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.
Last Friday, the 13th was Rob's 25th birthday. As usual, I went into his room in the morning. I asked, "What day is today?" "My birthday," he replied casually. I was amazed. It's the first time in five years that he remembered his birthday. "Yes! It is your birthday. Do you know how old you are?" "25," he said smoothly. When he saw the smile on my face he said, "I'm getting better all the time." What a great birthday!
Saturday we had lots of Rob's friends over and Rob had a great time. Often, after a big event, Rob will get depressed the next day or so. That happened Sunday, but we managed a bike ride and that perked him up.
Two more items worth mentioning, we were able to give Rob's standing frame to a young man with a spinal cord injury in the Central Valley. What a great feeling to see that someone who has been twice denied a standing frame will finally have their own. An extra benefit is having more space at home.
Finally, this Saturday, September 21, is the first annual DogFest in Los Gatos. It is a fundraiser for CCI and will be lots of fun. There will be all sorts of canine activities and about a mile long walk at Vasona Park.