Super Man's Journal
The most wonderful time of the year?
Written Dec 8, 2013 4:50pm by Suzanne LaboyI love Christmas lights. My neighbor usually makes fun of me because I leave my Christmas tree up way past Dec. I'm not sure if its because I was too lazy or busy to take it down, or if it was because it gets dark at 4:30pm and I hate coming home to a dark dreary place during the winter months. Its no surprise I suffer from seasonal depression. Give me sunshine and blue skies and my smile will be contagious. Its snowing today and the last time I saw snow we were in the ICU. It was the beginning of March. It seemed weird that it would even snow but it seemed weirder that my husband was laying in a bed on a ventilator with a bullet in his head. I can remember thinking "well, it happened. My worst nightmare happened". I felt like I was in a dream. It all seemed extremely surreal. But something about the soft fallen snow and the sounds of the monitors beeping, I remember a peacefulness in the room. I would turn the lights off any chance I could get. The nurses would turn them back on every hour to do their neuro assessment. When done, they would turn them off again and the lights from the monitor would light up the room. Much like the Christmas lights on my christmas tree. The tree is up and our youngest put on the decorations. I was forced into buying christmas cookies and putting some lights up outside. I am reminded daily that life goes on even in a dark moment. Peter is here and surviving but I'd be lying if I said I don't grieve for the one I married. After a traumatic brain injury, things change. Relationships change. People change. Plans change. Some days you take what you can get and try again tomorrow. Is this the most wonderful time of the year? December is usually a busy time with the hustle and bustle of things to do and places to go. Or I can just sit by my fire listening to holiday music looking at the lights and pray and hope that tomorrow will bring another day of progress and the brain will continue to heal.
Peter wanted to walk with the Chief of Police during the Parade yesterday. I took a picture of him with Sgt Brian Thompson. He looked great!!
Written Nov 27, 2013 8:52pm by Suzanne LaboyToday marks the 9 month anniversary of Peters injury. It started out as our typical day but then the game changed. He had another seizure while at home with the boys. The two older ones knew exactly what to do. I'm so proud of them. The call to 911 was made before the call to me. I guess talking about our situation and things that can happen helps to educate the kids to take appropriate actions. We spent the afternoon at Medstar Washington Hosp Center. The labs were normal and the meds increased. It's always a scary thing but once again my background helps out and I'm in full nursing mode.
I won't say it gets easier, just alittle more tolerable to the fact that this is what happens and just gain knowledge from those who have experienced seizure disorders.
This Thanksgiving I will count my blessings. We have so much to be thankful for. GOD bless our family and friends who support and carry us through this journey. We love you all!!
MedStar NRH Gala Victory Awards
Written Oct 31, 2013 1:12pm by Suzanne LaboyMy husband pointed out to me one day while at therapy a wall of Victory. It has photos of those who have been honored with an award because of their inspiring and unbelievable stories of overcoming traumatic life events. The dinner is also a benefit for the National Center for Brain Injury and Stroke rehabilitation and research at MedStar NRH. With Tammy and Victor by our side, we attended the dinner last night at the Omni Hotel in DC. What a spectacular event. We sat and visited with some amazing people, got to hear their stories and how they were affiliated with NRH, two were previous patients. We witnessed 3 amazing honoree's receive their award and hear their story of survival. It was such an inspirational evening and a great reason to get dressed up and have a night out. I got the chance to speak to another spouse caregiver who gave me words of encouragement, telling me to continue to move forward, understanding my world like no other. It meant a lot to both of us to be surrounded by people who have gone through what we have and continue to do an amazing job growing and pushing through any obstacles that may get in the way. MedStar NRH continues to be a second home while Peter still receives therapy 3 days a week. The staff there continue to move mountains daily giving hope and inspiration to the injured and their families while getting us back on a new road, a new normal, a new chapter in our book of life.