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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 »

 

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Loving and living with someone when they have Cerebral Palsy, Seizures, and Brain Dysfunction (Part 6 Series)

Cognitive deficits … overwhelmed & problem solving

People with cognitive deficits usually become overwhelmed after misplacing or difficulty Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Loving and living with someone when they have Cerebral Palsy, Seizures, and Brain Dysfunction (Part 3 of Series)

Brain injury, intelligence, rigidity, moving

She is intelligent and has developed many ways to compensate by using the computer.  Her physical activity 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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Laughter as Brain Injury Medicine … Silly comments or questions

Have you laughed today?  Many times we say things that are innocent but 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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March is Brain Injury Awareness Month: Causes of Brain Injury

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Two types of brain injury are Traumatic brain injury and Acquired brain injury 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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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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Do not get that towel wet

A friend and I went to the local recreation center to try some water exercise.  This was her first time following 7 brain surgeries. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Simple tips understanding how disorganization can be disruptive: comparing ADD and brain injury

Keeping organized is essential to recovery from brain injury.  Clutter overwhelms the brain and may cause Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Simple tips to taking back control and saving relationships after injury Part 1 of 2

If you are depending on others to help get you through the early phases after brain injury, illness or other health issues remember to keep these dependencies temporary.  Take back control and do all the things you can do for yourself providing you stay safe.  Put fear behind you. Don’t let fear control you.  Don’t depend, join in and attend life! Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Laughter as brain injury medicine … Is there a difference between guardrails and handrails

I was talking with another person recovering from brain injury when she was describing how her shower and home was adapted to meet special needs.  She was paralyzed on the right side and could not speak.  She knew exactly what 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 helping others

At times life seems complicated and everything one does just does not make sense.  You get up and look in the mirror.  You consider yourself fortunate that you’ve survived … sometimes! Because of the superficial society no one understands what life is truly like.  You look good,  must be nothing wrong! That couldn’t be any further from the truth!

Appearance is the one thing that most those who traumatic brain injury, aging, chronic illness, and mental illness can control.  They take pride in their appearance when out in public.  Often it is the only thing under one’s control.

How many have been told to look how much someone can accomplish after they have lost limbs or have some other physical injuries?  Is the frustration with brain injury justifiable?  Is losing a limb comparable to brain injury?  Next two “Simple Tip Posts”  is a situation from someone who experienced both. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Everyday

I was touched to read that some people think brain injury can simply be put aside and life goes on. Life does go on, but in whatever direction the brain takes you. Every day is a challenge and it does not help when others do not understand. I don’t want others to learn either, because it can be torture. Brain injury is not easy, it’s not a choice of how you want your day to unfold, it’s the unpredictable paths a damaged brain takes one on and is not under voluntary control. If it were voluntary, we’d all be better! This young woman clearly helps others along her own difficult journey. She’s an inspiration to so many with traumatic brain injury and also has an on-line support group. Is this something you endure daily or even understand?

 

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Laughter is brain injury medicine … Where are you

Shortly after we began moving … and we are still moving 6 months later!  I just Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Lost & Found: What Brain Injury Survivors Want You to Know

I found this information at Broken Brilliant and copied it here so all my readers can print it off and help educate those around you.  This is excellent advice for friends and family from a TBI survivor and support group leader. You can also click on the link below to find the original article. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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You are not alone Part 4 of 4

I have been listening to my readers and know ABUSE is rampant among people with brain injuries, chronic illnesses and the aging population.  It begins with a form of manipulation on these easily targeted vulnerable Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Simple tips … Where have all your friends gone Part 2 of 3

There is so much no one knows about brain injury, but the basics are explained to the family.  They always give the worst case scenario!  Families are told Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Laughter is the best medicine with brain injury — How much is too much noise

How do you measure how much noise is too much? I’d say this was too much

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You are not alone Part 2 of 4

If you go into work and do your best, there is NO room to worry about mistakes. Humans are not flawless, but there are boundaries that need to be set.  Revealing mistakes is human and can Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Simple tips … balancing act of symptoms and problem solving

Have you had an increase in symptoms and can not Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Laughter is the best brain injury medicine … what are you doing there

Imbalance is common with brain injuries, chronic illness and aging.  Falling is embarrassing.  Rather then asking for help or looking like an idiot most of us compensate in different ways. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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Parents with a special needs child

As I walked behind a young mother with the most adorable little girl it brought back memories.  These memories are heartbreaking and satisfying at the same time.  Read the rest of this entry »

 

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New cell phone changes…a week in TBI survivor’s life (Part 2 of 2)

This is a continuation of another frustrating week in a TBI survivor’s life after two decades.  The struggle is ongoing.  By reading this I hope you will reach out and help someone you know instead of passing judgment.  This is an attempt to help educate others as to what happens behind closed doors with an invisible injury Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Laughter as brain injury medicine – just another day

I worked diligently to create a post for today.  I simply can’t find it.  I have no idea what happened to it, or where I put it.  That’s the story of my life!  I’ve also been searching for my brain for nearly two decades, so I better just call it another day! Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Laughter as brain injury medicine…Forgot how you looked before leaving the house

Laughter as brain injury medicine is healing for the heart, soul and mind.  Here I believe others will find themselves or someone they know in similar situations and laugh instead of cry! Read the rest of this entry »

 

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