It’s been a little longer than we’d like between posts, time has a tendency to move quickly these days. Amy has now been home for a little over 2 months, and we’re about 6 1/2 months post accident. Some days are better than others but she keeps pushing ahead.
As of this writing she is still fully dependent on others to get around, needing assistance with things like getting adjusted while laying down (turned on her side, legs stretched or moved etc). Depending on the meal she also needs help eating, even finger food can be difficult for her to handle on her own but that doesn’t stop her from trying. For the most part she can swallow ok, although she’ll still have instances of coughing or choking a bit just about every meal. One of the most frustrating things for her is the almost consistent feeling of being cold. It’s mainly in her hands and is more nerve related than temperature, occurring typically when she’s laying down. Of course the solution could be “well, don’t lay down then” but I don’t think that would go over well.
Her speech continues to improve but she has a long way to go. Most people have trouble fully understanding her, fortunately she’s got Jon as her own personal translator (she might enjoy this a little too much). Every small improvement is a step in the right direction, even though not being able to clearly communicate can be frustrating for her.
There’s no doubt we’re facing a long battle, but we’re also very aware of how fortunate we are to even have the opportunity to face this challenge together. The donations we continue to receive via GoFundMe (link HERE) and other outlets are an absolute life saver financially. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
I (Jon) also wanted to take time to acknowledge just how much of an amazingly strong woman Amy is. The accident that resulted in her T.B.I was actually the second major accident of her life. Today, June 4th, marks the 21st anniversary of her getting hit by a semi while driving her Honda Civic. That accident resulted in a herniated disk and a tumor in her spinal chord causing chronic pain and eventual nerve damage in her legs. This was BEFORE a traumatic brain injury and yet she still battles every day, doing her best to be the fun and outgoing Amy we all know and love. This woman is a true warrior and such a huge inspiration to me.
Photos from Amy’s accident back on June 4th, 1998.