a lasting impression…
Most of the Vision Therapy blogs I follow have been relatively quiet of late. Proof positive that for those of us that who predominantly treat the school aged, the approaching summer break provides an excellent time to complete a Vision Therapy program, and we are all at our busiest. Great news!
Luckily, the efficacy of Vision Therapy is not confined to only adolescents, and reaches far beyond into adulthood. One adult I met recently is a 40 year old woman who suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury. It’s almost becoming cliche to me, but like so many TBI sufferers before her, she simply was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Upon reviewing her case report, the details of her accident were vague. The basic explanation was that she was a competitive cyclist who had taken a spill in the grass, and despite her protective helmet, was briefly knocked unconscious. Following her accident, her functional exam with her GP was pretty straight forward; however, a referral was made to our office as a precautionary measure simply to identify any perceptual inadequacies that may have arisen afterwards. Seemed simple enough. The takeaway message based on the paperwork shared with our office was that our patient was in a bike accident where she fell on the grass – her GP wanted to have everything checked – but the consensus seemed to be that she was really OK.
That message was wrong.
Before you read the rest of this post, please click the link below and watch the 31 second clip. As you watch the video, notice two parts: First, the condition red bicycle; and second, the damage to the car. When the video completes, the “BACK” button will bring you here to finish reading.
Turns out, the information not in the case history was the most important. My patient was actually hit by a car while riding her bike, and thrown some 20 feet in the air, landing unconsciously on the grass beside the road. The mangled red bicycle was hers (the car ran it over during the collision), and the damage to the car was caused by the impact with her body. Following the accident, my patient was in a coma for 2 weeks, endured individual surgeries to repair a shattered tibia, a shattered pelvis, the fusing two of her cervical vertebrae, multiple skin grafts to repair road rash (some down to the bone), and had a rod inserted during femur replacement. She also has scars from a breathing tube at the base of her neck, and a feeding tube in the abdomen. Suddenly the take home message seems much different. This lady is lucky to be alive.
The information in the above paragraph was shared by my patient during our first meeting. Remarkably and amazingly, she not only lived to tell about her accident, she is walking, talking and suffered very few neurological deficits following her head injury. Currently living in a halfway house while she recovers physically, she is working to pass her driving test soon, get a job, and fully rejoin society in the very near future. She hopes Vision Therapy can help with that, and so do I.
And in case you missed it, the driver of the car was swerving to miss a small empty box blowing in the road – and hit two people. Seems like a fair trade. Insert your own appalling comments here…