Monday, September 03, 2012 12:45 AM
I love the rehab/transition idea! We had a really hard time when Eric first came home, and that would have been wonderful. He was so sick and tired of all the inpatient rules, that he would stop at nothing to get "thrown out" as he recalls!
I have stopped our Facebook page, but I think I may start a web page, like yours, to keep Eric's updates available. We've been through some really challenging times lately, but it's such an overwhelming thing Eric's done. He survived. I want to share it with the world. His reasons for being alive and being too stubborn to die, he said, was his boys. He said he hadn't taught them to be men yet.
TBI is so frustrating...for everyone involved. You want that same person back, but at the same time...you're thrilled that he's still here to share life with us, no matter how hard it is sometimes. Eric's been driving himself crazy thinking of ideas for projects around the house, but he can't do them yet. He wants to take the boys fishing more than anything. For us, he said he wants to reconnect and "get that magic back."
Overall--he IS walking! He just decided to skip the walker and cane! Ok with us :)!!! So many, so many outside factors and obstacles have been thrown at us all. Wen it comes down to it, it's really all petty. Family disagreements, days missed from work for dr apts, not having the laundry/dishes done all the time, being late to work/school, and so much more. All these things don't matter when it comes to the precious life we've been given the opportunity to live.
Like my Grandma just told me today...she wants the song, "One day at a time" played at her funeral. The reason: because we never know how much time God has given us, and every day should be lived like that. I've learned to cherish the days God was graceful enough to allow Eric to stay here with us. I'm learning, and trying to remember this and forget all the rest.
Eric is trying to be strong and optimistic, but I cannot even try to imagine how hard it is to struggle with this brain injury everyday. There's so much he wants to do when he gets a little bit better. First on the list is fishing with the boys :)
Oh-and Eric also loves to sing and rhyme and make up his own cute songs! We're hanin in there, and I'm glad you all are too. It's going to get better. Everyday.
Wife of Eric- a tbi survivor