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Rob’s Story

Welcome to Rob's CaringBridge site. Please check out the pictures (under resources you will find a link to the most current pictures), journal entries and links for information about Rob.

We read the guestbook entries to him regularly so feel free to leave him any words of encouragement you'd like to share.

On Monday, June 23, 2008, Rob was in a car accident that resulted in a traumatic brain injury. He was in a coma for five weeks at three different hospitals and came home after six months.

Rob suffered diffused axonal injury and is in a wheelchair. Currently, (2012) his torso is not strong enough to balance him and allow him to sit, or stand, without assistance. He is in therapies to help him be more independent.

Rob usually has two therapies each day. In addition to, physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, swim therapy, myofascial therapy, and voice lessons, Rob bikes regularly in a special tandem that his dad, Dave, designed and built for him.

Dave is a mechanical engineer who works in the medical device industry. Amy, Rob's mom, and Becky, Rob's sister, are teachers at Union Middle School. Rob's brother, Rick, works for Blackhawk in the Bay Area.

Latest Journal Update

What's Been Happening dictated by Rob

Mom reminded me about this site and I wanted to throw out my two cents. Hello everyone reading this. Weird not knowing who I'm talking to. It's kind of like rambling. I'll keep telling myself, "I'm sane."

I asked mom, "What's going on today?"

"Mike stopped by for a quick visit," mom answered.


"Why did you want to do a shout out to everyone?"

"Because they deserve to know. But I can't remember what's been happening."

"Yesterday we went for a bike ride."

"Yeah. That was fun."

"Dad signed us up for the Santa Rosa Grand Fondo again."

"It should be loads of fun."

"I'm not sure about that. This year we are signed up for the 60 mile ride with climbing. It could be rough."

"Sounds like fun. I really want to be active. I'm rather bored just sitting here. It's weird that I've changed. I used to be not so active and used to be fine with it. Now, I want to be active."

"Maybe you're growing up."

"Maybe...I'd rather not say I'm growing up and jinx myself. But maybe you're right, I'm growing up."

"You have a birthday coming up. How old are you going to be?"

"I'm going to be......25. Right?"

"No. 26."

"Ah shit. It sucks that I can't remember. In some ways I am getting better but there are still lots of things to improve upon."

"Don't you think everyone feels that way?"

"Yeah. I guess so."

That's the conversation between my mom and I. That's what's happening here. Good bye.

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3 Comentarios

chuck schmalz
By chuck schmalz
Rob, Great to hear an update. Bike ride sounds fun and challenging.
Bill Waterson
By Waldo
Hi Rob,
You continue to get better and better. Never quit! Keep up the good work.
Cynthia Towle
By Cynthia Towle
Sounds very positive.