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Simple tips after TBI dealing with behavioral changes, aggression
Aggressive and violent behaviors are common with brain injuries. This type of behavior is extremely difficult to Read the rest of this entry »
Laughter as brain injury medicine … Which one is yours
Imagine going for aquatic exercise at 6:00 am and on this day no one else was in the pool yet. It was just the lifeguard and I at the pool. As usual Read the rest of this entry »
Super Bowl Sunday: protecting all brains including retired and current NFL players
The NFL is the most powerful sports league and richest in America. It’s an American past time and Read the rest of this entry »
Simple tips for brain injury … Things you need to carry while on vacation
You never plan on things happening, but be prepared in case of an emergency especially away from home. Hours in the emergency room can easily Read the rest of this entry »
Laughter as brain injury medicine …. gas up
Laughter is powerful and healing. Being observant of others and our surroundings can bring laughter of things we or others do. You pulled up to the gas pump to fill up. One goes in to pick up coffee and tea while the other fills the car with gas. The line to McDonald’s is long. On the way out one notices Read the rest of this entry »
Is it TBI, chronic illness, cognitive disorders, dementia or Alzheimer’s? Part 1 of 2
What’s the difference between brain dysfunction such as dementia and other progressive cognitive disorders and TBI or other chronic illnesses?
Survivors of TBI and chronic illness rarely Read the rest of this entry »
Laughter as Brain injury medicine … smoothies anyone?
Laughter as brain injury medicine makes life easier. Have you ever offered someone Read the rest of this entry »
Simple tips for brain and spinal cord injury, illness, injury, aging, children, adults, everyone … Questions to ask your healthcare professionals
When you come across health issues there are a number of questions you and your advocate need to ask. It’s difficult to know what questions to ask when your world is turned upside down and you are not familiar with healthcare systems. Either the patient or the advocate, or both should ask these questions.
The best outcome to all health issues is dependent on the educated patients and advocates. Asking the following questions will help you take control, eliminate some stress and struggles with healthcare and focus on ones optimal level of functioning. This is a comprehensive but not all inclusive list of questions to ask your healthcare provider. Read the rest of this entry »
Laughter as brain injury medicine … you don’t understand
Communication is unpredictable, just as other symptoms of TBI. Some symptoms are invisible and others are incomprehensible! As I met up with someone while working out in the pool I asked “How are you doing today?” her facial expressions of shock Read the rest of this entry »
Laughter as brain injury medicine … reading
How many romance novels can one read? It’s reading that kept mother-in-law’s 96 year old mind and memory remain clear. Who cares what type of reading? She handled finances, checkbook, and all her affairs until the day she died. She learned so much from reading and learning is something that’s important throughout the lifespan.
It was our pride that at 96 years old weekly library trips to checkout books and keep the brain and mind functioning were a priority. She was an avid reader sparked by the sensational sexual romance books. She told us the books have gotten better over time!
When asked if they ever bore her, she said they never do … “it keeps one’s imagination very much alive when the rest of the body is nearly dead!”
Have you laughed today? What made you break out in laughter?
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Does your healthcare professional listen to you? Lost and found!
Have you ever found something and you tried to enlist others to help, but no one did? Just the thought that no one can be bothered is heartbreaking. Certainly, if most people were missing Read the rest of this entry »
Simple tips … reminders of additional paperwork
There is plenty of paperwork and financial obligations that continue while dealing with devastating injuries and illnesses. Do you and/or spouse or significant other own property? Are you paying life insurance premiums? Have you been paying cash for health care providers before insurance pays?
Expenses for your medical care and other expenses incurred from injury and illness are devastating. At a time when things are already difficult, you and your family are supposed to know all the ins-and-outs of a foreign concept …. Disability alone is difficult! Read the rest of this entry »
Laughter as brain injury medicine …. Where did that hour go?
Weeks ago we changed the clocks. Clocks were turned ahead by one hour. Atomic clocks automatically reset. Read the rest of this entry »
Simple tips for brain injury … exercise Part 2 of 2
Exercise, that seems like work! Even if you think you aren’t exercising, it’s likely you are. Are you doing any of the following? Read the rest of this entry »
Laughter as brain injury medicine … cold feet
It’s been a rainy spring 2013! Walking through the puddles reminds one during childhood when we’d run and jump in the fresh puddles on a warm spring day. It’s not been warm but Read the rest of this entry »
Simple tips for brain injury … exercise Part 1 of 2
Are you struggling to get on track to feeling your best? What is your best? Are you interested in becoming your healthiest and prefer avoiding the gym? Read the rest of this entry »
Relieved it’s not me … new what?
This isn’t an April Fool’s joke, but I wish it were!I was told this was a new step stool! Take a look at this picture. Unless it was a recent purchase from a thrift store it definitely is not a new step stool. It’s all about perception. Read the rest of this entry »
Simple tips … making it easier one day at a time with TBI
Do you have a written plan to help yourself or your loved one through the difficult days of TBI? One did not like telling others about having a bad day. They are just days in the lives of TBI. Others would refer to these days as “bad days”, but when you have chronic illness, injury, brain dysfunction, or TBI it’s just part of life. Read the rest of this entry »
Laughter as brain injury medicine … Are you sleeping?
Who needs sleep? Awe, one is finally having restful nights with adequate amount of sleep. You would think 4 out of 7 nights are good if you had a TBI, and to our standards I’m in the “good” range now! Read the rest of this entry »
Massachusetts General Hospital is researching the brain with the most powerful brain scans in the world. Video from BBC February 16, 2013 describes the newest technology and most advanced images of the brain and how it works. Read the rest of this entry »
Simple tips … enhancing one’s well-being with TBI, SCI, Chronic Illness and Aging Part 2 of 2
When one’s life changes, do others “accept” these changes? Can you return to previous employment Read the rest of this entry »
Laughter as brain injury medicine … not ready yet
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 Read the rest of this entry »
Treatment that changed TBI symptoms: Neuroendocrine complications in TBI Part 4
Neuroendocrine complications after TBI are identified in these posts as severe injuries to the brain. Degrees of brain injury may remain unknown since many traumatic brain injuries are commonly Read the rest of this entry »
Simple tips … enhancing one’s well-being with TBI, SCI, Chronic Illness and Aging Part 1 of 2
How can we improve awareness of self and others and enhance one’s well-being while dealing with traumatic brain and spinal cord injury, mental and physical illnesses, and the aging process?
Artistic and creative talent frequently emerges with Read the rest of this entry »
Simple tips: When YOU suddenly join the TBI club! Part 3 of 3
This is definitely a family affair! With gratitude Read the rest of this entry »
Laughter as brain injury medicine … where’s cell phone
Gosh, those small cell phones are easily misplaced. We pull them out to text, answer calls, take pictures, and various other things. What happens when Read the rest of this entry »
Treatment that changed TBI symptoms: Neuroendocrine complications of TBI Part 3
When your injury is believed to be in the hypothalamus what is next? How can the damage be determined in the hypothalamus? How are neuroendocrine functions measured? Read the rest of this entry »
Simple tips: When YOU suddenly join the TBI club! Part 2 of 3
No one knows their deficits until they are out of formal rehabilitation, when life Read the rest of this entry »
Laughter as brain injury medicine … fashion or not?
Is this fashion or not? We were visiting with friends and discussing attire from years ago. Three of us had similar life experiences, but Read the rest of this entry »