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Laugher as brain injury medicine – Surprise party?

09 May

Laugh with us.  Brain injury survivors struggle with difficult times day in and day out.  Some of the crazy things that happens appear quite comical in retrospect.  The series of Laugher will help others understand that life is very different on a daily basis.

Laughter as Brain Injury Medicine #2

One evening our doorbell rang.  It was nice to have someone stop by briefly and unexpectedly.  As we sat and visited for a little while, the doorbell rang again.  Wow, I thought how wonderful to have some cheerful and loving friends come by.  Again, the doorbell rang.  Then again and again.

It was at that point the surprise was on us.  I was the instigator of this gathering and never even knew it.  I invited everyone over and didn’t remember I even asked anyone!  So, we pulled food out of the freezer and enjoyed our get-together.

Bet anyone couldn’t pull that off unless they have a brain injury!  So, this is as stress-free of a gathering that one could have. It’s like having your own surprise party, and truly being surprised!  We just enjoyed everyone with a no muss-no fuss attitude.

Moral of the story: I planned the party, and I was truly surprised. It actually is possible to plan your own surprise party! This is the true way of having stress-free party. This type of situation occurs frequently with survivors of brain injury.

 

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10 responses to “Laugher as brain injury medicine – Surprise party?

  1. heidirmoore

    May 10, 2012 at 2:10 am

    Love love love!!!

     
  2. Maria Tatham

    May 10, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Edie, if I could punch the ‘Like’ button twice I would! This is priceless and much more. Bless you for putting out there for us what it’s like for someone who continues to live with and suffer from TBI.
    I’m nominating you for the ‘Polyanna Club’…
    :0)
    Maria

     
    • brain injury self rehabilitation (BISR)

      May 10, 2012 at 8:34 pm

      I’m laughing just from your comment! It’s never a dull moment in this house…but at the time these things happen they aren’t funny, but laughing at ourselves later certainly helps. Glad to see others are laughing with us!

       
  3. Maria Tatham

    May 10, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Reblogged this on Christian fantasy for women and commented:
    Please read this funny post, which I’ve nominated for my own ‘Polyanna award.’ Go, Edie!

     
    • brain injury self rehabilitation (BISR)

      May 10, 2012 at 10:26 pm

      Thank you Maria. It’s good to know others will laugh with me. I surprise myself more often than I like sometimes!LOL God Bless You, Edie

       
      • Maria Tatham

        May 11, 2012 at 9:38 am

        You’re welcome, Edie! This was amazing and written in a charming style.
        God bless you too,
        Maria

         
  4. Jenise Fouts

    May 10, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    Thank you, Edie, for a good chuckle about what happened. My husband is 70 and in stage 2 Alzheimers. His most recent “funny incident” was when he was trying to help me rid our backyard of fuzzy headed dandelions. I showed him one day how to put his hand over the entire fuzzy head to keep the seeds from escaping when he picked the stem. He forgot that ~ but remembered the next day that he needed to pull dandelions from the lawn. He showed me a fistful of dandelion stems with no heads, and proudly reported that he had “kicked” all the seeds off the heads before he pulled the stems. Sigh. Hope that brought a smile to you. I saw a video online of a female M.D. whose husband had stage 3 Alz. She started mixing COCONUT OIL (available at Walmart) in his food — hot oatmeal, liquifying it and pouring it over his corn, etc. The oil has ketones which his brain accepted ~ and he regained so many skills it was amazing. I started my hubby on it today. Would that help your brain? If you google coconut oil for Alzheimers you may find the video of the couple. If it helps the brain in dementia, maybe it helps the brain with an injury.

     
    • brain injury self rehabilitation (BISR)

      May 10, 2012 at 9:52 pm

      I love the dandelion story! I am still laughing! Thank you for sharing that one. I will use it in a future post if it’s okay with you? I will do some research on coconut oil. I’m willing to try anything, and I have found many nontraditional things that have worked. I really appreciate your input. Thank you.

       
      • Jenise Fouts

        May 11, 2012 at 11:33 am

        Dear Edie, yes, you are welcome to use my husband’s dandelion story in any way that you want. Besides researching coconut oil, check also the use of nicotine patches! A friend told me that research has found nicotine helps people with dementia. I googled it and there were lots of links on it ~ but they stressed not to have the patient take up smoking, only to use nicotine patches. I never bought any for my husband as there are 3 grades of strength for people quitting smoking, and I didn’t research it far enough to know which one to buy. I’m very glad that he didn’t start on them as I’d much rather do the coconut oil. I bought a plastic 8″ jar of it for $5.84 at Walmart. It looks like shortening and is flavorless! You can mix it in hot foods, like oatmeal, soup, and mashed potatoes where it will melt on its own, or nuke it and pour it over stuff. I poured it over my husband’s dinner plate last night – chicken breast, roasted taters and corn, and he couldn’t even tell I’d done anything (which is good since he dislikes coconut). The video of the female MD I watched said new research shows coconut oil raises the GOOD cholesterol in your body. I’m sorry I can’t remember her name or the name of the book she wrote. If you can’t access it online, I’ll send your email the link that was sent to me. It is worth a try!!!!!!!!! I am excited for you!! Hugs, Jenise

         
      • brain injury self rehabilitation (BISR)

        May 12, 2012 at 2:42 pm

        I have looked COCONUT OIL up and will try it. I will add a post with this information in later. In the meantime I was hoping anyone reading the comments will also look this up. I found quite a bit on it including the video of the doctor speaking. Thank you for letting me know about Walmart and the how to use it. This could benefit many. It’s always worth a try. Take care and stay safe, Edie

         

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