Louise takes us on the highs and lows of SCI rehab including her own internal tightrope walk and emotional balancing act as she wavered from the weight of worries that Archer was not seen as good enough in the eyes of the Shepherd Center. You’ll hear her practical preparations for high school kids making their first visit to see Archer in rehab, with special interviews of those kids as they reflect back reminding us of how a traumatic event impacts many in surprising ways. Pick up some tips for warding off hospital depression while Louise also reflects on careless statements of medical staff that cut deeply as she wrestles with speaking up or not. Listen in for the dramatic cliffhanger, and ready yourself for an extra special Trauma Healing Learning next week. Archer strong!
In this episode, you’ll hear interview excerpts from:
Mary McCune Dillon, one of the mighty Atlanta Angels and a dear college friend of Louise’s. Mary recalls the on the ground logistics of bringing Archer’s friends from Baltimore to see him in the hospital in Atlanta, and the conversations that took place in the car along the way.
Price Campbell, one of Archer’s dear friends from McDonogh School in Baltimore who was one of the first to come visit Archer in Atlanta. Hear about Price’s visit when she was just 16 years old to Archer’s hospital rehab room and what it was like to be part of the wave of their high school’s unending support of Archer’s recovery for the duration of the year he was away. Archer Strong!
Riley Thacker, one of Archer’s dear friends from McDonogh School. Hear Riley’s memories about visiting Archer in the hospital and how Archer’s classmates dedicated the Junior-year lounge to his battle for healing, and their battle cry to support him.
Blink of an Eye Podcast is sponsored by I C THAT — The Integrative Center for Trauma Healing, Advocacy and Transformation: a non-profit created as a national resource to help change the way we respond to Spinal Cord Injury to include trauma healing approaches for families and medical teams across the U.S. I C THAT provides a national team of SCI specialized doctors for expert opinions in the first hours of crisis, a Multidisciplinary Family Support & Navigation Team for SCI families lead by SCI families for the first 30 days of crisis, and a National Resource Library of trauma informed responses for the first hours and days after injury specialized for families, friends and SCI medical staff. I C THAT also offers a Registry of Medically Unexpected SCI Recoveries. I C THAT will host the inaugural conference The Science of Trauma: Hope for Trauma Healing November 3, 2022. To donate and find out more, visit www.ICTHAT.org.
Our theme music is by Victoria Vox.
Music in this episode is:
Emotional Piano Improvisation by Alexander Nakarada
Emotionalism by Alexander Nakarada
Calm Reflective Piano by MusicLFiles
Emotional Nostalgic by MusicLFiles
Ethereal Meditative Piano by MusicLFiles
Relaxing Meditation by Liron
Calm Meditation by MusicLFiles
Horizon Flare by Alexander Nakarada
Cinematic Background Sad by MusicLFiles
Poignant Meditative Piano by MusicLFiles
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