Although Alan survived -- and is now capable of walking, speaking, reading, loving, working and driving -- he is a different person. In the hospital, he cursed at visitors, threw fruit and discussed "the defective Al Forman.
As Crimmins so eloquently and honestly recounts, she, her daughter, and all who knew Alan were traumatized by the accident and its aftermath. From pictures of his brain, she discovered how new information would take him twice as long to process, a condition called cognitive fatigue.
Her advocacy for her husband, including research into the best rehabilitation facility, day hospital, vocational rehabilitation program, doctors, therapists, etc. Scrambling eggs was overwhelming.
There was the day early in his rehabilitation when he demanded to know the time of the meeting. But once he came home, she began to write spontaneously about the early stages of a person recovering from a traumatic brain injury.
Others, such as Forman, recover in amazing ways but become a different person. The biggest difference in a person after a traumatic brain injury is a lack of self awareness, Crimmins says.
When is the meeting? The lives of writer Cathy Crimmins, her lawyer husband Alan Forman, and their seven-year-old daughter were changed forever on July 1,at a lake near Kingston, Ontario. There was the day she discovered two things about her husband - first, that he could read and second, that he wanted to masturbate constantly.
In addition, TBI survivors say and do wacky things: The book clearly documents that the trauma is not limited to the patient. Watching her husband Alan Forman, a year-old Philadelphia lawyer, re-learn such daily chores as tying his shoes or putting dirty plates in the dishwasher made her realize what an amazing organ the brain is.
It was a silly, horrible, stupid accident. Doctors in the Canadian trauma center where he was flown predicted he would awaken from his coma but never walk again.
But the old Al is gone. While Alan steered a small boat back to dock at the end of their vacation, a teenager drove a speedboat literally over him, causing major traumatic brain injury TBI including seizures, coma, hemorrhage and paralysis.
The injury to his frontal lobes causes him to be disinhibited, erratic, angry, irrational, petulant, obsessive, devoted yet cruel to his daughter, and prone to severe "cognitive fatigue.
It was a coup.
The damage was to the front part of his brain, the area that controls emotions, personality and judgment. If someone else is in charge, he told Crimmins, he had to know who it was so he could hold a meeting and tell them what to do.
With the chemistry to his frontal lobes damaged, Forman no longer had the same impulse control. When he awakened five days later, Forman believed he was 12 and back in Brooklyn. In the first few years after his injury, he would laugh, cry and grow angry easily.
As Crimmins tours on behalf of her new book, visiting Sinai Hospital tomorrow, her husband is reading it a third time. Her husband was incontinent, paralyzed, angry.
Crimmins is an aggressive caregiver, thrust kicking and fighting into the caregiver role. Yet some of what he says and does is heart wrenching and poignant. The force of the blow was the same as if he had been thrown through a car windshield at 70 mph.
It was the summer ofand they were visiting a lake resort near Ontario, Canada. Two million people suffer brain injuries every year, and many never recover. In a scene that could have been taken from a James Bond movie, Forman was hit on the head by a speedboat that flew over their smaller skiff, which also carried his daughter and friends.
He has the same face, the same body, the same funny laugh.Cathy's Story - Edit Story Cathy, this is where you can tell everyone about the things you're proud of.
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