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Published on October 4th, 2013 | by Ben Hartman

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Kansas City Traumatic Brain Injury: Patient Review of Meadowbrook Rehabilitation Hospital

For many people, computers and electronic devices are a staple of modern day living.  In many cases the use of a computer or similar devices can be seen as an extension of the way our own brains function.  Computers however, are susceptible to a myriad of influences that can directly effect their ability to function.  Smart phones and laptops are likely candidates to receive traumas that can impact their peak functionality.  As Blogger Local learned from our experience with Mission Repair, electronic devices get dropped, smashed, left in hot cars, teethed on by toddlers and submerged in toilets.  In some cases the functionality of the electronic device is impaired because the screen or buttons have been damaged but in many cases the brains of the computer based devices are irrevocably damaged beyond repair.  Besides the inconvenience, the financial implications of replacing your device and transferring your data, the process of getting back to being plugged in and online isn’t to arduous.  What would you do, if instead of your electronic device’s brain being injured it was your own or perhaps a loved one’s? Consult a Kansas City personal injury lawyer?

A TBI is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. -CDC

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) each year an estimated 1.7 million people experience a traumatic brain injury in the United States.  Below are some of the major causes of TBIs.

  • Falls
  • Vehicular Accidents (including motorcycles)
  • Direct Impacts (example: concussion sustained from a football game)
  • Assaults

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According to the Mayo Clinic there are dozen’s of symptoms associated with TBIs.  Below are some examples of symptoms of a traumatic brain injury.

  • Confusion ranging from mild to completely disoriented
  • Mood changes
  • Change in sleeping habits
  • Impaired or slurred speech
  • Sensitivity to light, sound and other sensory stimulation

For Kansas City traumatic brain injury patients, many have found that there is one exceptional facility that has proven that through a combination of  personalized one to one care and intensive therapy, patients can overcome the challenges associated with TBIs and make a quick return to the community to continue living their life to the fullest.  For Kansas City area residents and residents of the surrounding Midwest region, the CARF accredited(Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Hospitals), Meadowbrook Rehabilitation Hospital in Gardner,KS is a premier destination for those TBI patients seeking the region’s best care and quickest rehabilitation turnaround.

This Kansas City Blog caught up with the hospital’s traumatic brain injury program director Kathy Rothwell, who shared with us about one of their recent and most dramatic rehabilitation success stories.  Kathy told us about “John” who had come all the way from Topeka due to “serious cognitive issues and confusion”.  The TBI director explained that through intensive therapy and encouragement from the staff, that “John” was able to return to his community 4 months after he was admitted.  4 Months might seem like a long time but in many cases it is common for patients to take years to regain their full neurological capacity and function back.  Here is what “John” had to say about his rehabilitation experience at Meadowbrook.

“The nursing staff was terrific and I really appreciate the wonderful care that I received.  I enjoyed talking to the nurse Cindy because she was really there for me.  I’ll be honest about the therapy.  At first I was so tired that I didn’t want to work with therapy at all, but after a while I really go into the program.  The program really does work.  I would tell anyone with a brain injury to come to Meadowbrook because it has a good environment and the program is very helpful.” -Manny

“The nursing staff was terrific and I really appreciate the wonderful care that I received.”   -“John”

For Kathy Rothwell and the staff of the Kansas City Rehabilitation Hospital, success stories like “John’s” are why they devote their lives to helping people overcome seemingly insurmountable odds.  Unlike computer brains, human brains through a positive and encouraging environment can, through will power and determination, achieve any goal they set their mind to, even if that means overcoming something so serious as a traumatic brain injury.

Check back in with your Kansas City Blog source soon and we will be featuring some tips from Meadowbrook Rehabilitation Hospital on how to avoid traumatic brain injuries.

 

 


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Ben Hartman

Ben Hartman is a Kansas City native that has lived on both coasts and traveled the country extensively. Ever inquisitive, he likes to ask a lot of questions and he likes his coffee black. Ben has degrees from Full Sail University in audio engineering and entertainment business. Ben is obsessed with tech trends and emerging mediums of media distribution. He’s worked with many national music acts as a cameraman on stage in front of tens of thousands of people at a time. Working under pressure is one of his specialties. He lives for creative enterprises and enjoys breaking a good sweat!



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