My husband Darrin is recovering from his fifth brain injury in his lifetime. We need help to keep him in our home. The greatest need at this point is a handicap accessible bathroom.
Darrin was just 13 when a drunk driver hit the car he was riding in. He was thrown from the back seat through the windshield and his head hit the blacktop. He had a traumatic brain injury from the impact. His forehead was crushed and he had to have two brain surgeries, including removal of most of the frontal lobe of his brain.
During his 45 day hospital stay he developed meningitis for the first time and as a result had further brain damage. He lost the hearing and sight on his right side.
Darrin would never be the same shy young boy that was injured that night but he did continue to recover as much as possible and graduated high school and attempted college and did go to vocational school.
In the early 1990s he had his third brain injury as a result of grand mal seizures that would not stop and he was in coma for over a week and then he contracted bacterial meningitis again and was in a coma for over another week about a year later, furthering the damage to his already stressed brain. He recovered but the anxiety and panic disorder that he was left with made it necessary to quit work and to get disability.
In 1999 he and I were married and he had been relatively healthy aside from anxiety and his vision/hearing loss on his right side until recently.
On December 20, 2017 Darrin was rushed to the hospital and was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis and his body was in fight or flight mode. During the night he had to be put on a ventilator and he developed brain swelling. Around noon the next day a surgical procedure was performed, a burr hole, to allow the fluid to drain from his brain. He then was flown to the University of Kentucky hospital to their Neuro ICU, where he stayed for 26 days. He was in a coma for a week and the doctors discovered he also had Ventriculitis and told me that his prognosis was very poor. He had a tracheostomy and feeding tube put in within the first week. When Darrin awoke from the coma it was evident there had been more brain damage. It took some time to realize because he wasn't responding, that he had lost the vision in his left eye and could not see anything. He was transferred to Cardinal Hill for rehabilitation and remained there for three weeks. While there he was able to begin eating and talking more and eventually they removed his tracheostomy. He was sent home on February 7 unable to see or walk, unable to control his bodily functions and very confused, suffering severe memory loss.
As of today, March 21, Darrin has been home six weeks, and he remains unable to see anything, but has a syndrome where he thinks he can see things. He cannot stand or walk and has not regained control of his bodily functions. He has gained some weight back, eats well and is getting stronger. He continues to suffer memory loss and confusion.
I continue to strive to keep him in our home, but we do not have a handicapped accessible bathroom. As he progresses, albeit slow, his team of physical and occupational therapists want to be able to train him in his home bathroom; thus the immediate need to get this modification to our home completed.