Originally Posted by Charge_7
And then there is mental illness caused by disease or accident as well. My brother had a brain aneurism. The doctor who performed the surgery completely
it up. We're fighting the lawsuit now. My brother wound up having half his cerebelum removed and has great difficulty with motor control and short term memory, but his long term memory is unimpaired. Most amazingly of all is his attitude. He is, if anything, a warmer and more easy to get along with person than he was before. He takes his loss in stride and speaks about working to get better and he actually has gotten much better since the surgery. For seven months he was on a resperator and we thought we'd lose him. Now he gets around with the aid of a walker, but still has a great deal of difficulty swallowing. I despise the people who stare at him and turn their heads in disgust when I take him someplace. There but for the grace of God go any of us.
The brain is an amazing part of our bodies. It tells us who we are, how we are, and blesses us with memories. My prayers are with your Brother and he seems to have the pure tenacity and guts to beat this thing. To hell with those who have never had to go through for a minute what he suffers with every day.
Thanks very much SilverPhoenix, I appreciate it. As for Linda, my wife, I talked with her when I was pretty bad off about understanding if she put me in care and went on with life. It made her mad and sorry for me at the same time and she let me know pretty quick that she was with me for the long haul.