Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can profoundly change the injured in personality and temperament, as well as physically and cognitively. Spouses bear the brunt of these changes to the point many feel like they’re living with a stranger.
Two experts, Dr. Lori Weisman, a psychotherapist and educator specializing in TBI, and Dr. Jeffrey Scott Kreutzer, a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, and the spouse of a TBI victim, Megan Horst, discuss the many ways life changes after an injury and what can help to get them through the ordeal. During the interview, Horst explains that in, “…February 2012, my husband flipped over the handlebars of his bicycle due to a mechanical failure on his bike, and he hit his head and sustained a traumatic brain injury.”
She continues, “He was in the hospital at Harborview for about ten weeks, and in a coma for the first few weeks of that. And then, sort of, emerging from the coma and adapting to new life after that.”
- Megan Horst, wife of TBI survivor
- Dr. Lori Weisman, psychotherapist and educator specializing in traumatic brain injuries
- Dr. Jeffrey Scott Kreutzer, Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine, and Director of VCU Traumatic Brain Injury Model System of Care