A video was taken by my mother on May 30th, 2011. I was originally extubated on May 20th after 12 days in a coma. I developed breathing problems and was put into an induced coma and emergency reintubated (life support) on Sat, June 4th. I don’t remember anything, including this video, in between those comas. […]
About Cavin Balaster
In 2011, I fell two stories, suffered a severe traumatic brain injury, and was comatose for 12 days. I was diagnosed with a diffuse axonal injury -- Approximately 90% of people with this type of injury never regain consciousness. After relearning to eat, walk, and talk, I began a journey to spread awareness about health and recovery.
May 20th, 2011 was a big day. This is a moving story for me, but I have no memory of it, so I’ll let my mom tell it: Sent: Fri, May 20, 2011 9:53 am Subject: Cavin Balaster Day 12 Well, Cavin woke up tonight…I spent the morning with him, then went out to run […]
The next email was written on the morning of Friday the 13th, 2011. Sent: Fri, May 13, 2011 7:09 am Subject: Cavin Update Friday May 13th Hi All, Just wanted to give you an update. When I arrived at the hospital yesterday, Cavin was restless and showing signs of arousal. I put my hand in […]
A full body CAT scan was done the day that I was admitted so that they could begin assessing my injuries. The first CAT scan showed that I had no signs of brain injury except a concussion. It showed that I had a fractured hip, broken tailbone, 3 broken ribs, a broken nose, concussion, lacerations […]
“It has been said, ‘time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.” -Rose Kennedy (Mother of John F Kennedy, died at age 104) So it is about time. It’s about time […]