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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 »

 

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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 »

 

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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 »

 

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In the aftermath of terrorism … Who gets rehabilitation

In the aftermath of terrorism many questions remain.  Many people have lost what was “normal”.  They will be searching for a new normal.  Most will find that balance with help.  Are we ready to help in all the ways they need?  Who will get rehabilitation and what type of rehabilitation? Read the rest of this entry »

 

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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 »

 

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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 »

 

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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 »

 

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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 »

 

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Treatment that changed TBI symptoms: Neuroendocrine complications in TBI Part 2

Neuroendocrine complications are common with TBI but often remain undiagnosed and untreated wreaking havoc on survivors who struggle for answers. Neuroendocrine deficits begin in the Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Laughter as medicine … how loud is too loud

Have you ever sat in the same room with another and they appear to be watching the television?  Have you asked questions and they reply “Huh?”  Have you noticed Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Laughter as medicine … where is it

Sometimes life seems so serious and even the most obvious things are hard to provoke a good hearty laugh.  Laughing makes you feel better!  It takes fewer Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Is sleep a problem

Sleep is a common problem. Most people dealing with traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, ADD-ADHD, chronic medical conditions and injuries and more, have difficulty with sleep. I recommend  clicking on the highlighted red link to Sleep Struggles and Disorders for a comprehensive and quick list and easy to navigate.

This site has an extensive list of all types of sleep problems. Additions and deletions of articles will be maintained. Go to the bottom of the page and click and read the links you are interested.

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English: Diagram illustrating the influence of dark-light rythms on circadian rythms and related physiology and behavior. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

These Links about Sleep, Sleep Struggles & Disorders, ADD, Spectrum & Sleep, Circadian Rhythms, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), Apnea, Insomnia, Narcolepsy, Rarer Sleep Disorders, Other elements impacting sleep, Light, vision, and sleep … and more.

Please leave comments as you explore these links. What is helpful and what is not? How do these sleep disorders apply to your life and situation?

 

 

 

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Laughter as brain injury medicine … another day another year

I tried on and off all day to post a simple laughter note.  All I wanted to say Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Simple tips understanding injuries are very different … Part 2 of 2

Following the minor accident she sustained many symptoms.  Some of the problems she recalls are: memory problems, an inability to focus, poor judgement, poor financial decisions, unable to balance a checkbook, unable to compensate, unable to sleep, increase in pain, extreme fatigue, irritability, unable to be independent because of level of fatigue, required assistance to accomplish activities of daily living, profound confusion, and finally an inability to work at career that was her passion.

Most importantly, she was unable to care for herself and struggled to parent her daughters. She did not qualify for rehabilitation. Now she wonders why her brain didn’t qualify for rehabilitation, but her amputation was covered daily for several months!  Was her leg considered more valuable than

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Simple tips understanding injuries are very different … Part 1 of 2

How many have been compared to someone who have a visible injury? “Look how much someone can accomplish after they have lost limbs or have some other visible physical injuries.”  Is the frustration with brain injury Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Training the brain could help reduce pain

So many people have chronic pain and it seems like there’s no solution, or very little help.  Some things work, some times it works, but in between that time you are still plagued with pain. All people want is for their body to be comfortable…at least some of the time!

I’ve discovered this scientific news May 17, 2012 about the most recent findings of why there is chronic pain and what is happening in the brain.  This article really spells that out and also offers much hope.

If you suffer from any sort of pain, take the time to read this brief article from Science News. It offers better understanding into pain.

Training the brain could help reduce pain.

 

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