Officer Macri we got your 6
Macri We Got Your 6!
You can read Mike's story below….
On October 5, 2016 Officer Macri was involved in a horrible motor vehicle accident while in duty. Officer Macri sustained a broken neck, traumatic brain injury, nerve damage, two herniated discs in his lower back, and a torn labrum.
Officer Macri was responding lights and siren to a shots fired call. Thankfully, most drivers did as they should and pulled over out of his way. Unfortunately, one on coming driver made a critical error and turned in front of his police car. Due to his quick thinking and training, was able to avoid harming the driver but in turn was very badly injured himself. Lucky for Officer Macri (aka Mac Meathead), he is a very physically fit person; and that big ol neck of his probably saved his life!!!
Officer Macri has a long road of recovery ahead of him. We are lucky to still have him with us. Officer Macri has spent 9 years serving and protecting the community. It's our turn as a community to help Officer Macri and his family as they battle the road to recovery. All donations will go directly to the Macri family. Thank you and continue to keep The Macri family in your prayers!
Please help us support our Brother in Blue and his family as they go through these tough times.
Then Macri family would like to say thank you to everyone for the love and support you have shown us.
Please take a look at WBAL news Channel 11 for a story on mike
Nicole, my heart goes out to you and your family. Let me say, Thank you for your FAMILIES service. I pray that he has a full recovery. It's men and women like him that keep us safe. God Bless
Does anyone out there know someone who had/has a Traumatic Brain Injury???? Do you know what it is like to live with someone who had/has a TBI? Do you know what is like for life as you know it to TOTALLY CHANGE???? Do you know what it is like to for some moments in time you are with the person you know and have known for years and it's “normal” and then in an instant even though physically that person is infront of you but emotionally and mentally it is someone you don’t know, someone you don’t recognize and is the total opposite of who used to be your husband? IDO, I DO, I DO!!!! I think part of the reason why I keep posting information is so that I can educate people that are involved in our lives so that everyone can understand a little bit more what life is like for the MACRI family. The other reason is a way for me to deal, cope, handle and process this curve ball we have been thrown. My husband is a very strong willed and motivated MAN! Part of being so strong willed is putting on a good front. This man can hold a conversatio on the phone and in person, can go for walks, make a meal, do laundry, you know most of the “NORMAL” shit we do on a day to day basis, but what y’all don’t see or experience are all the symptoms/issues/behaviors stated below because you get small periods of time with him in a very controlled and safe environment. No one but the members of this house truly KNOW who and how Mike has changed! EVERY DAY IS DIFFERENT,SOME DAYS ARE GOOD AND SOME CAN BE A FUCKING ROLLERCOASTER! A concussion and traumatic brain injury are THE SAME THING, it just depends on how a doctor presents the information to you. A TBI can range from mild, moderate to severe. When you hear concussion, most folks may think, oh you hit your head and you will be okay just get some rest VS. if you tell someone you have a TBI, maybe folks may think you are intellectually deficient/delayed or suffer from injuries that may leave someone paralyzed, unable to care for themselves (basic bathing and daily activities) etc.. A concussion is a common head injury, also known as a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). It is an injury that results from a direct or indirect blow to the head, face or jaw causing an alteration of brain function which can become evident through a variety of related symptoms. The damage to the brain during a concussion is caused by a sudden shifting of the brain inside the skull. This shifting can cause the brain to knock against the hard bone of the skull, causing bruising to your brain and damaging brain cells . FYI: During the accident Mike- Mac Meathead hit his head pretty hard, we are not sure on what however he had a huge gash on the right side of his head that he needed more than several stitches for. A blow to the head can also cause a rotational injury to the brain which can cause shearing of the brain nervous fibers which can alter brain function. YOU DO NOT NEED TO LOSECONSCIOUSNESS in order to suffer from or have a concussion/TBI Concussions are hard to recognize unless you have been married for 11 years and know someone for 15 and how that person typically acts, behaves, reacts, and responds to life's challenges on a day to day basis. When you suffer from a TBI your cognitive& physical abilities, emotions & moods, as well as sleeping patterns can be subtly or DRASTICALLY different. In simple terms a TBI changes the way the brain functions therefore it can change a