Monthly Archives: November 2012

For the troops

Send a Christmas greeting, another type of card, or letter to our Heroes! Holiday mail to our heroes is vital to their emotional support and a simple act of kindness. Can you take the time to address and mail an extra card. Thanks in advance for thinking of our troops.


Are you a dog lover? Animal lover? What do you think this means? Would you be on the dirt road or the gold road and pearly gates? Let me know your interpretation.

The Laughing Housewife

From dogbreedinfo.  

A man and his dog were walking along a road.  The man was enjoying the walk, when it suddenly occurred to him that he was dead.  He remembered dying, and that the dog had been dead for years. He wondered where the road was leading them.

After a while, they came to a high white stone wall along one side of the road. It looked like fine marble. At the top of a long hill, it was broken by a tall arch that glowed in the sunlight. When he was standing before it, he saw a magnificent gate in the arch that looked like mother-of-pearl, and the street that led to the gate looked like pure gold.  He and the dog walked toward the gate, and as he got closer, he saw a man at a desk to one side. When he was close enough, he…

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Simple tips understanding injuries are very different … Part 2 of 2

Following the minor accident she sustained many symptoms.  Some of the problems she recalls are: memory problems, an inability to focus, poor judgement, poor financial decisions, unable to balance a checkbook, unable to compensate, unable to sleep, increase in pain, extreme fatigue, irritability, unable to be independent because of level of fatigue, required assistance to accomplish activities of daily living, profound confusion, and finally an inability to work at career that was her passion.

Most importantly, she was unable to care for herself and struggled to parent her daughters. She did not qualify for rehabilitation. Now she wonders why her brain didn’t qualify for rehabilitation, but her amputation was covered daily for several months!  Was her leg considered more valuable than

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Laughter as brain injury medicine … what did I ask for?

So many times those with brain injury use the wrong words, but was this really miscommunication or just a mistake? Read the rest of this entry »


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How it all began 40 years ago … a journey back in time Part 2 of 4

A little over a year passed.  I didn’t want to attend my high school senior prom.  It just wasn’t my thing.  My mother wanted me to attend.  I told her I would go with another person Read the rest of this entry »


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Simple tips understanding injuries are very different … Part 1 of 2

How many have been compared to someone who have a visible injury? “Look how much someone can accomplish after they have lost limbs or have some other visible physical injuries.”  Is the frustration with brain injury Read the rest of this entry »


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Laughter as brain injury medicine … how old is that turkey?

Laughter is healthy.  Laugh daily.  With all the choices of meals and vegetables, turkey remains the main course for Thanksgiving meals!  Even though the sweet potatoes, mash potatoes and gravy, stuffing, Read the rest of this entry »


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Please read this about Post-Diagnostic grief response. I believe everyone can relate to this in the midst of trying to get a proper diagnosis and treatment. Explore this site at there are so many great articles that relate to chronic illness, brain dysfunctions of various degrees and TBI. Let me know what you think? What is helpful?

ADD . . . and-so-much-more

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Exploring the Post-Diagnostic Grief Response 

(c) Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
Part of the Grief & Diagnosis Series – all rights reserved

Question: What do the following expressions
have in common?

  • “Oh thank goodness!  Now I can have a life!”
  • “You think I have what?” “Why didn’t they find this out before?”
  • “Why my child?” 
  • “He’s a perfectly normal BOY! Why do they have to pathologize everything?”
  • “I don’t need medication, I just need to try harder now that I know what I’m dealing with.”
  • “Those @#$% doctors don’t know anything!”
  • “If only I’d known this earlier, my life would have been completely different!”
  • Tell my boss?  Are you nuts?”

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How it all began 40 years ago … a journey back in time Part 1 of 4

Lasting relationships are based on many factors.  They include many ups and downs, all around experiences, failures, and successes!  You have to know what failure Read the rest of this entry »


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Simple tips helping others

At times life seems complicated and everything one does just does not make sense.  You get up and look in the mirror.  You consider yourself fortunate that you’ve survived … sometimes! Because of the superficial society no one understands what life is truly like.  You look good,  must be nothing wrong! That couldn’t be any further from the truth!

Appearance is the one thing that most those who traumatic brain injury, aging, chronic illness, and mental illness can control.  They take pride in their appearance when out in public.  Often it is the only thing under one’s control.

How many have been told to look how much someone can accomplish after they have lost limbs or have some other physical injuries?  Is the frustration with brain injury justifiable?  Is losing a limb comparable to brain injury?  Next two “Simple Tip Posts”  is a situation from someone who experienced both. Read the rest of this entry »


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Laughter as brain injury medicine … omelet for breakfast

It is always a great feeling doing something special for others. My friend is not well, but woke up 4:30 am and thought she’d make herself an omelet because she had the eggs I gave her.  She prepared fresh vegetables, cut up turkey, and intended to use cheese. We all know you feel your best with good nutrition.


The fry pan, bowl and spatula were ready.  She cracked an egg and tried again.  She realized the egg was hard boiled. Again, she did the same to another egg and that was hard boiled…she didn’t know all the eggs were hard boiled!

I may have failed to inform her.  Why is it that others can’t read one’s mind, or the way I compensate?  I always put my hard boiled eggsback in the carton.  Sometimes I surprise myself like I surprised her!  That breakfast omelet that sounded so delicious turned into a breakfast of hard boiled eggs!  She had her laugh for the day and her protein!!!


I could have saved her a ton of energy.  She could have just peeled her eggs and relaxed!  Think about all the positive thoughts that increased dopamine and serotonin levels in the brain as a result of preparing such a nutritious breakfast that never made it to fruition.

This turned out to be a hard boiled egg omelet with laughter!  Still a happy breakfast!

How often do you think you have all the ingredients and it turns into something totally different?

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NHBPM – Doing My Own Prompt Today – Chronic Illness Links

NHBPM – Doing My Own Prompt Today – Chronic Illness Links.

This is an impressive site with well written articles and several links pertaining to chronic illness.  Take some time to review the related links on this post.  I personally reviewed all the links thoroughly except one, which was not of interest to me but may be to others. These are all educational links and contain well-written materials. Tell me what you think?



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Simple tips on decision making when life is so indecisive after brain injury

If you are over 18 there are no safeguards to help with your decision making.  If you make the wrong decision you Read the rest of this entry »


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Laughter as brain injury medicine … The turkey did it

Laughter makes healing easier.  Everyday is an adventure in this home.  Which Thanksgiving would you prefer for dinner?  This Thanksgiving was likely the first following my injury, November 1992.  Dinner was in the oven and smoke filled the house. Read the rest of this entry »


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Should one stop and help or keep on going

I passed many accidents over the years as most of us do,  Read the rest of this entry »


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I was touched to read that some people think brain injury can simply be put aside and life goes on. Life does go on, but in whatever direction the brain takes you. Every day is a challenge and it does not help when others do not understand. I don’t want others to learn either, because it can be torture. Brain injury is not easy, it’s not a choice of how you want your day to unfold, it’s the unpredictable paths a damaged brain takes one on and is not under voluntary control. If it were voluntary, we’d all be better! This young woman clearly helps others along her own difficult journey. She’s an inspiration to so many with traumatic brain injury and also has an on-line support group. Is this something you endure daily or even understand?


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Simple tips understanding HIPAA Regulations

Healthcare Insurance Portability Accountability Act of 1996, otherwise known as HIPAA, not HIPPA!  Remember “AA” not “PP”! Read the rest of this entry »


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