Laughter as brain injury medicine – Two better than one

15 Aug

Shortly after my brain injury I attempted to resume graduate studies.  Parking on any campus is a test of timing and parking agility.  I never found this a real problem before injury.  It’s just something we did to attend classes on campus.

Unfortunately, I had no energy, no stamina, no strength to walk a distance, no nothing … what the h*ll was I doing at KSU?  I couldn’t carry my books, they were simply too heavy.

All I needed to do was drive, park and attend class.  It sounds easy, right?  No…driving takes mental energy.  Parking is like a game on campus.  Attending classes is a test of cognitive challenges with a brain injury.  My world seemed upside down. I was determined to be “better” and ride the storm.

I walked so slow with a wide base gait that a turtle could pass me by.  I received a parking ticket. Don’t recall where I parked, but I needed to pay the ticket.  As though attending class wasn’t hard enough…now I needed to find another parking spot to pay the ticket.

U park like an as*****

U park like an as***** (Photo credit: elgringospain)

I found myself the only spot available, and obviously it wasn’t a parking space!  As I came out from paying the ticket, I was issued another parking ticket.  Gee, I guess they didn’t think one parking ticket was enough!  I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.

I didn’t have enough energy to walk back in.  I parked as close to the door as I could.  They are lucky I didn’t think it was a drive-thru!

Oh, I guess if I thought it was a drive-thru that would not have been a parking ticket, instead a moving-violation!

That would have been an entirely different campus or building.  Grateful they were just parking tickets.

So, are two better than one?


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3 responses to “Laughter as brain injury medicine – Two better than one

  1. Maria Tatham

    August 21, 2012 at 9:00 am

    The photo is great, Edie! A picture is worth a 1000 words? Sometimes! Yes, good thing you didn’t also get a moving violation! :0)
    You were brave to go back to school then. Wow!

    • brain injury self rehabilitation (BISR)

      August 23, 2012 at 7:54 pm

      Oh yes … no moving violations to date and my children said they will hold a party the first time I get a speeding ticket! I actually had a physician within past ten years that wanted to take my license, but I put it back in his face and asked how many times he’s received moving violations. I challenged his judgement versus my judgement and I won! I can’t even get out of the house on a bad day. Most people can get out and put others in harms way…and supposedly there is nothing wrong with them!

      I wish I had the treatment I get now, I would have truly been able to go back to work. I’m working in my own right, at my own pace, and on line here. That’s the best I can do, but it’s something! Blessings, Edie

  2. Maria Tatham

    August 23, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Bless you too! Your response to my comment on your post “New cell phone…” was so professional, Edie!


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