Eric was without blood or oxygen to the left side of his brain for an estimated 2 hours. When Eric woke up from his surgery he was unable to speak, read, or write. BUT Eric was able to move his body which is a blessing in itself. Eric stayed in the ICU for a few days then the NICU for another few days then went straight to rehab. At rehab they helped Eric gain his strength back and start him on speech therapy as well. On his 3rd day at rehab he could count to 10! A small accomplishment to some but a huge accomplishment to him and our family.
Eric is home now with his family. His wife Amy and 3 children, Jacob 10, Haleigh 5 and Mason 2, were very excited to have him home. Eric gets in home care from nursing and a speech therapist 2 days a week. Which will be ending soon and will be continuing out patient therapy for a very, very long time.
And I'm sure you can all tell Eric is without a job now. He lost all his income and has been denied any disability to help make up for his lost income. My sister and Eric are in the process of appealing those denials, which could take several months. Medical bills, Mortgage payments, oil delivery to keep their house warm and bills will be coming in and will be needed to get paid. Eric is unable to drive and even cant be left alone with his children even for a little while. Eric's ability to read, speak and write is severely limited to 3 word phrases. (but getting better with time and practice).Though his mind is functioning he has to go through potentially months or years of speech therapy, learning how to write (he's tracing letters now) and learning how to read ( practicing with his 5 year old daughter) in the hopes of regaining his ability to live a normal life and work again.
Eric has had a smooth adjustment to his new life at home but not without some frustration, sadness and difficulty. But he will prevail, he will get better and he will be successful in beating these disabilities and become the person he once was before his traumatic brain injury.
Anyone that can help, anyone that can donate a $1, $5, $10 or even a prayer for him and his family would be so helpful and appreciated and would never be forgotten. This is an amazing family, And Eric needs your help. Thank you already for all the out pouring of love and support from so many. Eric, his family and myself appreciate it more than you'll ever know.
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