So many different things happen with brain injuries and brain dysfunction and as sad as so many things are, it’s really important to laugh daily. Laughter is the best medicine. Research proves that laugher helps heal. With brain issues at the moment the incident occurs there really isn’t anything to laugh about because the person is so frustrated with the ignorant things that happen … it takes awhile to step back at that particular situation and laugh.
I needed to do some small shopping so I took my teenage son and another person with me to the local grocery store and had another small errand to run afterwards. I was driving. My son helped put the groceries in the trunk and I was on to my next errand.
Driving down the road about a mile I was talking to my son in the back seat. He never answered. Every mother knows what that silent treatment is like when your children are teens. He didn’t seem upset, and this was really a silent treatment! Did I miss something in his verbal or non-verbal communication? I obviously missed something and it wasn’t in his communication!
I asked my passenger what was wrong with my son. She looked in the back seat and he wasn’t there. It was at that moment I realized I thought he closed the back door of the car and here it was the trunk he closed. I don’t know what I was thinking. Obviously, I wasn’t thinking. I didn’t see him return the grocery cart or get into the car. I was definitely distracted by my passenger…and that’s scary to say the least.
I did an immediate U-turn (against the law in this state) and pulled into the parking lot. There stood my son with his arms crossed still in disbelief! Watching as I drove away, and able to watch me as I returned. I’m surprised he even wanted to get into the car with me when I picked him up.
Moral of this event: Almost every parent has said something like “If you don’t behave yourself you can walk home”. This teenager was actually behaving himself! In this case, my son had no reason to believe he would be left and I just pulled away. He still laughs about it. You just need a sense of humor to live in this family.
Distraction happens frequently with brain injury. So if you feel like you are repeating things over-and-over again it could be a memory issue, a distraction issue, an attention issue, all types of issues cause distractions.
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