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Debunking Ten Myths of (TBI) “Recovery”?

Click on the red link above to the “10 myths of Head-Injury”.  The Ten Myths of “Recovery” after head injury is thought provoking. Take the time to review all 10 myths of head-injury. These same myths can be applied to anyone dealing with chronic illness or any illness. It identifies what happens inside our healthcare system and how it actually affects the family.

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The 10 myths of Head-Injury

DEBUNKING TEN MYTHS OF “RECOVERY”
~from CH2 “The Nature of Head Injury” by Thomas Kay, Ph.D. and Muriel Lezak, Ph.D., the book is entitled “Traumatic Brain Injury and Vocational Rehabilitation”, Published by The Research and Training Center, University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Myth #1: The Concept of “Recovery”
Throughout this chapter we avoid such phrases as “recovery after head injury,” There is a reason for this. Most people’s experience, and therefore expectations, regarding illness and injury is one of temporary reduction in functioning, followed by a gradual return to normalcy. People get sick, go to hospital, and get better. Bones are broken, casts applied for a period, muscle strength regained over several months, and scars fade.

When commonplace notion of recovery is applied to head injury, however, considerable harm can be done. Almost never does a patient “recover;” the residual deficits are usually significant and permanent. The…

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To my last patient…and the last of my patience! Part 2 of 4

This is part 2 of 4 on the letter I wrote to my last patient after the assault as a Registered Nurse on a Neurology-Head Injury Rehabilitation Unit in Northeast Ohio October 30, 1991.  In part 1 of 4 I included the table of contents for this letter.  This letter was retyped March, 2008 but otherwise has never had revisions.  It gives good insight into what was happening inside the healthcare system, and how I perceived the individual who assaulted myself and other healthcare professionals. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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General and simple tips for handling and taking medications Part 2 of 4

Allergies-Make a list of all your allergies.  The list of allergies should include both medication allergies and food allergies. DO NOT take any medications you are allergic to.  Usually the most serious allergic reaction occurs when you take the medication for the second time.  This can be life threatening. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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To my last patient…and the last of my patience! Part 1 of 4

This letter was written in 1993, a little over a year after my injury.  This letter details not only what was happening to me shortly after brain injury, but what was happening inside the healthcare system.  The information is accurate and correct as supported by documentation.  It has been retyped, but no other revisions exist. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Were you lead to believe you have a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury mTBI? Maybe or maybe not?

Too often we hear about the term Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and wonder why it is called “mild” because those struggling with it find it’s not “mild” at all. However, those individuals that are plagued by ongoing symptoms and regardless how hard they try seem unable to overcome them.  Is this because they really don’t have mTBI and have the other diagnosis that is linked with mTBI and ongoing symptoms that is not publicized?  Would it help if you knew it had a different name and work in a different manner to overcome all the issues at hand? Read the rest of this entry »

 

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General and simple tips for handling and taking medications Part 1 of 4

Millions of medications are prescribed daily.  Here are simple tips for medications and other key ideas to keeping you healthy. Did you ever go for a medical appointment and you hardly understood what the healthcare professional was telling you?  What?

Here I will try to close the gap on the basic things everyone should know about medications.  Read the rest of this entry »

 

Surprising Concussion Myths and Facts from Science Daily 03.29.2012

Small overview of basic information regarding concussions from Science Daily:

Surprising Concussion Myths and Facts

ScienceDaily (Mar. 29, 2012) — Suppose your son or daughter has just been brought home from an athletic field with a concussion, complains of being tired and wants to go to sleep. Should you let that happen? Read the rest of this entry »

 
 
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