This is a list of my injuries: I had a bruised and swollen left eye (probably from hitting the scaffolding), luckily the actual eye orbit was bloodshot but ok. A nasal fracture that looked old, a fractured right ileum and a fractured right sacrum (hip bones), 3 cracked ribs on my left side, both lungs […]
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.
On the 4th of July, 2011, I was taken outside in a wheelchair with my mother and some friends. It was a very nice day. I practiced propelling myself moving the foot rests of my wheelchair out of the way and scooting myself forward. I was in an uphill battle with atrophy. I needed to […]
Pretty, isn’t it? This clip keeps me from from leaking stomach juices. One year ago today, On June 28th, 2011, I had a PEG tube placed. My NG tube “slipped out” on the 26th, and I had no nutrition for 26 hours! A PEG tube replaced a more temporary NG tube by bypassing everything and […]
One year ago today marked the beginning of when I could no longer speak. I had my tracheostomy done. Again, a tracheostomy is a medical procedure where a tube was inserted underneath the stenosis into my trachea. This was done surgically. The tracheostomy served to basically bypass the portion of my throat that was […]
I don’t know about you, but I don’t see me behind those eyes. I arrived at Mount Sinai’s TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) Ward on the 20th of June, 2011. Again, I couldn’t walk or eat at this point. My hand was in “the claw” position, my foot in the ballerina position (drop foot), I had […]
See how my left foot does not move. My foot was stuck in this position for months. It took a lot of work to get it and my hand somewhat functional again. On June 15, 2011 I worked with a physical therapist for the first time. She made me cover or close my eyes and […]
I was coming off of some serious drugs: morphine, anesthesia, and steroids! I was out of my mind. I vaguely remember seeing all of the tubes protruding from my body and not knowing what was going on but knowing that whatever it was… It wasn’t good. On June 11th 2011, I ripped out any tube […]
Do you have any idea what I’m saying? I can make out some kinda jargon like “Hi…… Help…. I… Thanks for coming… I didn’t really mean to let you guys think about… Thank you.” I was extubabted successfully for the second time on June 10th, 2011. This video was shot right after I came to […]
Sent: Tue, Jun 7, 2011 9:03 pm Subject: Cavin Update Day 31 Hello all, I am sorry I haven’t updated you for such a long time… Things started getting pretty hairy last Wednesday (one week after he was transferred out of ICU) and I have been at full tilt ever since. I have had a […]
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. […]
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 […]
Cavin’s brain injury journey is astounding. His experiences and accomplishments since returning from the brink of death are incredible!
Dr. Leonard PressPress Vision
Cavin takes you on a captivating journey of challenging experiences that leads to an amazingly successful recovery. Cavin is a remarkable person who conveys a remarkable message in each of his talented motivational speeches.
Chip Howe, M.A.Mary lee Foundation
Cavin is wonderfully articulate and takes you through his long rehabilitation journey which involves expert medical care, intense family support, and several ingenious therapy procedures.
Susan R. Barry, Ph.DFixing My Gaze
I’ve never heard a more superb and comprehensive combination of humor, courage, and integration of knowledge on how a patient with traumatic brain injury has put his life back together.
Dr. Curtis R. BaxstromNeuro-optometric Rehabilitation Association