person on many levels The following is a list of possible concussion related symptoms: Mike suffers from the following daily: Not thinking clearly-YES Feeling slowed down-YES Not being able to concentrate-HELL YES Not be able to remember new information-FUCK YES Headaches-YES Fuzzy or blurry vision-Um YEAH Sensitivity to light and /or noise-OMG YES Balance problems-SHIT YEAH, randomly will fall over or walk into shit that has been in this house for years Feeling tired or having no energy- HITS A WALL AND FALLS ASLEEP FOR HOURS Easily upset or agitated-UM YALL HAVE NO FUCKING IDEA Sad-AT TIMES Nervous/anxious-THIS AT TIMES IS UNDESCRIBABLE More emotional-ALL FUCKING DAY Sleeping more than normal-YUP. Nap time needed daily Crying more thanusual-THERE ARE SOME BAD DAYS Changes in personality-YES, sometimes they can be minor and sometimes huge but to his family the changes have been MAJOR Changes in standing/walking-SHIT this man cant walk a straight line to save his life Dizziness-HE HAS HIS MOMENTS Obsessive Convulsive Disorder-THIS SHIT IS OFF THE CHARTS http://www.braininjury101.org/ This link is an awesome website that offers education about TBI’s and how caregivers can manage and cope with this life altering diagnosis.
Hey y'all. It's me again and it's a long one AGAIN. Today marks 5 months since life for the Macri house was changed and our world was flipped upside. On 10/5/16 mike was working and driving to a call with lights and sirens. Of course when you see a police car coming with lights and sirens you get the hell out of the way. Right? That's what I do but in this instance that didn't happen. Someone made a left turn in front of mike when he least expected it. This caused mike to t-bone the car. Initial injuries: broken C-7 and laceration to his head. Fast forward to today =5 months later after some of the dust has settled in this mans body! Current/ recently identified injures: he still has a broken C-7 which seems to be slowly healing and we are unsure if he will need surgery, nerve damage to his left arm/hand, muscle atrophy and weakness, a torn labrum in his right shoulder, discs L4 and L5 are moderately herniated, postconcussion syndrome, his sense of midline is significantly off, convergence amplitudes are low and he has vertical heterophoria and needs to start visual rehabilitation. We have countless doctors appointments still and every time we see a new doctor a new issue is identified and has to be addressed. The goal is for mike to heal with the least invasive medical treatment possible but the reality is, we and even the doctors do not know at this time for sure what he will need to recover and no one is sure if he will fully recover. Some People say knowledge is power! So after all these months and many doctors later it was discussed that maybe mike should see an eye doctor. Hmmmm some would ask why? Well he did hit his head hard and his vision is still not quite right. It could be the medication he is one but you can never be too cautious right? So he finally sees the eye doctor on Friday and here is what we were told. You suffered A concussion and you have Post-concussion syndrome. Well what is that you ask? It is a complex disorder in which various symptoms — such as headaches and dizziness — last for weeks and sometimes months after the injury that caused the concussion. Concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury, usually occurring after a blow to the head. Loss of consciousness isn't required for a diagnosis of concussion or post-concussion syndrome. In fact, the risk of post-concussion syndrome doesn't appear to be associated with the severity of the initial injury. Post-concussion symptoms include: * Headaches * Dizziness * Fatigue * Irritability * Anxiety * Insomnia * Loss of concentration and memory * Noise and light sensitivity Headaches that occur after a concussion can vary and may feel like tension-type headaches or migraines. Most, however, are tension-type headaches, which may be associated with a neck injury that happened at the same time as the head injury. In some cases, people experience behavior or emotional changes after a mild traumatic brain injury. Family members may notice that the person has become more irritable, suspicious, argumentative or stubborn. Hmmm this sounds just like my husband. After getting this diagnosis and making the connection that mike has all of these symptoms things start to make sense. With understanding this new diagnosis makes the both of us feel like we aren't going as crazy as we thought we were. Now there is a name for all these behaviors and treatments/rehab to help decrease these symptoms. So it's been 5 months and most days feel like it's ground hogs day for us. Thankfully our kid hasn't been as affected as he could have been for such a traumatic thing to happen to his dad. Even though he was hurt badly, mac Meathead is still here to be the Man of our family, the head of our household, a dad, husband, son,brother, cousin, grandchild, a police officer,friend, my rock and truest love of my life and I wouldn't have it any other way!
