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Longtime No Post + Happy Halloween 2017

I know that I’ve been beyond lazy on updating my recovery blog this year, and I apologize to all of my subscribers for that. I’ve, honestly, been looking to migrate all of it’s content from the current domain, MacchioTrustFund.com, to the new one that I secured a little while ago to match my hashtag, SlowlyButSurelyTBI.com, but am a little nervous of my novice coding self loosing all of the entries that currently exist on here… 😳

ANYWAYS, I’m planning to DEFINITELY have it all migrated over to the new domain by next year. Also planning to make the same New Year’s resolution that I gave myself last year, to update it AT LEAST once a month.

The thing that really inspired me to publish this posting is the fact that it’s Halloween and that I never shared the GIF image that I made and found after looking through my Stanford Hospital medical records CD two years ago and somehow never made its way to my blog. #blameitontheTBI

SO, Happy Halloween + stay safe out there everyone! 💀 🍬 🎃 🍫 👻

Happy Halloween everyone, from my accident's original X-rays to you! 💀 #slowlybutsurelyTBI #recovery

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A little selfie action before we hit the road on September 7, 2013.

Home Sweet Home

Today marks the two year anniversary of my parents and I making the trip back home to Mt. Pleasant, SC from Shepherd Center, as well as all the other inpatient treatments post accident.

My friends at a welcome party they held for me.

My friends at a welcome party they held for me at my parents’ house.

A little selfie action before we hit the road on September 7, 2013.

A little selfie action before we hit the road on September 7, 2013.

Stage 2: Inpatient Rehab

First Step

My trunk failing to support me on my attempt to take my first step.

I started remembering what was happening and going on around me 2 weeks after ICU. While at Kentfield Rehab, in Marin County, California, the Speech Pathologist was working very hard on getting me to move my tongue and get some kind of sound out of me, but had no luck. In Physical Therapy I would mostly stand up in the standing frame and 23 minutes was my record while there. I also tried to take a single step but failed miserably, with my trunk collapsing. For Occupational Therapy I would do a board with different sizes and shaped pegs with my right hand because the left side of my body was completely immobile and still does suffer muscle tone. Meanwhile friends and family ran a fund raising party for me back home, Mt. Pleasant, SC, while my mom was staying in California with me and until I got home. After the fund raiser my dad had accumulated $15,000 (Thank you everyone!) and the first thing he did was buy my mom, a traveling nurse, and me first class Delta tickets to Atlanta because they would be bigger seats than coach and way cheaper than renting a private jet. So they took my trache (surgical opening to restore normal breathing) out on April 19, 2013.  Then on April 21, 2013 we then caught a 5am flight to Atlanta to continue inpatient rehab at Shepherd Center.

 

My first full day of therapy at Shepherd Center I said my first word ‘hi’. I then worked on my memory, both long term and short term. Within the first week I was there I did a swallow study to determine how well I was swallowing. I passed my swallow test the first week I was there and was put on a level 1 diet (pureed food) and eventually level 2 (honey thickened liquids and fine foods). Another thing I did in Speech Therapy was practice yelling out ‘ahh’. The typical, healthy, person can yell out ‘ahh’ for 20-25 seconds, but while at Shepherd I could only get mine up to 3.5 seconds tops. In Physical Therapy I was first started on serial casting to get rid of my ballerina feet, then moved on to mat exercises, walking in a platform walker with Bioness (remote estem device), graduated from the hoyer to heavily assisted transfers, and practiced getting into a vehicle for my parents’ sake. Occupational Therapy consisted of arm stretching, getting the first movement out of my left arm, and the FES bike (pedaler for OT and PT that consist of estem).

'Pedaling' my way to the city on the FES arm bike.

‘Pedaling’ my way to the city on the FES arm bike.

While there I got a Baclofen Pump to help reduce tone in my left leg and had surgery in my left ankle/achilles tendon to correct the ballerina feet because the serial casting didn’t help as much as everyone hoped. Graduated 4 months after being at Shepherd and I was then invited to their outpatient facility, Pathways.

Next entry will be about outpatient therapy.