I read the book In an Instant: A Family's Journey of Love and Healing by Lee and Bob Woodruff. Bob is a reporter for ABC news, covering the war in Iraq. While in Iraq Bob was hit my an IED (improvised explosive device) and in an instant their lives would be changed. In that instant Bob sustained a traumatic brain injury, damaging his left temporal lobe and shattering the temporal bone. This book takes a look at how a TBI impacts the occupations of the patient and the family. The book walks through the events surrounding the attack, medical interventions and procedures that Bob undergoes, and the history of Bob and Lee.
Bob and Lee's extended family and friends played a huge role in Bob's recovery. Bob was rarely left alone while he was in a coma, someone was almost always at his bedside talking to him about what had happened and that he was now okay. Their support system of family and friends also assisted Lee tremendously. People stepped in to care for their four children, provide food, transportation, and a stable adult in their house while Lee sat at Bob's bedside. Several of these individuals also offered emotional support directly to Lee during Bob's hospitalization.
After Bob wakes up from a 5 week coma he must relearn many areas of occupation. His biggest area of deficit are in the area of language and communication; he experiences periods of expressive aphasia, anomia, and agnosia. He also has problems with his balance, fatigue, and pain. Finally after Bob enters a rehab facility, Lee goes back home, juggling the day to day concerns of her family, Bob's therapy, the loss of what had been, and the new role she has taken on.
Woodruff, L. and Woodruff, B. (2008) In an Instant: A Familiy's Journel of Love and Healing. Random House, New York.