I am new here and not sure that many caregiver's frequent this place, but thought I would share our story anyways as my husband's injuries effect both of us. My husband was in the Army and sustained his TBI overseas in Iraq in April of 2006. At the time none of us knew what was wrong. He was in an IED blast that was huge and the force of the blast knocked him from the gunner's hatch down inside the vehicle where he was unconscious for some time, though no one really knows how long. He was dizzy, confused and couldn't hear for like 2 months after. His company did not do a good job and they made him finish his tour which was still 9 more months of combat at that point. Following the IED blast they also had two more blasts of C4 as they blew up a bridge all within a 3 hour time frame.
We have been told his TBI is "mild" but it has been almost 5 years and he still struggles with daily functioning. Further testing has shown that he actually has areas of severe damage in his frontal lobe. While my husband was and is proud that he served our country, nothing could have prepared us for how different our lives are now. We are still fighting for decent care and the elusive purple heart that he still does not have. He has never been in any kind of treatment program for either his TBI or PTSD. On top of both of those he also experiences periodic paralysis but it is not seizures. I am not sure what your stories are, but I look forward to reading about them and getting to know some of you. Is this website a WA thing? I don't know much about it, so pardon my ignorance.
Over the past few years I have really done a lot of TBI research and am amazed by all of the courageous stories I have encountered. We are now entering another phase of transition as we prepare to move because we do not have the medical care available to us that we need here. Thanks for reading this and I look forward to talking to you all.