Hi my name is Christopher Love. In 2014 I was on a vacation with a friend and her daughter. We were on our way to her sister’s house in Florida. On the way there unfortunately the car rolled over by Santa Rosa, New Mexico. The truck driver behind us saw it happen and called for help. Thankfully her daughter only received bruises from the seat belt in the car seat, my friend received a spinal fracture (which she has recovered from), and I received a Traumatic Brain Injury. They airlifted us back to the University of New Mexico’s Hospital in Albuquerque, NM.
While there I received a neurosurgery to stop the bleeding of the brain. They also removed a portion of my skull to relieve the pressure. I was a patient there for a little over a month. After that I was transferred over to Canyon Transitional Rehabilitation Home for another month. Then I was transferred to Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colorado. I received two neurosurgeries while there to replace the section of my skull and install a programmable shunt. I went through Speech, Occupational, and Physical Therapies. I made tremendous progress in each of those, learning to talk again, gross motor skills, and exercises. I was there for another two months. After that I transferred again to Quality Living Inc. in Omaha, Nebraska. While there I again went through Physical, Speech, and Occupational Therapy. During that period I started to walk again, stopped using a wheelchair, and went through other big changes. I was out of there after a little over two months, so it was a total of over six months that I was an Inpatient.
After QLI I went back to Albuquerque, NM and started Outpatient Therapy. I did Occupational and Physical therapy at HealthSouth Hospital in 2014 and 2015. In 2015 I started going to Speech Therapy at the University Of New Mexico Hospital. While doing Outpatient Therapy I went to school and started volunteering in the medical records department of HealthSouth to learn a new career. Previously I had done a lot of household remodeling but I had issues with my balance and other issues so I couldn’t do that anymore. While in Occupational Therapy they had me doing the nine hole peg test to help with fine motor skills. I thought if I had one of those to practice on while at home it would help to improve my time and score on the test. I looked online to try and find one that I could buy to practice with. Unfortunately they were all more expensive than I could afford to purchase. Knowing my previous experience in work my Occupational Therapist said I should try making one to practice on. I had an entire garage full of tools just taking up space, so I thought I would attempt that. It took a few different tries and different ways of doing it, but I finally came up with one that I liked and met the standardized dimensions of the one that I was doing in therapy. I took it in to show my therapist what I had been doing and what I had come up with. She liked it. She said that if I got a business license they would buy them from me.
It took a little while but I got one of those and started selling them to therapists around town. Eventually I opened an Etsy Shop and started selling those and a couple of other hand therapy tools online. I want to make them more affordable for people in a similar situation to the one I was in. My Occupational Therapist asked if I was able to make an Action Research Arm Test. I said I was willing to try and made one that met the standardized dimensions for that test. HealthSouth bought it! I am working with other disabled people now making different varieties of tools to help with fine motor skills. We are always looking for other products to make as well. I also work with the local community of brain injury survivors. We run an open mic night for them and friends and family. My name is Christopher Love and my business is Theravices LLC. Welcome to my website and if you have any questions for us our phone number is 505-252-6142 and our email is firstname.lastname@example.org. I would really appreciate any questions or views.
I would like to thank everyone that I worked with! Thank you so very much, from the bottom of my heart! Thanks to everyone that helped out I have received a second chance at life! Thank you for taking the time to read my story!