I started this blog on 11 November 2013, the day Pádraig and I got ready to leave Ireland for Germany. Pádraig had been hit by 4.3-ton van on 27 June 2013, at around 10am, on Rt.6A, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA. He acquired a severe brain injury (ABI) and has been in a coma since, although showing sign of minimal consciousness. Following two and a half weeks in Cape Cod Hospital, Hyannis, an air ambulance had brought him to Dublin where he arrived on 15 July. Over the coming months, we became deeply immersed into Beaumont’s frontline. We learned, how the Irish health system is working at a time of cuts, scandals, and disillusionment at every level of care and therapy. We learned, how people with acquired brain injury are treated. After nearly four month in a six bedroom High Dependency Unit (HDU), with the prospect of remaining there for another nine months, until one of the three beds available in Ireland and suitable for Pádraig would become available in the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) in Dun Laoghaire, we decided it was time to leave.
Everything in the blog is my own, very personal experience and opinion of what has been happening to us since that morning on 11 November 2013. But I think a lot of what has been happening to us is far from being unique. Therefore, I hope it will shed some light on how different health systems deal with ABI. I am usually writing the blog at the end of a long day of work and hospital visits, with a bit of driving and shopping thrown in. While I am trying, I am usually so tired that I find it impossible to re-read what I have written, I just fall asleep on top of the keyboard, so mistakes might slip in which, I hope, you will excuse.
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Christine Barnes said:
Nothing stays the same, and the wheels of life keep turning! Onwards and upwards is the path! X
Alexandra und Familie said:
wir kennen uns kaum doch deine Schwester hat mir von eurem Schiksal erzählt.Wir wünschen euch allen ganz viel Hoffung und Kraft.
Viele liebe Grüße aus Vinsebeck/germany Alexandra Kleine
Vielleicht sehen wir uns am samstag dem 18.04.15
Hallo Alexandra, vielen Dank für die lieben Grüße und guten Wünsche! Ich würde mich auch freuen, wenn wir uns bald einmal sehen wúrden! – Reinhard
Darren Farrell said:
I came across this blog earlier this morning. I am not sure what I even want to write to be honest except that I was touched by this story on so many levels this morning. Obviously I haven’t read the whole story yet but I fully intend on doing so. I would like to make contact with you Reinhard to discuss a fundraising option. In the meantime I will continue to read your story and wish you and your family the very best!