Laughter as brain injury medicine … hair spray

05 Jun

I reached for hair spray to spritz a little that maintains some style and eliminates the static hair.  Oh, the hair seemed a bit sticky but I just assumed I put a little too much on.  It certainly maintained the style, if there was one!

hair styling tools+bobby pins+hair spray

hair styling tools+bobby pins+hair spray (Photo credit: …love Maegan)

It seemed like wherever I went I smelled like the bathroom!  I was elated when my sense of smell returned.  Was it deceiving me? Was it really Lysol air freshener?  How could that be?

Hours later, I realized I must have reached for the air freshener instead of hair spray!  At least I smelled like “freshness”!  Oh well, thank goodness Lysol air freshener smells awesome, but not quite enough to wear all day!

I know I’m not alone doing these goofy things.  What have you done?

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9 responses to “Laughter as brain injury medicine … hair spray

  1. behindthemaskofabuse

    June 5, 2013 at 12:07 am

    and apparently it holds your hair in place

  2. zk

    June 6, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Talk about wacky goof-ups I can manage complex problems no prob but not simple stuff. For instance I was trying to cut a hole in a wall to install a vent drilled hole no prob but couldn’t get jigsaw to work properly it kept jumping everywhere – I knew that wasn’t right because I’ve used it before so why couldn’t I get it to work this time? Frustration stn until finally talked to a tool mgr @ home depot – I hadn’t made the initial hole big enough to allow the saw blade to go thru properly!  think emot slapping forehead!!! I couldn’t believe I had been overlooking the obvious! This underscores the fact I do have tbi left over impairments – ouch what a way to have to come to terms with it though!

    • brain injury self rehabilitation (BISR)

      June 12, 2013 at 5:25 pm

      The frustration of not being able to do the simple things, and eventually figuring that out sometimes just seems incomprehensible to understand but I get it! So many times it’s the simple things I can’t figure out … and I wish I’d learn but sometimes it just doesn’t register. Thank you for sharing your experience, because people feel much better knowing they are not alone! Take care and stay safe.

  3. Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

    June 6, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Back in the day, when my Dad was transferred to Cape Canaveral, my family rented a house in an orange grove on Merritt Island while our house across the river was being finished – BEFORE wide-spread spraying beat back the mosquitoes, and when you could ride the roaches. We LIVED with personal cans of insect repellant and “bug-spray.”

    My youngest brother (about 3) came across my mother spraying her hair and asked, confused, “You got bugs?”

    I never did the hairspray thing, but I once sprayed a pan with Scrubbing Bubbles instead of Pam (gas flame on high already, natch – not a good smell!)

    In NYC, eager to take advantage of everything NY hip, I once washed my [suddenly greasy] hair daily for an entire week one summer before I finally realized that I was using conditioner instead of shampoo.

    The last was not my fault – the bottles looked EXACTLY alike except for teeny tiny print I couldn’t see without reading glasses I NEVER wear in the shower — that used bizarre words like “Loviliness” and “Shininess” or some such nonsense).

    OUT came the magic marker, the lovely packaging defaced by a big S and a big C — and it was back to drugstore products for me.

    Haven’t touched those memories in YEARS – and I needed a giggle today. Thanks!


    Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CMC, SCAC, MCC
    – ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder –
    (blogs: ADDandSoMuchMore, ADDerWorld & ethosconsultancynz – dot com)
    “It takes a village to transform a world!”

    • brain injury self rehabilitation (BISR)

      June 11, 2013 at 11:27 pm

      I love these memories! “Got bugs?” how cute, and a response you’ll always remember! Scrubbing Bubbles and Pam Spray are quite different … I hope you didn’t get burned? I can identify with the conditioner versus shampoo. I still do that intermittently, simply because it’s not placed back in the order I put it in … but I like your idea by putting a big S and C on the containers. Too bad everything isn’t color coded! I find it much more difficult now with medication because so many pills are plain “white” with similar shapes. I guess it’s too expensive to use colors as they use to. Maybe that’s the “suicide by pharma” when people mistaken medications, but they blame it totally on patients. Sometimes overdose may not necessarily be intentional.

      • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

        June 11, 2013 at 11:31 pm

        I have a dream of starting a company called, “You can READ the label” (Who cares what’s inside – most products are fairly much the same anyway.)

        Now that the Boomers probably ALL need reading glasses (and we still represent the largest population bubble) I’d probably make a fortune.

        When I need a giggle, I dream up commercials for my new company. It’s a hoot!


      • brain injury self rehabilitation (BISR)

        June 11, 2013 at 11:41 pm

        OMG! I can visualize some additional commercials and I know I’d be laughing a very long time! What about all the handicap parking? I always told everyone that “soon the parking lots will be only handicap accessible with no premium spaces” because the Boomers! Hey, I love your idea for a company!


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