs when the brain strikes the skull during a TBI. The bleeding of the surface of the brain most commonly occurs along the Frontal and Temporal Lobe.  For this reason problems with attention, emotions, and memory (I will try my best to discuss this part gradually) which are associated with these lobes are common to persons with cerebral contusions.  Most persons who’ve had cerebral contusions have serious head injuries.

FRONTAL LOBE

When we were still living in Tennessee, my husband always had an ample supply of encapsulated dopamine that we were getting from Wellness Center at Jackson, Tennessee.   Myself not being used of taking so much supplements and vitamins, I questioned why he needs to take it daily.  He then explained that because of his previous TBI accident that happened when he was 13 yrs. old, his right Frontal Lobe was severely affected.

According to centrefornueroskills.com, the frontal lobes are considered our emotional control center and home to our personality. There is no other part of the brain where lesions can cause such a wide variety of symptoms (Kolb & Wishaw, 1990). The frontal lobes are involved in motor function, problem solving, spontaneity, memory, language, initiation, judgement, impulse control, and social and sexual behavior. The frontal lobes are extremely vulnerable to injury due to their location at the front of the cranium, proximity to the sphenoid wing and their large size. MRI studies have shown that the frontal area is the most common region of injury following mild to moderate traumatic brain injury (Levin et al., 1987).

To be continued…

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