Laughter as brain injury medicine … not ready yet

20 Mar

When stressful situations happen, laughter is relaxing and healing. Camera, one has carried it everywhere, long before cell phone cameras.  It’s my memory!  Ironically, over the years people have complained and never understood.   Memories recorded on film and camera have served others in many ways.

A young man who has captured our hearts over the past 18 years was hospitalized a few times recently, but is well now.  During his last hospitalization we went early to visit, never thinking that 18 year-olds keep late hours and sleep in.

We don’t know how that’s possible in the hospital, but can only be explained by repeated awakening throughout the day and night!  He was fortunate to receive pain control and that most likely helped with sleep in an environment that is known to cause sleepless nights!


Laughter… (Photo credit: leodelrosa…)

When one is not well, it’s easy to focus on the wonderful people, places and things that happen in life.  Reminiscing about events, places, friends, and family is a great coping strategy.  

As usual I had my camera. He was sleeping peacefully and I quickly took a picture of his most childhood possession nearby.  I should have know it was 9:30 am and he most likely was just resting.

When he woke to the flash or was it the click?  Or maybe he felt our presence, whispers, or shuffling about as we quietly entered the room.   With the flash of the camera he turned toward us and with sleepy eyes said: “I wasn’t ready to see the light!  I have too many things to do.”

Regardless, his response was precious and perfect! Prayers were answered and he’s doing well now.


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4 responses to “Laughter as brain injury medicine … not ready yet

  1. FindingStrengthToStandAgain

    March 20, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    I love the double meaning in his words. 🙂

    • brain injury self rehabilitation (BISR)

      March 22, 2013 at 2:51 pm

      Tara, It’s amazing how serious illness and injury cause one to re-evaluate life and not take things for granted! Humor is a great coping mechanism and I use it constantly. I’m certain you do as well. Laughter goes a long way doesn’t it? Take care and stay safe, Edie

  2. Three Well Beings

    March 20, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    I’m glad this story has a happy ending…hope he continues to do well. I think that’s brilliant to think of a camera as your “auxiliary memory.” Must be a lot easier now with smaller cameras, but I’m sure you have quite an assortment of interesting captures! 🙂

    • brain injury self rehabilitation (BISR)

      March 22, 2013 at 2:53 pm

      I found out iphoto program works best with under 15,000 photos and I’ve far exceeded that limit! That’s another problem to figure out at another time, but a project set aside for now! Take care and stay safe, Edie


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