Families of TBI Survivors

Brain Injury Blog by Christopher Chang

April 5, 2013

Families of TBI Survivors 

Trauma Unit is often the first of many stops after TBI.

Trauma Unit is often the first of many stops after TBI.

As you well may know, victims of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI’s) are not the only ones who face a tough and challenging road ahead of themselves. Families of survivors face just as much fear and confusion a TBI sufferer will most certainly be feeling. Imagine if you will, the long wait in an emergency room in a trauma center, you’re confused, scared and worried beyond belief, for the loved one who has just been brought in after their tragic accident.

You ask yourself, what is happening? Are they going to make it out alive? When faced with a life altering ordeal like this, you do not have time to think, but simply react. You rush to the hospital, fueled by adrenaline and the love you have for that person in pain. However, it’s important to keep in mind, that while you are being pushed by raw instinct, you should not allow yourself to be careless in the process.

Just blindly rushing to the hospital, opens up a Pandora’s Box of accidents waiting to happen. Take it easy and be vigilant. You cannot afford to get yourself into any trouble, while you’re on your way to the hospital. It may seem impossible, but keeping calm under the circumstances is ideal and will help keep you from panicking uncontrollably. Some of the best doctors in the world are working on saving your loved ones life and work tirelessly to repair what damage they can, caused by the traumatic accident.

When the patient arrives at the hospital, there is a 24 to 48 hour window after the accident that doctors must perform surgery. Removing various blood clots and relieving pressure on the brain is the most important task during the surgery and can take many countless hours. Waiting for surgery to be completed can be nerve-racking and tense, but keep in mind doctors are doing everything within their power to save the victim and restore what functions they can.

When it comes time to see your loved one and they are motionless in bed, with tubes spiraling out everywhere, it’s easy to get frightened and think the worst. You’re not alone, and many families face the same ordeals and fears. This feeling is no more apparent, than that of the mother of a child suffering from a TBI. A mother’s instinct is to nurture and seeing a child seemingly lifeless in a hospital bed, is enough to make a mother break down emotionally and mentally.

Many victims of TBI’s do not fully recover or regain full use of their normal brain functions, so coping with the recovery process is a challenge that both the victim and the victim’s family will face together. Hope is not lost however, and there are numerous rehabilitation programs available to assist the recovery of TBI victim’s and are good resource for the family to reach out to. It cannot be stressed enough, that you are not alone in this struggle and there are countless others who are going through the same issues as you.

Working together and finding an outlet is a prime example of building yourself back up and healing the wounds sustained by everyone involved in the incident. The best thing you can do is to keep your head up high and look toward the many resources online or out in public to help guide you through the confusing times. No one is prepared for such an ordeal, but there is help and guidance available for those who find themselves in this traumatic experience.

About the Author

Christopher Chang is a Graphic Designer/ SEO Content Writer for the Law Offices of BD&J. He writes and designs content pertaining to personal injury law as well as many other fields of interest. You can check out BD&J Law Firm for more info on traumatic brain related injuries and other forms of traumatic injuries for help and guidance. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

The attorneys at BD&J Law Firm offer free consultation for victims suffering from severe personal injuries or traumatic injuries stemming from catastrophic accidents.


2 responses to “Families of TBI Survivors”

  1. Casey Bachus says:

    As a wife of a TBI survivor, I understand this all too well. I had trouble finding resources for the spouse when I was going through this. I wrote a book to help others “How I Survived My Husband’s Brain Injury” is the story of how I made the journey as a spouse.

  2. Marilyn Lash says:

    Thanks for writing a great article – too often, the emotional trauma for families when a spouse, child, parent, or sibling is injured is overlooked. Brain injury truly is a family affair.

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