My husband is a medically inclined person, which explains why he pursued a degree a nuclear medicine for his follow-on career after retirement from the military. The thing that I enjoy most about his course major is that he shares a great deal of his knowledge with me. I think it will be nice having a medical professional around the house, especially when the kids fall and get hurt because he will be better able to assess their injuries.
Every time our kids get hurt or fall, he immediately checks them for signs of a concussion. He said that brain injury is one of the worst possible things that can happen to a human being due the affects it has on the body and the high level of expertise that is often required to correct it.
John's brother passed away a few years ago as a result of a brain injury. While navigating the stairs one night, he fell and struck his head. His injury caused internal bleeding which caused swelling on the brain which led to his death. The scary thing about brain injuries is that often times they go undetected until it is too late.
According to the Brain Injury Association of West Virginia, our state has approximately 700 deaths each year as a result of traumatic brain injury. Most of these deaths occur at the time of the injury or within two hours of hospitalization. Those which are fortunate enough to survive will most likely suffer from long term disabilities.
I feel that through proper awareness and training, organizations like this will be able to reduce these numbers over time and provide immediate assistant to families that are affected by this type of tragedy.