A Personal Perspective of Life Care Planning
This chapter focuses on the story of Anita Arrona. On September 7, 1987, Anita was returning home from visiting her boyfriend when a drunk driver hit her. By October 5, 1987, infected frontal lobe brain tissue was removed and a shunt was inserted to drain off excess fluid. Her injuries were profound and included open brain trauma, severe brain contusion of the left and right frontal lobes, supraorbital fractures of her left and right eyes, multiple blunt traumas to the chest, hydrocephalus, pleural effusion of the left lung, fractured right clavicle, and severe spasticity with minimal control of bodily functions. After 3 months and multiple surgeries, it became evident that Anita would never achieve independence, and the family's attorney retained the services of a life care planner to develop an outline of future expected care. Anita's journey since her injury in 1987 has involved many factors: family and friends, high moral standards and strong values, and a solid plan.