Three or four weeks after the traumatic brain injury, the patient may be feeling a lot better and ready for inpatient rehabilitation. There are still pains, a lot of them for some. Some patients would be craving for some wine and good food.
What to avoid
“Alcohol is not going to help you recover from your condition,” reminds Sean Entin, founder of Move2Improve Foundation. Entin suffered a life-threatening stroke a few years ago. He recovered from the stroke and has successfully regained his brain functions after undergoing in-patient rehabilitation and home health therapy.
“Alcohol,” Entin says, “is a neuro-killer.” During your recovery period, the TBI patient should be doing things that would heal his brain. Thus, drinking any form of alcohol or beer is not advised. Caffeinated drinks should also be avoided since.
Dealing with pain
If the patient is feeling pained, the best thing to do is to have some deep-tissue massage. Entin does not advice TBI patients to take pain medications. “These will not help you because they would simple block off the feeling of pain from your brain.”
During in-patient rehabilitation, the patient is on a routine schedule. Every 45 minutes, the patient will be meeting a different person. For instance, there will be sessions with various therapists—speech, occupational, and physical therapists.
The speech therapist would be handling the cognitive training. The communicative skills related to speech and language problems would be the focus of the training. That includes speech, writing, reading, and expression, which all aim both comprehension and communication. Teaching memory strategies are also included in the session.
Meanwhile, the physical therapist would help in the movement of the patient. Among the movements include getting in and out of bed, changing position in bed, sitting down, standing, walking, and using the wheelchair. Exercises and task-specific trainings are done to help improve the patient’s movement.
Lastly, the occupational therapist would train the patient in activities of daily living such as eating, bathing, getting dressed, and grooming.
Inpatient rehabilitation is designed to help TBI patients to improve their functions after TBI. Usually, physicians, nurses, and therapists make up the team that will help TBI patients to recover from their condition. Entin, founder of Move2Improve Foundation is a product of rehabilitation. He seeks to help people with TBI to utilize physical therapy, occupational therapy, and psychotherapy throughout their recovery process.