Road to Recovery — Dawn’s Journal Part III

This post is the last of three excerpts from a journal article written by Dawn Ehasz — the mother of Bailey Ehasz whom I wrote about in the post titled Road to Recovery. The journal describes Dawn’s thoughts and feelings as well as medical facts about events that occurred after the driver of a Ford F-150 nearly killed her daughter. In addition to excerpts from the journal, this post contains emailed comments from Dawn. To read the previous posts from Dawn’s journal, click here for Post I and here for post II. If you have questions for Dawn, please contact her directly. If you do not use Facebook, and you would like to contact Dawn, send your questions for her in the Contact form on my blog. I will contact Dawn for you.

The following information covers the time between Bailey’s admission to Seashore House as an outpatient and today.


Dawn and Bailey

Due to an insurance decision rather than a medical decision, Bailey was released from the CHOP Sea Shore House as an inpatient in late September 2009. However, Bailey was admitted to the CHOP Sea Shore House (a.k.a. “day hospital”) on the following Monday. At the day hospital, she continued to receive physical, occupational, speech, and cognitive therapy from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday for approximately two years.

Of course there were up’s and downs, but we faced and overcame them, and then continued along the path of recovery. She had already surpassed all expectations of the medical staff. She is an inspiration to our family.

Today she walks unassisted with a limp. Who wouldn’t have a residual limp given the size and nature of her fracture?

Bailey is no longer an outpatient of the Sea Shore House – once again, an insurance decision rather than a medical decision. Even though she is no longer an outpatient, Bailey does her own therapy at home to strengthen her right arm. She also plays brain games on Lumosity, and she solves Sudoku puzzles to exercise her brain. Bailey also reads or listens to books-on-tape for cognitive enrichment.

Bailey received tutoring while she was an outpatient, so she is on pace with the rest of her class. Since returning to school, Bailey has been an honor roll student in the regular education classes. She currently has a 3.5 grade point average.

She is a beautiful writer and aspires to be a great author. She often writes poetry about random things. She plans to study creative writing in college — possibly at Ursinus, West Chester, La Salle, Villanova , Temple, or Penn State. As of this moment, her top pick is Ursinus. Once in college, she will explore her options as to what she does next.

Years ago, the doctors said “she will never be able to . . . .” They were WRONG! My Bailey proved them wrong. I am proud of her.

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  1. Bailey has graduated high school and has begun her first year of college. She received an academic scholarship for Ursinus college. She lives on campus. Her first two weeks have been great. I’m so very proud of her strength and courage.

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