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Charles' Rehab Journey
10/5/2016 Latest post:
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On September 14th, Charles and his friend, Robert were spending a week in Spain, riding trains to different locations, hiking the areas. They were headed to dinner that evening. The pedestrian light turned green, and Charles said, "we're okay to cross now". His friend was a couple of steps ahead of him. Charles proceeded to walk across the street and was hit by a motorcycle who ran the red light. Witness estimates were that the driver was going around 40-50 mph. I was scheduled to meet Charles that following Saturday, 2 days after the accident. Of course, I flew there immediately, the most excruciating 18 hours of my life. He sustained a bilateral frontal lobe injuries. Miraculously, he did not fracture anything. He was hit on the right side, hip and projected quite a large distance, ultimately landing head first on the street. He remembers nothing about the accident. Some memories of the town previously visited are intact. We spent about a week in a hospital in Bilbao, Spain. It was a challenge, as no one there speaks any English. Robert Glass, his friend was a god-send being there. Had he not, I'm not sure I could have put into motion the steps needed to fly him home. We spent another week at St. John in Tulsa, then arrived this past Monday, October 3, here at Craig Hospital, an acute inpatient rehab focused entirely on brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. Top-notch care so far. He's aware of what has happened to him, and every day there are small improvements. We will get through this, and I look forward to sitting around with family and friends, telling him of the outrageous stories of our experience in Spain, some of which are down-right hilarious and some of which are amazingly miraculous. Thank you for your love and support. Those who know him well, know that he'll enjoy hearing these stories, looking at pictures of where he's been and what improvements he made. There is no doubt at all, that this experience will bring he and I closer together in a way not ever imagined. He will come through this a stronger person than he already is, and he will help patients who are and have experienced the same conditions. Love to you all....