Laughter as brain injury medicine … Did you get your check

29 May

Life seems so financially driven.  Everything is about profit.  What happens if you are concerned about another and want to check on them?

Being concerned about another’s safety and well being it was vital that someone do a welfare check.  One made a report to make sure they were safe. They were informed of my concern and they picked up the report.

As they read it they noted that I requested a “welfare check”.  Being that this person was a concrete thinker he assumed a “welfare check” meant something far from safety and concern.

English: LOL

English: LOL (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A “check” meant money.  His psychologist asked him to explain what they thought a “welfare check” was.  His interpretation was a check of “X” number of dollars.

When that person saw their psychologist they stated “they are after my money”.  They sent someone to do a “welfare check”.   The psychologist  informed the person that a “welfare check” was to make sure they were safe and it had nothing to do with “finances or money”.

I can see how “check” could have a double meaning.  Sometimes it’s hard for others to believe someone is caring enough to check on safety and well-being.  Life really isn’t all about money.

He learned a “welfare check” is a good thing, and others do care.   Every time he writes a check he thinks of the “welfare check” that had no monetary value.  He wonders if the people who do “welfare checks” also write “checks” to pay his bills?  He believes that would also be a form of “welfare check”, as it takes alot of stress off a person!  He has a point!

Have you tried to help someone and they totally misinterpreted your good faith?

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6 responses to “Laughter as brain injury medicine … Did you get your check

  1. behindthemaskofabuse

    May 29, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    i’m sure i have but i can’t think of an instance right now>>lol

    • brain injury self rehabilitation (BISR)

      June 11, 2013 at 9:55 pm

      It’s good to laugh because we’re all doing goofy things!

      • behindthemaskofabuse

        June 11, 2013 at 10:04 pm

        so very true! how are you doing today? Did you get some sleep?

      • brain injury self rehabilitation (BISR)

        June 11, 2013 at 10:29 pm

        I’m doing well. Thank you for asking. Overwhelmed easily, but finding my way … so much to do but I’ll get to it! I’m not ignoring anyone, I just can only do so much. I’m sure you understand. I’m advocating for a friend during her inpatient hospital stay and home has finally been listed “for sale”. I’m literally a slow “mover”! Take care and stay safe.

      • behindthemaskofabuse

        June 11, 2013 at 10:31 pm

        I totally understand, wow you have a lot on your plate right now! Don’t forget to take care of you! xo

    • laughterlawyer

      July 24, 2014 at 1:41 am

      Humor and laughter is wonderful for the brain! There are therapeutic laughter clubs in Canada for people with brain injuries. Dr. Earl Henslin has also written a book, This is your Brain on Joy which is an awesome book regarding restoring brain health. Awesome post!


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