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Laughter as brain injury medicine …. gas up

Laughter is powerful and healing.  Being observant of others and our surroundings can bring laughter of things we or others do.  You pulled up to the gas pump to fill up.  One goes in to pick up coffee and tea while the other fills the car with gas.  The line to McDonald’s is long.  On the way out one notices Read the rest of this entry »


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Laughter as Brain injury medicine … smoothies anyone?

Laughter as brain injury medicine makes life easier.  Have you ever offered someone Read the rest of this entry »


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Laughter as brain injury medicine … you didn’t step in that did you?

Ever seen those signs “No shirt, No shoes, No admittance!” Read the rest of this entry »



Laughter as brain injury medicine … Did you get your check

Life seems so financially driven.  Everything is about profit.  What happens if you are concerned about another and want to check on them?

Being concerned about another’s safety and well being it was vital that someone do a welfare check.  One made a report to make sure they were safe. They were informed of my concern and they picked up the report.

As they read it they noted that I requested a “welfare check”.  Being that this person was a concrete thinker he assumed a “welfare check” meant something far from safety and concern.

English: LOL

English: LOL (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A “check” meant money.  His psychologist asked him to explain what they thought a “welfare check” was.  His interpretation was a check of “X” number of dollars.

When that person saw their psychologist they stated “they are after my money”.  They sent someone to do a “welfare check”.   The psychologist  informed the person that a “welfare check” was to make sure they were safe and it had nothing to do with “finances or money”.

I can see how “check” could have a double meaning.  Sometimes it’s hard for others to believe someone is caring enough to check on safety and well-being.  Life really isn’t all about money.

He learned a “welfare check” is a good thing, and others do care.   Every time he writes a check he thinks of the “welfare check” that had no monetary value.  He wonders if the people who do “welfare checks” also write “checks” to pay his bills?  He believes that would also be a form of “welfare check”, as it takes alot of stress off a person!  He has a point!

Have you tried to help someone and they totally misinterpreted your good faith?

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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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Laughter as brain injury medicine … The turkey did it

Laughter makes healing easier.  Everyday is an adventure in this home.  Which Thanksgiving would you prefer for dinner?  This Thanksgiving was likely the first following my injury, November 1992.  Dinner was in the oven and smoke filled the house. Read the rest of this entry »


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Laughter is the best brain injury medicine … Thanksgiving dinner the vegetarian style

Over the years I have learned to compensated with precision.  To have a holiday dinner Read the rest of this entry »


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Laughter as brain injury medicine … Changing times

Stop and spend a little time laughing.  At times life is too serious.  What time is it anyway?


America changes from daylight savings time to standard time and vice versa in the Spring and Fall seasons.  We all remember phrases “Fall Back” or “Spring Ahead?”   Turn the clocks back one hour in the Fall and turn ahead an hour in Spring.  

When do you change the clocks? What month? What week? It’s always Sunday morning at 2:00 am, but

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Laughter as brain injury medicine – Where did they go

Laughter helps the body, mind and soul heal.  It seems like life has so many twists and turns, is unpredictable daily, and we find ourselves walking around aimlessly many days in our own homes. What happens when you visit a cemetery of a loved one when all the plots look the same and a long time has passed since one was able to visit? Read the rest of this entry »


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Laughter as brain injury medicine – Are you hot and looking for a fan?

Laughter helps promote healing in so many ways.  Life’s challenges with brain injury, dysfunction, chronic illnesses and other injuries are all life altering events.  Sometimes it’s very difficult to find humor in the midst of these changes but it’s important to have laughter to remain healthy.  Sometimes what one perceives as being humorous is not necessarily funny to another.  Enjoy the hot and cold of this week’s laughter time! Read the rest of this entry »


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Laughter as brain injury medicine – Permanent Hairdo?

A Day in My Life. Keep Smiling!

Brain injury survivors need to laugh at the things that happen.  Even some of the most difficult times can be funny…at least when you reflect on what happened.  Communication difficulty of various degrees occur with brain injury.  This situation is an unfortunate communication barrier. I give details surrounding the situation so others can better understand what happens in the lives of brain injured survivors. Read the rest of this entry »


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