Doc is wrapping up his treatment, today he met with one of his doctors and discussed his recommendations. Now, these doctors don't get to decide what happens to Doc but they send their recs to Doc's chain of command and he goes from there.
They had been talking about where we are now and where we need to be. If we had to drive 3 hours just to see a doctor for TC imagine how far we would have to go for someone who specialized in brain injuries...just an audiologist for him (which he would need to see at least weekly) is 5 hours away - each way. They had talked about a compassionate reassignment where he would work with a guard unit in MA which would be ideal, he could get set up with the doctors that he could stick with for the years to come. No matter what we thought we had time. Doc would come home and go back to work while we figure everything out. Today a bomb was dropped that neither of us expected.
It is being recommended that Doc not return to work, like ever.
I guess the main reason is because he will need to be in some sort of treatment every day for the foreseeable future. He wont be able to work if he can't be here. So now we don't know what is going to happen or when. If this is for real could we be out of Yuma before the new year? I've never even heard or this before. His command will make the ultimate decision and we are blessed that his bosses are interested in doing what is best for Doc and our family. There is a chance we could be sent somewhere to a WTU (Warrior Transition Unit) which I firmly believe would crush Doc's spirits, maybe even kill his spirits.
I've felt like I've be punched in the gut all day. I was so emotional, I hate that I was 3000 miles away when Doc got this news. He is a proud man, this must have killed him. I am still pretty pissed, had he not been dismissed when his injuries started presenting how many of these issues could have been avoided? He was treated like shit from the moment he realized that something was really wrong. Now look at us.
He has his final meetings tomorrow, I am interested in hearing everything they have to say. I wish I could be there, it kills me that I'm not.
So nuts, could this all be over just as fast as it began? Army life that is, unfortunately the TBI is with us to stay.