Laughter as brain injury medicine – They sure cut so much out on this dvd

26 Sep

Have you ever watched a live performance and bought a tape to watch?  When it’s something pleasurable and fun, it’s something you like to relive.  A video of the performance is another way those with brain injuries, brain dysfunction and aging can enjoy a concert or performance in the privacy of their own home.  Who wants to get dressed up anyway?  Who wants to be in a crowd with noise and distractions?  If it’s something from your earlier days that you enjoyed, you may appreciate this once again…I think!

Bob Stensholt election DVD

It’s amazing what anyone can see when watching movies or DVD of any sort repeatedly.  This is common with everyone.  Every time you watch you see something different.  What happens when you can’t find 50% of the performance?

I picked up two videos from a live performance of country music.  Buy one get one for $10.00. One was a collector’s video of the live show and the other was a previously recorded video.  It was an uplifting video that honored Veterans, included comedy, singing, dancing and gospel music.  Fun!…and that’s hard to find!

We were watching the DVD with a friend and daughter.  It was a good video but so much of what I saw during the live performance was missing.  I thought they cut sections out.  I called my brother to tell him I didn’t see several segments of the performance.

They already watched their video and said everything was on their DVD.  I saw a segment that he didn’t see.  Was I sleeping during 50% of video?  Was I simply distracted?  Were we talking about the same thing?  Were we watching the same DVD?

NBC Nightly News

Eight hours later I figured out the problem. Frustration. It all clicked!  We weren’t watching the same DVD.  I mixed two DVD into the wrong covers when I got autographs.  Even though I was certain I had the correct DVD I found myself in a tizzy!   I guess I had the correct cover, but wrong DVD!

I was NOT watching the live performance, but the previously recorded performance.  It’s amazing how everything appeared as I viewed it, when I watched the proper DVD.  It was like magic! I guess if you put in the correct DVD, nothing will be missing!  I can’t watch movies, so this was something very special to me. Light hearted fun, comedy, dance, music from the 50s and 60s all mixed together!

It was like watching Oprah instead of the Nightly News, and I couldn’t figure out what was wrong!  Finally, it all clicked 8 hours later!  Oh…how my problem solving abilities are a slight bit delayed!

Nothing like mixing things up, in a mixed up world!  As though it’s not jumbled up already!


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2 responses to “Laughter as brain injury medicine – They sure cut so much out on this dvd

  1. Three Well Beings

    September 27, 2012 at 12:53 am

    I’m glad you figured it out or you would really be stuck in confusion! I think this is the kind of problem that can happen to anyone, but I presume that without a TBI we don’t wonder what happened in quite the same way as someone who might wonder if their head injury is responsible! That kind of questioning must get exhausting! D

    • brain injury self rehabilitation (BISR)

      September 27, 2012 at 7:58 am

      Hi! I have the advantage to now understand the difference of how my brain worked “before” and “after” injury. Too bad I still don’t figure it out at the time it’s happening!…but I eventually get it! I have a mixed thinking process that clearly sometimes I think quickly and other times it’s the “old injury” that leads to such frustration!

      “Before” I would figure it out instantaneously, “after” injury who knows when I’ll figure it out and during the process I become so FRUSTRATED, UPSET with myself…but when I know the answers I cry because I feel “stupid”, but LAUGH because its “funny” that I never thought to resolve the problems immediately. How crazy is that? I always appreciate your comments. Take care and stay safe. Edie


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