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Long-term problems of head-injury

Here is a glimpse into the reality of brain injury.  Another TBI patient has shared this clear and concise writing about brain injury.  It was stated that the information was written by a physician, but I do not have the author’s name.  You will find by reading this that it’s a “snapshot into your troubled reality following brain injury”.   Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Simple tips to taking back control and saving relationships after injury Part 2 of 2

It’s never too late to change.  If you have a new or old injury make sure you are doing what you can for yourself.  You need to focus on the things you can do.  Evaluate the things you might be able to do, and try to do these things.  Repetition brings success. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Laughter as brain injury medicine … socks hanging on door

Have you laughed today?  Oh, how I love helping others and being their advocate … but sometimes Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Wishing you a Merry Christmas

Edie & Al    Merry Christmas from us to you!

Edie & Al
Merry Christmas from both of us to you!

Have a Safe Holiday Season and  New Year! Read the rest of this entry »

 

2007 Christmas family gathering where most people wouldn’t expect

It’s the holiday season and reminders of years past.  It’s bad enough that my subarachnoid hemorrhage occurred December 22, 1991 … a date I will never forget and left my life and my immediate family’s altered forever!  What comes to mind now is Christmas time 2007! Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Simple tips to taking back control and saving relationships after injury Part 1 of 2

If you are depending on others to help get you through the early phases after brain injury, illness or other health issues remember to keep these dependencies temporary.  Take back control and do all the things you can do for yourself providing you stay safe.  Put fear behind you. Don’t let fear control you.  Don’t depend, join in and attend life! Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Laughter is the best brain injury medicine … just one childhood moment with friend

With all the sadness in the world, it’s time to laugh again! Have you ever done something as a child you never told your parents about? What was the motivation for doing it? Children are innocent and they have memories their parents Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Names for chronic pain describes many things most patients encounter when struggling with pain. Maybe you were misdiagnosed? Treated poorly? This will help you understand your pain a bit more clearer.

Sunlight in Winter

In my blog, I talk a lot about central sensitization, which describes the changes that can take place in a person’s nervous system and make her more sensitive to pain. However, there are many other pain-related terms you will most likely come across, whether you’re doing your own research or simply trying to understand your medical records.

So here is a list of some of the most common terms I have come across in my own reading.  I hope you find it helpful.

Pain Amplification: means pretty much the same thing as central sensitization– that your nervous system is “amplifying” pain signals.

Allodynia: When the nervous system perceives what should be harmless physical sensations as extremely painful.  A friend once told me there were times she couldn’t stand to feel the fabric of shirt she was wearing against her chest.  Tears came to her eyes just describing it to…

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If I could have, I would have … The Caring Children Program

In 1990 and 1991 two nurses from Cleveland, Ohio  health systems founded programs that taught children several levels of health in the elementary school setting. The  “Caring Children Program was taught in the classroom and other community settings as a team effort with nurses and children. Teaching focused on preventive health, education and understanding through hands-on skills and active participation. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Laughter as brain injury medicine … recipe and kitchen disasters

Everyone has experienced some silly things that happen in kitchens.  Either we add the wrong ingredients, don’t follow directions, forget something, or simply don’t know what happened! Read the rest of this entry »

 

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

It was now Labor Day Weekend and we went on a picnic to Schronbraun in southern Ohio.  Picnic in the park was a great  summer outing, and long walks.  When the weather Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Laughter as brain injury medicine … Is there a difference between guardrails and handrails

I was talking with another person recovering from brain injury when she was describing how her shower and home was adapted to meet special needs.  She was paralyzed on the right side and could not speak.  She knew exactly what Read the rest of this entry »

 

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How it all began 40 years ago … a journey back in time Part 3 of 4

Al got the approval of both my father and mother to marry me.  We were engaged April 2, 1972.  There was significant turmoil in family Read the rest of this entry »

 

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