Learning to Walk Again with a TBI Plus Latest Updates

Learning to walk after a traumatic brain injury

When I was one, I was in a car accident that caused traumatic brain injury. Before that accident, I was just taking my first steps. After it, I was like a newborn again. My sister, Kirsten, said:

“When Caleb finally came home from the hospital, we had just put up the Christmas trees. He looked up at the tree and we were so excited to see him reach up for the branches and stare with wonder at the lights. He couldn’t walk or crawl or roll over, but he could reach his hand up and that was exciting.”

It was a long time before I started taking steps again. I had to use a walker to help me at first. Except I hated that walker. My hands, wrists, and even arms were very weak. It was really hard for me to use the walker. Even with my family’s encouragement, I avoided my walker as much as I could.

My brother, Andre, also had a walker at the time. Andre had broken both of his femurs in the car accident. He was in a cast for a long time, but once the cast came off, he had to use a walker to get used to walking again on his weakened legs.

Andre didn’t love his walker either, but I did! I could hook my arms over the sides of the walker and didn’t have to use my wrists. I would hook my arms over and I could start to take slow and tiny steps.

One thing I’ve learned about traumatic brain injury is that my hard work is always rewarded. I didn’t learn to walk again in a short amount of time. There was no quick fix or piece of equipment that could take away the struggle. The only reason I was able to walk again is because I kept trying. With the encouragement and love from my family and with my diligence, I eventually learned to walk on my own. Even without Andre’s cool walker.

Latest Updates!!!

Shared yesterday on Facebook:

I am so excited to share this news! Tomorrow (which is now tonight) my siblings and I have a Skype call set up with Medical City McKinney to speak with some of the medical staff who were there the day of the accident, and who were instrumental in the care of me and my siblings. I’ll update you tomorrow to let you know what we learn. Thanks to all of you, we have heard from many of the doctors, nurses, firemen, and even the helicopter pilot who saved me and my family. It’s been amazing!

We really want to give a special thank you to these heroic doctors, and are hoping to fly to Texas before Christmas for a big reunion. We’ve set up a GoFundMe to make it all possible. And, I’ll be sure to make another video to share with you all!

Thank you for your support and Merry Christmas!

And this one from Tuesday in case you missed it:

Thank you so much for your help! We have been overwhelmed by the response. We are so grateful for all of the people who have shared. Thanks to you, we were able to connect with the right people and we got the name of the nurse. Sadly, we learned that she passed away years ago from cancer. Of course we were very devastated to hear this news. But we still very much want to get in contact with her family so we can thank them. We have pictures of her and we would love to share more of her story, but we want to connect with her family first and make sure they are comfortable with us sharing what we know. We are also hoping to make a trip down to Texas sometime before Christmas. Thanks to all of your shares, we have gotten in contact with a few doctors, nurses, and paramedics who helped us. We would love to do a reunion in Texas with them. If we can make it down there, we will film another video so you all can see it! Please continue sharing the video because more and more of the people that saved our family 17 years ago are reaching out. In the meantime, we’ll keep you updated on what we learn! Our website is down right now because of the high volume of traffic. We are working on getting it back up. You can stay updated by signing up on our email list here.

Merry Christmas!

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