A day late getting this up (which, in blog-time, is akin to a decade — bear with me, kids, it’s been awhile) but believe it’s noteworthy enough to warrant highlighting, even beyond the strict confines of the newscycle. Besides, every time a Kenyan Marxist posts footage of Speaker Spray-Tan getting verklempt, an angel gets its wings.
Or something like that.
Anyway, best of luck in your recovery, and godspeed, Rep. Giffords.
Related: Mrs Polly at Rumproast (h/t):
The country is learning, along with Giffords’ family, that recovery from brain injury is complex, and deficient in traditional happy endings, even for people who, like Gabby, have the best of care. Brain-injured soldiers are returning in great numbers from Iraq and Afghanistan, to whatever the VA can offer, but brain-injured civilians face enormous obstacles to getting the rehab they need to face what will inevitably be an altered life.
Followers of this blog know that our own StrangeAppar8us* is now a member of the community of TBI sufferers. There is a great deal that can be done to help them, and so I hope that Gabrielle Giffords might find a new purpose in speaking for the people who don’t have access to the care she did, because while TBI means confronting some sobering realities, there is no good reason for the brain-injured not to recover as much of their abilities as possible.
We at CFLF extend our best wishes to StrangeAppar8us and the entire Rumproast crew. Please, if you can, donate to Rumproast’s Fundraiser for StrangeAppar8us.