Laughter is brain injury medicine … Duplicates, triplicates, how many do you need

10 Oct

Pantry Commentary

It seems like no one understands why I have too much of everything.  Doubles, triples, quadruples, and so on.  The pantry is full and I am blessed.  It’s full for a very different reason.  Not because I need so much food or other things.  Not because I am having visitors.

Simply because I don’t think I have it at home and I buy it because I need it.  I’m not sure if I forgot to put it on my list?  I’m not sure I have everything I need?  I’m sure I don’t have it? Maybe I just forgot my list and I need to buy from memory?  It’s more difficult then others can imagine.

When I get home, I find I already had it.  Now what do I do?  Who has the energy to return it? I put it in the car so I have it next trip to the store.  It’s still there 6 months later, because I keep forgetting to take it in.  It’s too late so it goes back into the pantry! So I’m ridiculed by everyone and laughed at by so many.

It’s truly hilarious that all these people making the comments are so ignorant and lack the understanding and none of them has stepped in to help.  Then they wonder why I have distanced myself from them?  Duh!  It doesn’t take a rocket scientistto figure that one out!


Rocket (Photo credit: Jen Montes)

Oh shucks, what is the solution to picking up extra items.  Just have a smaller pantry, no extra room at the Inn, and maybe just a smaller house!  Oh that’s a real fix! Like that’s something that could change easily.   I think I fixed the problem!

Twenty cans of soup, six jars of almond butter, ten cereal boxes, three mixers, two toaster ovens, ten baking sheets, and the list goes on!

Does anyone realize when you go shopping there are so many choices?  You can’t remember if you have it or you don’t.  Everyone does this once in a while.  We are just consistent … we do it all the time! What’s wrong with you? You aren’t consistent?

They always say consistency and moderation is the key!  There you go … that’s where brain injury and aging is consistent so quite complaining!

You can already have twenty items at home, but with all the decision in grocery stores it’s simply confusing. Twenty of anything doesn’t mean you remember you have it!

You don’t recall if you saw them in your pantry or you saw them in the store!  The only solution is a small house, close to stores and all conveniences in life.  We all have more then we need anyway!  Who needs ridicule and negative comments anyway when you have enough of everything?  Small house there is less room for ridicule and comments.  We accept who we are, and that’s why you are NOT invited!


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7 responses to “Laughter is brain injury medicine … Duplicates, triplicates, how many do you need

  1. buckwheatsrisk

    October 10, 2012 at 12:27 am

    all i could think is how organized you are! i think i could learn from you! i don’t have brain injury like you but i forget a lot because of the PTSD…great post on this!!

    • brain injury self rehabilitation (BISR)

      October 14, 2012 at 5:47 pm

      In some areas I can be extremely organized, but in others it’s just superficial. I was having problems with my computer, and the technicians looking at my computer said, “This is the worse mess I’ve ever seen!” and I walked away thinking: It’s just a sample of what my brain really looks like!:)

      • buckwheatsrisk

        October 14, 2012 at 5:50 pm

        i get that, i’ve told my therapist that some of the chaotic looking art i paint resembles my brain and i didn’t even realize when i painted it, i realized it after the fact.

      • brain injury self rehabilitation (BISR)

        October 14, 2012 at 7:04 pm

        Artwork is interesting and holds so much meaning. I’d love to see your artwork. Do you put it on your site?

      • buckwheatsrisk

        October 14, 2012 at 7:30 pm

        it is and does. i’ve put some up that i think are in my archives.

  2. Laurie FourPaws

    October 10, 2012 at 1:29 am

    OH YES, I DO RELATE. MY problem, I AM SO DISORGANIZED UGGGHHHHH. I cant find what I need or where I left it last, or who I lent it too. Solution buy another one. Planning and cooking are too hard so I eat out far too much, that solves the food over buying problem for me. It looks like you are organized maybe take a picture/s of what you have in your pantry for memory. I often do that when I have to replace a part such as pvc pipe joints, because I often forget or get confused when I am at the home store looking at far to many possibilites. I love my I phone it is such a great crutch and memory tool. By the way have you seen my keys somewhere. I forgot once again to put them in their spot again for the forth time this week. Yes, I wish my dogs could find all the things I misplace every day I would have it made. I have learned to love duplicates of everything especially back up keys, I would be on deep frustrating rage without. Yes are having fun yet? If I could only down size, live minimalistic and neatly life would be much easier Problem I keep believing that sometime my energy will come back and do all the things I want again, so I cant get a dumpster just yet it’s only been 18 + yrs since my injury.

    • brain injury self rehabilitation (BISR)

      October 14, 2012 at 8:35 pm

      What a great idea to take a picture of the pantry, especially before I go to grocery store. I know you get it. I used to have a list of who I loaned things to, but then I forget where I put the list. At least I remember I once wrote a list! Then, there’s the idea that I’m not consistent with ALWAYS adding to the list. Some things were listed, and others not!

      I think my dog tries to find my missing things!, but he’d be overworked in our homes! I’m sure your dogs would be too? I laughed when you asked “Are we having fun yet?” Yep, that’s what we all went to years of college for, Right? To become so disorganized, disoriented, and repeat the same crap every day!:) Maybe those who think it looks like so much fun, should remind us what “Fun” is?

      I sure understand that there is always HOPE. 18 1/2 years since injury, it’s time the real treatment begins! That’s when I finally got treatment, and I’ve been blessed. Five to Seven hours a day is great compared to maximum 4 hours. Hey, we all take anything we can. I like your idea to go out and eat, but I have never done that simply because it took too much energy. I rarely go out to eat, but things can always change.

      Isn’t it amazing how we find things we never knew we had? We actually surprise ourselves! I’m sure others would think: “Don’t believe that!” Someday everyone will know another with TBI, then shock will set in.


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