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my 32 year old daughter has sffered an anoxic brain injury, how can I help her

By Anonymous April 21, 2011 - 7:16pm
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my daughter died from a cocaine overdose, from the time the police and paemedics arrived on the scene and she arrived at the hospital 25 minutes had elapsed,the doctors at the er revived her . This happened 1 year ago on Jan. 4th,2010.She was at RIC for 5 weeks but didn't progress fast enough to warrant keeping her.She is now at a nursing home and recieving no rehab what so ever. Lexi would talk from time to time but hasn't spoken any intelligable words in about 6 weeks but stll follows commmands. Where can I get more help for her?

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Hi Cody,
My mom's residency doctor never do the"Steroids and other medications may be used to reduce the swelling that accompanies injured brain tissue. This may help limit the amount of damage to the brain. The doctor will also increase the amount of oxygen reaching the brain." but let her lay there on her bed. They only have EEG on her and says anoxic brain injury as initial prognosis. They only give her Keptra for seisure and do nothing more. It has been a month and a half. Her eyes are rolling without responding to me.

September 23, 2013 - 6:28pm

I would sure like to get ahold of you as I have a similar situation...it is so heartbreaking and we can benefit from each other.
Take Care Deb

March 8, 2012 - 1:25pm
HERWriter Guide

Hi Anonymous

Thanks for your question and I'm very sorry you and your daughter are going through this.

Here is some information about the treatments used for this kind of brain injury:

Initial Treatment
Treatment of anoxic brain damage depends on the cause. Initially, barbiturates may be used to slow down brain activity. Steroids and other medications may be used to reduce the swelling that accompanies injured brain tissue. This may help limit the amount of damage to the brain. The doctor will also increase the amount of oxygen reaching the brain. Efforts to cool the brain may also be used to help limit brain damage. In addition, hyperbaric oxygen treatment may be used in cases of anoxia due to carbon monoxide poising.

During rehabilitation, you and your family will work with:

■Physical therapist—helps retrain motor skills, such as walking
■Occupational therapist—works on improving daily skills, such as dressing and going to the bathroom
■Speech therapist—works on language problems
■Neuropsychologist—counsels on behavior and emotional issues related to the injury

Recovery can take months, or even years. In many cases, full recovery is never achieved. In general, the sooner rehabilitation starts, the better the outcome.

Your doctor may have you take the following medications:

■Anti-epileptic medications—to treat ongoing seizures
■Clonazepam (eg, Klonopin)—to treat muscle jerks

You can read a lot more on our special Anoxic Brain Injury page here: http://www.empowher.com/condition/anoxic-brain-injury

For additional information, read this article: http://www.empowher.com/anoxic-brain-injury/content/what-are-treatments-brain-injury

The fact that your daughter is not getting any kind of therapy at all is very worrisome. Most nursing homes have physical therapy programs - why is she not in one of these? Is she simply in bed all day?

Have your heard of stem cell treatments for anoxic brain injuries? We have talked with a parent of an adult child (also age 32) who was considering this. You can read her story here: http://www.empowher.com/community/ask/my-son-32-years-old-and-suffered-anoxic-brain-injury-last-year-there-stem-cell-treatme

Nursing homes have quarterly Plans of Care (POC) meetings where next of kin need to be contacted in order to invite them to the meetings. Have you attended these? Have you checked your daughters charts?

You are within your rights to call a meeting with the members of your daughters Plan of Care. I think this is a very good idea so you can sit down and talk about therapy for your daughter, something she should have been receiving from the get-go.

I hope this has helped you and please keep in touch with us!

April 22, 2011 - 8:17am
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Anonymous (reply to Susan Cody)

Hi Cody,
Where can i find stem cell treatment for adult with anoxic brain injury?

September 23, 2013 - 7:10pm
HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon

This is something the patient needs to discuss with his/her specialist.



September 25, 2013 - 12:02pm
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