Kick It With Donna episode 57 – Gratefulness Lives!: I’m Grateful to be a Fighter
My guest today is Bob Gray. Bob suffers from a TBI that happened in his home. He climbed a ladder and fell 16 feet. He hit his head and was knocked unconscious. Bob’s sixteen year old daughter found him and immediately called 911. Her quickness probably saved his life.
McKinney Fire and EMS raced him to the hospital. He was then flown to Parkland Hospital where they were more equipped to deal with his injury.
Part of Bob’s skull was removed to relieve pressure on the brain and he was in a coma for three weeks. It took Bob two and a half months to recognize anyone. He spent six months at Pate (in-house rehab facility).
Through counseling sessions, he was diagnosed with PTSD. Prior to his injury, he was a captain for the Arlington County Virginia Fire Department. His job took him to the Pentagon when 9/11 happened. The things Bob saw and experienced were not pleasant. Those memories never left his mind. The counseling he received because of his PTSD helped him find a more conducive place to store them.
Bob is thankful for his family. His passion going forward is to help others. He is writing a book that will be published in March 2019.