Post # 1
A friend of both SO and I got into a bad snowboarding accident last night, and we found out today he’s in a medically induced coma. He has a brain injury and the doctors said it’s severe. They don’t know the exact damage yet, but when he wakes up (because I refuse to believe he won’t), he may have to learn to walk and talk again.
I found out on my lunch break at work today and just burst into tears. This is ridiculous, I saw him on Friday. He’s only 23. The worst part is, he was in the USA when this happened, so he’s at an American hospital right now, and we can’t even visit. It just really makes you realize how important it is to tell people that you love them and let go of stupid meaningless fights.
Has anyone had to deal with a TBI? I just keep hoping he will be OK.
Post # 3
I am so so sorry for your friend, and that you can’t visit, and have to worry and hope for the best from afar. It is really important that he has friends like you pulling for him even if you can’t be at his side.
I don’t have experience with TBIs but have had close relatives in the hospital, with medically induced comas, fighting for their life. It is so hard, and so scary and I pray for strength for you to get through this time.
Your friend is young, and was healthy, and I’m sure the doctors and nurses are doing everything possible. Stay strong and calm and positive. Miracles do happen. (((( Hugs ))))
Post # 4
@Scorpio88: Sending prayers for a steady recovery for your friend, and strength for you.
Post # 5
I’m so sorry.
I’ve heard that the you are you are when you sustain a TBI, the better your prognosis, long term. A younger brain bounces back much more. I’d say 23 is young.
You’re totally right about the priorities thing.
Post # 6
My brother is diabetic and when he was 26 he had a low blood sugar episode after a night out drinking resulting in TBI so I know exactly how you feel… You see him happy go lucky one day and then he’s in ICU hooked up to tons of machines and they are preparing you for the worst.
We prayed non-stop for weeks that he would recover and slowly but surely he did.
He went through a lot of therapy to get his motor skills and memory back and had about a year of what we called “fogginess” where he needed assistance remembering daily tasks and short term memory recalls… but physically he was all good.
It was tough to see him go through it but he is pretty much 100% today – 3 years later.
They say every case is different but the brain is an incredible thing and his age is in his favor like in my brother’s case… even in a comotose state he can still hear so if you know anyone who is with him, tell them to talk to him… it might help him wake up.
Just remember, nothing is impossible for God and He heals miraculously every single day!
Keep your prayers, hope and chin up, girly. This too shall pass.
Post # 8
Sending good thoughts your way!
Post # 9
Oh thats awful. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for him!
Post # 10
How horrible, I’m so sorry to hear of your friend’s accident. A WB user named Macintosh is going thru something similar right now – her husband was hit by a car while riding his bike before Christmas and has a serious TBI. I hope reading her posts and the replies from supportive bees here helps comfort you and give you hope in this difficult time. The human brain does not finish developing until age 26 so I feel confident that your friend will make a full recovery.
Post # 11
I’m sorry to hear this. I know it’s hard you cannot see him, but we have incredible hospitals here in the USA. I hope he makes a decent recovery!
Post # 12
How horrible! I hope he gets well enough to come home soon. I’m sure he’d be cheered and encouraged by wonderful friends like you and SO pulling for him.
Post # 13
How awful. Was he wearing a helmet?
Post # 14
I’m so sorry about your friend 🙁
Post # 15
Several years ago my then 86 year old grandfather was hiking (I know, who is this guy?!) and slipped near a waterfall and cracked his head. The fall caused swelling in his brain and he was put in a medically induced coma for 2 weeks. They had to open his skull to relieve the pressure and he had these weird tubes all over his head with pouches on the end to drain the blood. It was terrifying to see my grandfather like that once I finally got my mom to the hospital. I live 45 minutes away from my mom and then my grandfather is about 2.5 hours away from her house. There was no way she was driving so I had to take her.
The doctors were concerned about brain damage due to the fall and subsequent swelling. Luckily, my grandfather has fully recovered without any issues. I am so sorry to hear about your friend. I am hopeful that such a young person’s body is remarkably resilient and I hope your friend pulls through. The medically induced coma is definitely the best thing for him right now and will reduce the amount of potential damage.
Post # 16
Thank-you everyone for the well wishes, I really do appreciate it.
@reebs83: Thanks, that gives me hope because it sounds almost exactly like what he is going through right now. He has a bolt in his brain to reduce the pressure.
@shaniqua: We’re not sure yet if he was wearing any protective gear, but he is an experienced snowboarder so I would have assumed he would have.
The doctors are saying his recovery may be about 18 months. They do not know much yet because he’s still in a coma, but they’re going to try and wake him up tomorrow. His mom has been updating all of us, thankfully nothing has worsened since yesterday. I’m just so happy that he’s alive, regardless of the state he’s in currently.