Hi all. I hope you read this in its entirety even though it's longs as hell but extremely personal and my family's story PSA/ update on Mac Meathead aka Batbeard's medical conditions-yes there are multiple issues going on all at the same time. Sorry but this is gonna be a long long post For those of you who don't know, Mike was in a motor vehicle accident on 10/5/16 while working. He is a police office and and was driving to a shots fired call with his lights and sirens on. While he was heading to this call most of the people who were driving around him did the right thing and pulled over, got out of his way and stopped driving with the exception of one elderly lady who to decided to make a left turn in front of him with no indication whatsoever leaving him nowhere to go but into her. Thank goodness my husband had the training to react appropriately knowing there was no way he could avoid hitting her. When he realized that he was heading straight for her driver door he was able to swerve enough to hit the back part of her door and back door to avoid hitting her directly which probably would have resulted in a much much worse scenario than what it actually was. The lady was knocked pretty far from the actual point of impact however she was uninjured and walked away just fine. My husband on the other hand hit the curb, a metal street poles,a fence and then the fence pole which stopped him or he would have wound up In a tree behind the fence. The first question out of his mouth to a co-worker was is the other person okay? And that is because my husband is an amazing, strong,dedicated and selfless(hard-headed) POLICE OFFiCER! I want to send a special thanks to everyone who was there to help him, who checked in on us, made meals and who has been a support to us during the challenging time. So needless to say on October 5, 2016 our families life, daily living and activities, life as we knew and lived was changed forever. It felt like the carpet or better yet the foundation we lived on was cracked,crumbled and swept out from under us and we/me quickly went into survival and fight/flight mode. But for anyone who knows me knows I fight,fight hard and don't stop! Initial and current/new conditions that have crept up since the date of accident: broken C-7 aka broken neck however the way the break is he is not in danger of paralysis but there are serious symptoms and issues that come along with the break. These symptoms are as follows: constant pain, numbness in his left arm& hand, muscle atrophy and weakness, having to be in a neck brace/collar 24/7 with the exception of showering. Very limited range of motion and a huge decrease in his daily activities. He also suffered a concussion which is also know and is a TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY. Symptoms as a result of this is short term memory issues, balance and gait instability, double vision, vertigo like symptoms, altered personality ( obsessive compulsive disorder, PTSD, panic attacks, paranoia, anxious, short tempered) aka not himself! Every day is different for me because I never know which mike I'm waking up too, sometimes it's good and sometimes not so much☹️He also has pretty severe nerve damage in his left arm which may or may not heal or regenerate. Only time will tell. We also recently found out that also due to this accident he has two bulging (pretty severe) discs in his lower back L4 and L5 which is causing numbness and tingling in his leg and foot. Here is what most folks don't realize. When you call and talk to Mike, he sounds great, normal, can keep a conversation going no problem what no body realizes is he may forgot some or a lot of that conversation. He can put on a good game face. When he has the opportunity to see friends and has to travel in the car. It's extremely uncomfortable and his anxiety sky rockets and sometimes equals a panic attack yet again he can put on a good game face and no one would ever know. When he is in total pain and agony, no one other than me, his wife notices the subtle changes in his facial expressions, his demeanor and his breathing however no one else would be the wiser. This man is on a daily regimen of medications to manage his pain, nerve issues and joint and muscle pain which also comes with their own side effects and issues and we are not sure how long he will need to be on these medications to help manage the pain and other various issues So here is what life has been like in the Macri household. Mike went from Working a regular schedule, working out daily and being able bodied to to everything and anything that needed to be done on a day to day basis to being home all day everyday with limited activities. He is totally dependent on me to take him to all medical appointments which range from 2-4 a week which sometimes last up to 4 hours a pop. He is unable to drive and will be unable to drive for at least 8 MORE MONTHS!!!!!! Now please keep in mind I work I work 1 f