Pre-injury StatusOur first case study involves a 19-year-oldpatient who is not working. She did not finishhigh school but was working on completingher high school exam. She drove a car andhad many friends.She was involved in a lot of social activities.She lived with a boyfriend for some timebut recently returned to live with herfamily when the relationship ended.She was completely independentand did not have any relevantpre-existing conditions.
Present ConditionShe spends two days a week in anoutpatient therapy center.Her reading is at the level of an 8 year old.She can do some addition and subtraction.She is living at home with her family. Shewill go out but clearly much less thanbefore the accident and never alone.
Present ConditionShe can do most of the normal dailyactivities like bathing, grooming, dressingand putting on make-up herself.Although she feels she can be left alonefor the day, her family members disagree.They do not want to leave her for longerthan a couple of hours at the most forfear she will become anxious or harmherself or forget to take her medication.
Present ConditionShe cannot drive a car. And although sheclaims to be able to handle a taxi or bus, sheis unable to write down her full address.She does not complain about anyremaining symptoms or about additionalstrain or discomfort.Her family members say she iseasily distracted and has greattrouble concentrating.
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