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TRAUMA RECOVERY Robert Silverman When Dr Bob Doman suggested that I write a section for his book I was a bit puzzled Write something about attitude Dr Bob suggested Now that word didnt seem adequate but we failed to come up with a better one Yet it is really attitude that has driven me to do this rigorous neurological program for nearly seven years and very successfully I might add Actually whatever arms you with enough fortitude to continue in the midst of despair is surely the right attitude Let me familiarize you with my case In 1976 I was struck by a car that sped through a red light I was crossing the street where I shouldnt have and failed to look My life would change in that instant I was struck at 50 MPH and landed head first on the cement roadway I was rushed to an emergency room Both legs were broken An orthopedic surgeon performed a fine series of operations and saved both legs At one point gangrene had infected the left leg and it was about to be amputated My orthopedic surgeon however insisted that they wait Luckily they did and the gangrene disappeared I was not to learn until much later that the decision that would save my leg would eventually play a large part in my ability to do these exercises and save my life make my brain well When I awoke from the coma I was in a neurological ward Yet I barely knew that I did not know where I was or what had happened to me I felt that something big had happened It felt as if ten sandbags lay on top of my head That feeling was from hydrocephalus that wasnt to be detected or even tested for in twenty months of conventional treatment Everything was very dark and what I could make out was in
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