Just to give you a quick update, Matt Isenberg is doing well. He was accepted into an intense 30 day rehab program a few months ago that made a huge impact. The program took a very small number of aphasia patients from the entire country and was here in Chicago. Thanks to all the funds that were raised, the $25,000 cost for the program did not prevent him from being accepted as it did for many others. His communication improved dramatically. He now takes the train downtown everyday for his therapy and I received a call from him over the weekend to discuss real estate investing, something he and I discussed often prior to the incident. While you still have to work to understand him sometimes and he won’t ever be back to what he was, he is doing better than many of us imagined last fall, or even seeing where he was at earlier this year. Thanks again for your help and support.
This update (November 10, 2011) is for all the close friends and family who generously reached out to help Matt…..
Upon arriving in Carbondale it became clear to Megan and Mrs. Isenberg that the facility understated their ability to handle his unique physical situation (exposed skull). They were not able to provide him with the constant supervision they originally stated. Between that and their overstatement of his individual therapy vs. group therapy, the family decided to bring him back to Chicago and enroll him in outpatient and in-home therapy. Megan is caring for him at home until the doctors are able to replace the two skull fragments and improve his fragility. Those surgeries are scheduled to occur this month. He is commuting to an outpatient center for therapy as well as receiving in-home help. Without your help this wouldn’t have been possible. The funds raised have enabled Meg to seek specialized help here locally, which would not have been possible out of pocket. The good news in this whole ordeal is that Matt is with Megan and the children, which has been a positive for the kids and for Matt’s overall morale. He is very happy to be around the kids and back in the familiarity of his home. The therapy is definitely helping too. Conversations are increasing and there is definitely improvement in his communication skills. We have accomplished our short term goals (next 12-18 months). Hopefully his situation will stabilize and enable Megan to go back to work in that window. We are constantly monitoring the developments and will react if things deviate from plan.
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The Foundation for Community Betterment PO Box 358 Arnold, MD 21012 attn: Matt Isenberg Fund