Friday morning I spoke in front of a couple hundred doctors, nurses, therapists, educators and care-givers who were all rather interested in hearing my story through brain injury into who I am today. Afterwards many people came up and would ask a variety of questions. One things I tried to come across very blunt with was how healing happens on your own time. There isn’t a set guide book of how to move forward after an accident and how to help heal your brain. It’d be nice if there was a wiki-how to but unfortunately there isn’t. One suggestion, is to give as much guidance as possible and ask many questions to see where the patient is at and if they have visited every type of doctor that can assist in the healing process. For me, it took four months before someone even mentioned a physiatrist. Physiatrists are doctors in charge of rehabilitation and physical medicine. My physiatrist changed our whole approach to healing and definitely lead my healing team towards more therapies and doctors that could help along the way. She changed our whole approached and blessed us with guidance. One thing for certain, as much as we wanted to get a “timeline” of how long it would take for certain things to heal, she could provide only a limited scale. There were way too many factors to really be able to predict how long or how short something would take to heal. Long story short, healing happens on your own time. Praying to G-d is helpful but then you have to do your own part as well. Healing takes time.
Healing on your own time