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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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Tornadoes touchdown in same place as May 3, 1999

We’ve cancelled our plans for the week to gather with sibling in OKC, OK.  They survived May 3, 1999 and we believe they are safe.  Maybe they are homeless again, but hopefully safe! We will do the Memorial Day Veteran’s parade another year.

Plans can unravel in a split second when catastrophe happens.  There are no plans more important than life, health and survival. Our new plan will be the same as it was May 3, 1999 … sending blankets, sheets, and medical supplies. Sometimes things happen on a personal level.  This is one of those times! Read the rest of this entry »

 

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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 »

 

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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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Medications that help but what it takes to get them Part 1 of 2

The roles everyone plays in helping patients get their medications can mean the difference Read the rest of this entry »

 

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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 »

 

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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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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 »

 

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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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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 »

 

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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 »

 

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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 »

 

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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 »

 

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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 »

 

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Do you think you should be feeling better? You should! Dr. Charles Parker , a Neuroscientist, psychiatrist, and author of two books is offering a free webinar March 14th 6-8 pm (eastern time). This includes an interactive session and expert advice of “brain science”, including TBI along with ADD.

This neuroscientist starts getting a biological profile to determine balance with neurotransmitters, hormones, and trace minerals. Read the comment about a gentleman who improved after 18 years. It sounds like a very similar story to mine.

With advances like this, TBI symptoms could possibly be managed with the quality of life improving drastically. Let’s all keep pushing for quality and searching for the proper professionals. One of his books “Deep Recovery” focuses on “labels” during recovery/rehabilitation and where the focus should be during evaluation, assessment and treatment for adequate care.

I truly believe signing up for this Shindig will be an educational opportunity no one wants to miss. What do you think about the research, and possible improvement in TBI symptoms and quality of life?

 

ADD . . . and-so-much-more

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Find out how much better you COULD be doing — directly from Dr. Charles Parker

 by Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
An article in the ADD Advocacy Series

THIS is your shot – free of charge

As I said on an earlier post,Dr. Charles Parkerfellow ADD advocate, is one of the physician crusaders for specificity – of diagnosis and of treatment approaches – and he will be at your service on March 14th, 2013, no matter where you are in the world, at no charge whatsoever.

Neuroscientist, adult and child psychiatrist, Dr Parker is the originator of CorePsych, and the creator of an amazing amount of high-value webcontent in various formats on the CorePsych Blog.

He is also the author of two books containing information you…

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Laughter as brain injury medicine … what’s your credit card number

I was recently helping someone get a copy of birth certificate.  The only way to order the certificate in advance was to pay by credit card.  I put Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Treatment that changed TBI symptoms Part 1

Who would ever think after nearly two decades … precisely 18 1/2 years one would get their life back?  Was it answer to prayer?  Was it prayer that kept one alive?  With certainty, it was both. This treatment and diagnosis is common to traumatic brain injury. Sadly, most do not know about it.  I did not know about it. Many TBI patients, families and even healthcare professionals do not know it. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Saturday photo: Horizon

It’s a different view from across America!  In Wyoming cold with daily sunshine in winter months! Can you see the brightness of life? See the beauty of winter?  Enjoy sunshine when things appear bleak?  There is always light and hope when you search for it.

Always a ray of sunshine somewhere!

Always a ray of sunshine somewhere!

 

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Laughter as brain injury medicine … Eyes

Time to laugh at our daily frustrations.  Laughter helps heal the body and soul. Have you looked throughout your surroundings and couldn’t find what you just had?  How Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Slightly dysfunctional circumstances surrounding TBI

How dysfunctional is one’s family?  Dysfunctional is a common term in healthcare and the general population.  There is NO perfect family. Every family is dysfunctional.  It’s just the degree of dysfunction that occurs.  Slightly dysfunctional, or slightly in denial? Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Saturday photo day: Warm body and warm heart

Bundle up and stay warm in the cold weather.  Don’t forget to keep your pets warm too!   This is the life of comfort, warmth and love!

Even man's best friend doesn't mind the cold!  Just keep them warm!

Even man’s best friend doesn’t mind the cold!
Just keep them warm!

 

 

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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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The hardest work ever

English: A subarachnoid hemorrhage.

Just a brief over view what happened during the years of recovery.  I struggled daily with only energy for 3 to 4 hours every day.  All my life before this injury I use to sleep not more than 3 or 4 hours a night.  I did not have time to sleep.  I was simply too busy.  I worked, and I worked hard! Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Simple tips understanding brain injury: food for thought

Recovery from brain injury prognosis is better when younger.  Prognosis is always best with proper rehabilitation.  Is ongoing rehabilitation 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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Saturday is Photo Day: Appreciating simple things through photo memories!

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Awe Winter … Where White is Beautiful from Indoors Looking Out!

It’s time to keep beautiful memories alive!  Yes, it’s cold outside … but what’s more delightful than snuggling up by the fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa or roasting marshmallows indoors and making smores?

How many states don’t get snow? None.  Even Hawaii may get a little snow periodically.  Every state has recorded snowfall at one time or another, albeit rare in several states.  In 2011 there was snowfall in 49 of 50 states simultaneously … a record breaker!

 

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Simple tips … organizing and helping in the kitchen after brain injury

The kitchen is an area that can create significant chaos when things get put away in the wrong place.  It’s distressing to those Read the rest of this entry »

 

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