Episode 22 – Cavin Balaster Cavin is the man. And I mean that in the legit way not the School of Rock way. In 2011, he fell from 20 feet from a rooftop water tower, immediately losing consciousness, and suffering a diffuse axonal injury. Initially he was in pretty bad shape, without the ability to […]Read more "Episode 22 – Cavin Balaster"
Brandon was involved in a car accident on the evening of July 3rd, 2007, in which he, and two other passengers were hit from behind from another driver. Upon examination at OHSU, he was given a less than 5% chance of surviving through the night. Of course, Brandon is a warrior. He did not die. […]Read more "Episode 21 – Brandon Scarth"
Joan and John are a delight. Witty, rambunctious, and sincere are just a few adjectives I could use to describe them. Nearly 20 years ago, they were hit by a drunk driver in Utah while on a business trip. Her recovery, like most, was not without its roadblocks and breakthroughs. Sometimes she needed the help […]Read more "Episode 20- Joan and John Miller"
Kate Robinson is a brain injury survivor who was involved in a plane accident in her high school years. She experienced retrograde amnesia after the accident occurred. Her story is incredible so I won’t say anything more, besides what she has accomplished since. Kate ended up finishing high school, graduating college with a degree in […]Read more "Episode 19- Kate Robinson"
Cheryl Green, where do I begin…Cheryl is a fellow Portlandianite who has suffered many brain injuries over her journey through life. If you were the manager at a…I don’t know, a UPS store, and she was…I don’t know…passionate about delivering boxes, she might bring in a resume that says she has a Masters of both […]Read more "Episode 18- Cheryl Green"
DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor nor do I intend to play one on the internet. When attempting to answer the concussion, “what is a concussion?” the answers are many and high variable. Here are some definitions from respected sources: CDC: “A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI—caused by a bump, blow, […]Read more "How to explain your concussion to others with SCIENCE"
Dr. Johnny Delashaw is a neurosurgeon from up here in the Great Northwest. He was born in a small town in the southwest corner of the state of Washington, then began his journey all around the country, from California to Virginia to Florida, in order to pursue his passion of becoming a neurosurgeon. He has […]Read more "Episode 17- Dr. Johnny Delashaw"
Matthew Gosney is a former Navy Seal who was involved in (among other things) an explosion that shattered his jaw (also among other things) requiring that a surgeon put 6 titanium bolts into said jaw. Needless to say, this explosion resulted in a traumatic brain injury for Matthew. Upon returning to college after his deployment […]Read more "Episode 16- Matthew Gosney (PG)"
Andrew Marr is a retired Special Forces Green Beret, who retired after just under 10 years of service. Throughout these years, Andrew served as an explosives engineer. Needless to say he was exposed to intense explosions on a regular basis. Unfortunately, Andrew began experiencing concussion symptoms once he returned from combat. Thus, the onset of […]Read more "Episode 15 – Andrew Marr (PG-13)"
I am in traffic, my patient is in the back, quiet, possibly hungry, possibly incontinent, but sick of car rides. I round the corner down the hill from the hospital and am greeted by a coagulation of vehicles parked on the road. Briefly I think construction, next I think accident, then I look at the […]Read more "Make someone else’s day make your day by making their day better than your day initially was"