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Today we are celebrating our annual thank you party for all of Michelle’s aides and therapists and their families. We are so grateful for all of their help.

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Happy 36th birthday to my darling daughter. It’s now been almost 15 years since she was hit by a car and we are so thankful every day to still have her with us. She works so hard every day in her therapies and always brings a smile to everyone who comes into contact with her. What a treasure!

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This might help you to understand a little better some of the changes that occur with brain injury both for the individual and the family.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/hardtalk/9769816.stm#?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

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Throughout Michelle’s journey in rehabilitation facilities she was constantly denied therapy because it had been deemed that she had “plateaued” meaning she was not making sufficient progress. As a result it was decided that more therapy was futile and therapy was discontinued. Finally, there is recognition that therapy is important for maintenance. Let’s hope private insurance companies follow the lead of Medicare.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/24/opinion/a-humane-medicare-rule-change.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20121024&_r=0

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Let me tell you a story. When my daughter was hit by a car while attending college in Chicago she was taken to Cook County Hospital, a county hospital and the nearest trauma 1 hospital. In the neuro ICU with my daughter was the daughter of the woman who ran the elevator at the hospital. Upon discharge, my daughter went to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, one of the best in the country. The daughter of the elevator operator went to the county rehab facility. A year later I was back in Chicago and visited the hospital. I recognized the elevator operator and asked her how her daughter was doing. She told me that she had passed. She had choked on her mucus in the county rehab and died.

When we discuss access to health care we need to recognize that if someone is rushed to an acute care hospital they will get the same care whether they have insurance or do not. In fact, in the case of trauma, you want to go to a county hospital because they have the most experience in dealing with trauma. However, once you leave the acute care facility care depends on insurance. Too often we focus on our technological successes but people more often die of bed sores, infections, poor nursing care, improper medication, etc. Here’s where the real discrepancies in health care lie.

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Michelle’s surgery went very well. She’s in a splint and will be in a cast for three more weeks. Thanks for all your support and prayers and thanks to the wonderful staff at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-19268791#?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

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