Sunday, May 27, 2012

Brain Injury--Adults

We've been seeing and hearing quite a bit in the local Seattle press lately about adults with head injuries.  Specifically, James Foster, a young man from Puyallup who was beaten after complimenting a man on his car.  The brain damage is apparently permanent, although no reports specifically say anything one way or the other about hydrocephalus.  We would like to extend our moral support to the Foster family and let them know that if they would like to come to our meeting (June 16th is our next meeting, from 12:45 pm to 3:00 pm at Swedish Hospital's Cherry Hill Campus, 17th & Jefferson, in the Casey Room), they are more than welcome.

We've also been hearing the latest in the story of Christopher Harris, who was slammed against a wall a couple of years ago, by a Sheriff's deputy.  Like Mr. Foster, Mr. Harris' life was forever changed because of his head injury.  Not only were these men's lives changed, so were those of their families and friends.  These were preventable injuries, recieved through no fault of their own, except being someone else's victim.

These are just two cases getting attention right now.  Again, families, friends & caregivers are welcome to attend our meetings, although we do specifically talk about living with hydrocephalus.

Monday, May 21, 2012

May 2012 Meeting

The May meeting was very informative and we had a lot of fun--as usual.  We discussed the Charlie Rose Brain series.  I really want to buy it!

We also had a great conference call with one of our members on the east coast.  It was great talking with her.

We have also been discussing doing some additional outreach to caregivers, particularly parents--both those with lots of experience dealing with hydrocephalus, as well as other brain issues.  Recently, a young man in Puyallup, Washington received a TBI after being assaulted.  He is now in rehab, but has had life altering brain trauma.  I haven't heard if hydro is part of his TBI or not.

As always, I'm looking for more 'stuff' to include in the 2013 Brain Awareness Open House exhibit.

Unfortunately, we didn't get to meet a couple of new folks as we had hoped this month.  Maybe at the June meeting.

Can't believe that we are almost to June already!