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 »
Tag Archives: Brain Injury
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 »
Have you laughed today? Many times we say things that are innocent but Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
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 »
When one’s life changes, do others “accept” these changes? Can you return to previous employment Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
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
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 »
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?
Shortly after we began moving … and we are still moving 6 months later! I just Read the rest of this entry »
How do you measure how much noise is too much? I’d say this was too much
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 »
Have you had an increase in symptoms and can not Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »