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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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Mother-in-law moves in

Nearly everyone has a mother-in-law story.  I encourage everyone to remain independent and in their own homes.  This doesn’t mean they can’t participate in outside functions, attend family activities or have special outings with friends.  A little help is all others need.

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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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Simple tips how to organize bedroom closet and drawers after traumatic brain injury

Keeping organized is essential to good mental and physical health.  Organization conserves Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Service dogs and veterans

Short video on service dogs and veterans.  Dogs are known to be therapeutic with those suffering physical or mental illness.  They also add to pleasurable days for everyone.  Having a pet is a healthy choice! All dogs regardless of breed or schooling … are service dogs in their own right!

Service dogs identify a need by the handler, and both need to be respected by the public.  People should be cautiously aware the handler is challenged and needs assistance.

CNN Hero:  Mary Cartoni

Short video on service dogs and veterans

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US Navy 101118-F-5586B-144 Marine Sgt. Brian Jarrell pets his dog (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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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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Both sides to this scenario: physician and receptionist versus patient

Do the physicians really know what’s happening at the front desk?  Is it the patient that has the problem?  Is it the receptionist’s problem?  Usually Read the rest of this entry »

 

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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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Long-term problems of head-injury

Here is a glimpse into the reality of brain injury.  Another TBI patient has shared this clear and concise writing about brain injury.  It was stated that the information was written by a physician, but I do not have the author’s name.  You will find by reading this that it’s a “snapshot into your troubled reality following brain injury”.   Read the rest of this entry »

 

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

It’s never too late to change.  If you have a new or old injury make sure you are doing what you can for yourself.  You need to focus on the things you can do.  Evaluate the things you might be able to do, and try to do these things.  Repetition brings success. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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2007 Christmas family gathering where most people wouldn’t expect

It’s the holiday season and reminders of years past.  It’s bad enough that my subarachnoid hemorrhage occurred December 22, 1991 … a date I will never forget and left my life and my immediate family’s altered forever!  What comes to mind now is Christmas time 2007! 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 is the best brain injury medicine … just one childhood moment with friend

With all the sadness in the world, it’s time to laugh again! Have you ever done something as a child you never told your parents about? What was the motivation for doing it? Children are innocent and they have memories their parents Read the rest of this entry »

 

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If I could have, I would have … The Caring Children Program

In 1990 and 1991 two nurses from Cleveland, Ohio  health systems founded programs that taught children several levels of health in the elementary school setting. The  “Caring Children Program was taught in the classroom and other community settings as a team effort with nurses and children. Teaching focused on preventive health, education and understanding through hands-on skills and active participation. 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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Laughter as brain injury medicine … what did I ask for?

So many times those with brain injury use the wrong words, but was this really miscommunication or just a mistake? Read the rest of this entry »

 

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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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NHBPM – Doing My Own Prompt Today – Chronic Illness Links

NHBPM – Doing My Own Prompt Today – Chronic Illness Links.

This is an impressive site with well written articles and several links pertaining to chronic illness.  Take some time to review the related links on this post.  I personally reviewed all the links thoroughly except one, which was not of interest to me but may be to others. These are all educational links and contain well-written materials. Tell me what you think?

 

 

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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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You are not alone Part 3 of 4

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Simple tips … Where have all your friends gone Part 1 of 3

You are finally getting your life back in order. You are alert and oriented, don’t feel like much and yet so much has changed. The world 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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In Memory of Kate Kelly a pioneer in ADD/ADHD…brain injury

Kate Kelly, a pioneer in ADD/ADHD brain dysfunction passed away.  She devoted her life, determined and committed educating with on-line videos, programs and co-authoring a best seller You Mean I’m Not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy? 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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You are not alone…Part 1 of 4

Even after 21 years, I still find plans difficult to make and goals difficult to reach, but it is possible. Daily life remains unpredictable. There are ongoing daily detours, but I challenge myself to find another path.  Often this path is not one I would choose, but 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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