Friday, October 22, 2010
It's off to Montreal again; this time for three days of training and evaluation. Having joined the program over seven years ago, we travel north with the same sense of optimism and apprehension; always those same two conflicting emotions simultaneously.
We know that Adam's body continues to change and normalize after his traumatic brain injury. Our perception of change differs from that of the trainers as change is more noticeable if you haven't seen someone in 6 months. Living with Adam daily, change appears more slowly because you notice only small incremental change. The trainers' feedback is always positive, the journey insightful, and the task ahead formidable. Our apprehension always come from our fear that we are not doing enough and a notion that more hours will translate to quicker improvement.
We will leave the ABR Center with new skills, new tasks and a renewed sense of energy. Other sets of eyes will notice change that we have not recognized. We know that ABR (Advanced Biomechanical Rehabilitation) works, so we are committed to the process. And, as always, we are anxious to return to the Cape...our home.
Someone recently asked, how extreme caregivers who are living with PTSD themselves cope....the next blog will deal with some strategies from our toolbox.