Brittany and Her Brain Surgeries

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My friend Brittany had a terrible car crash on i75. Her car rolled three times and ended up half way into the canal, upside down, on her way home from work. After the year her family had, we never suspected something more to happen. She was wearing her seatbelt, thank God (picture below). The last thing she remembers is looking over and seeing someone texting, about to swerve into her car. She cut her steering wheel left, which made her roll. She does not remember that part, thank goodness.

She was in ICU/SICU for 6 days. She had a terrible brain bleed which we learned was getting  larger and actually led to brain surgery.  Brittany had to have a craniotomy (the surgical removal of part of the bone from the skull to expose the brain. Specialized tools are used to remove the section of bone called the bone flap. The bone flap is temporarily removed, then replaced after the brain surgery has been performed.). She will be uncomfortable for a while. All of this came about after she started feeling funny and kept getting confused. She couldn't even find the silverware in her own house.

She was working as a nanny. That's how we met over a year ago. Now, just as we think she is in the clear and healing after her surgery she had to go back to the doctor because her head didn't feel right. The doctor told her to go straight to the ER for a CAT scan. This is when she found out that her craniotomy hadn't gone exactly as planned and she had developed an infection. So, they had to go in again for the second craniotomy to remove the plates and try to rid the infection. They sealed her up tighter this time, but now she is attached to an IV 24/7 for the next 4-8 weeks which deliver the strongest dose of antibiotics.

The medical bills, insurance, and no nanny income Is more than a lot.  Below are pictures of the accident. 6278323_1444325414.2736_funddescription.





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Well, I started and loved all the therapies (finally was granted them). Then last night, the rehab called and said the brain injury program is out of money to pay for what I need. I looked forward to speech, occupational, and physical therapy. Physical therapy wrote in the assessment I was a fall risk. I thought that was ridiculous. Until, I stood up from the couch not knowing my right leg was numb (no needles and pins) so I took two steps on a dead leg. Then fell. The next day I went to the ER because my right foot was huge (left side brain injury). I sprained it and have to wear a boot but the worst part is not being able to go to therapy because he brain injury fund does not have enough money to approve it. I have no insurance because SSI was supposed to kick in by now. So now I have no therapies, no insurance and no government help. The OT says there's no way I can drive right now with my delayed response time. So I'm stuck. I'm asking for help. Suggestions are great. With love and always gratitude, Brittany. Pictured is my new friend Walter. My mom is paying everything from food to cell phone to you can't even imagine. I feel so guilty towards her bc I cannot work, was told so, and the government is not responding.
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Hello Everybody!
I want to update you all on what has been going on and the positive things that have come my way! First of all, I'm healing super well from the last brain surgery and no longer am suffering. This is a miracle for me because I thought it may help by a small margin but it was fixed completely. I am beyond grateful.
Secondly, my mom won a cruise at work and we had a wonderful time! We went to Grand Cayman and Key West. I even got my mom to go swimming with the Dolphins with me! It was so amazing! They pushed and pulled us, and kissed us . The trainer said "Brittany, it's a dolphin, not a horse! Let it pull you, don't ride it". I laughed and smiled so much it hurt during that excursion. We met so many amazing people on the cruise and had much needed laughs. I became wore out very easily but hey, I've been in the house for 10 months recovering from one surgery after another. All in all, my first cruise was so fun and I'm so lucky I got to go on it.
Finally, all my therapies have begun! Speech, occupational, and physical evaluations were this week and I am so grateful. I had to do a lot of self advocating to get these therapies through the Florida Brain Injury Program. It was hard going through what has happened in the past 10 months three separate times for each therapist. However, I've been waiting to get better and do all this for a long while and am really excited. I am going to put my all into every single category. I am so thankful they are FINALLY here to help me.
All in all, I believe and hope everything is coming together now. Im crossing my fingers hoping it is not too good to be true. I will work so hard to get stronger in every way. Thank you all for your prayers and positivity, because it has worked! With love and gratitude,
Bionic Brittany
The dolphin's name was Lucky!!!
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Hi everybody!
I'm feeling and looking more like my old self everyday! I haven't (in my opinion) looked this healthy since the accident. I have two new news reports! Haha
My mom won a cruise from work for being best in sales! We are going together July 4th from Miami then to Grand Cayman then to Key west. It's my first cruise and I am ecstatic! Mom signed me up for swimming with the dolphins in Grand Cayman! I've wanted to do that my whole life! So when you see pictures of our trip, just know it's because of my mom's hard work!!! I would love tips for my visit in Grand Cayman!!!
Second, I should find out today about when I start OT, PT and speech therapy! I'm so excited. I'm getting the help that I need and am so relieved and grateful.
Thank you so much to all of you for your positive thoughts and prayers!
Love always, bionic Brittany!!
No filter for the first time! Looking healthy finally!
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It has been 11 days since the surgery. They did a wonderful job.
I have not woken from a headache for two days and to me that is a miracle! However, my speech is not what it should be. I stutter and I know the word but just can't speak it. It is frustrating but speech therapy will help. I start within the month. I hope.
Also, the doctor is worried about TIA's (mini strokes), due to my right arm becoming numb up to my face and speech being slurred all the while. Next time (I hope there isn't), I need to go to the ER. He said it is likely healing from my left brain craniotomy but just to make sure go to the ER.
I am grateful for the Surgeon. He used a ten year old pin system to make sure the skull piece taken out doesn't ever move again. I am grateful. The doc said they haven't used screws for ten years, like what I had. It makes a difference to find a more experienced surgeon.
Thank you for your love and prayers, I am eternally grateful.
Love Biontic Brittany
A back ice pack I used for my head
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Steven Fata
37 months ago
Larry Fornwall
37 months ago

Praying for everything to go your way moving forward. God Bless you!

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Yahima Morejon
37 months ago

Hope everything goes fine Brit!

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Pat Allegier
43 months ago

Greetings from a Bobbie Noonan friend...Your in my thoughts and prayers! God Bless

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