| Topic: Finding a rehabilitation
Dear Kathy M.,
Dear Kathy M.
My niece was in a bad car wreck back on November 19, 2000 in Alabama
and has been in the UAB Hospital in Birmingham. We are having a
hard time finding a Rehab Center for her. What we think and call
a "response" the people there say's she's not having any.
At first she was responsive before they put her in a drug induced
coma. She had bleeding on both sides of her brain and swelling and
she's only been awake for a three weeks. She also has some brain
stem injury, but how bad I don't know. She's awake but just sits
there and sometimes will turn her head at the sound of someone's
voice. The commands they want her to do are things like sticking
out her tongue or lifting one arm when commanded to.
We are at wits end on trying to find a Rehab for here that close
by our home and who will take Medicaid. I say she's in there just
need help in reaching out.
Have you asked the case manager or the social worker at the facility
your niece is in about rehabilitation options? They should have
access to resources.
Another option is to contact your state's Brain Injury Association,
or a local brain injury support group. Both your state association
and the national association can be found at the web site for the
Brain Injury Association of America: www.biausa.org. There is also
a list of rehabilitation centers at address.
Some people find Internet support groups to be helpful, as well.
I facilitate a list for families called ASSIST-TBI. Networking with
others who are walking the same walk can not only be very helpful
in terms of finding resources, but also for helping with all the
emotional issues that go along with helping a loved one.