Post-trauma, you find out that the future is not what it seems. And, while each head injury has its own unique compass, our main goal is to get back on our feet. However, recovery—even years later—can be meted out in tiny doses.
For me, just out of the hospital, I remember how I had a tough time remembering the names of my younger sisters in order. I’d call Jean, Jenny or Beth, Amy, or vice versa.
I have some very good friends in Mexico and a couple of them volunteered to help me learn the language, so I started my first Spanish lesson today. It was a simple lesson, just to learn the alphabet. It seemed to go well, I made notes and made up my mind that I am going to study hard so that I can communicate with my neighbors here in Mexico.
Brain injury can affect many areas of the brain involved in thinking, learning, remembering. and communicating. Cognitive rehabilitation aims to restore those abilities as much as possible, or teach the survivor strategies to compensate in new ways.
Cognitive rehab usually starts in the hospital or out-patient setting. But that’s just the beginning. Healing and recovering from a brain injury can take a long time. Many people can continue to make progress in specific ways for months and years after a brain injury with ongoing treatment, motivation, and practice.
Hi! My name is Marie Cooney, and I am very proud to have the opportunity to start blogging regularly for Lash and Associates Publishing. I have survived, not one, but two Traumatic Brain Injuries.
We use the words bereavement (or bereaved) and grieving and mourning interchangeably, as though they all mean the same thing. They don’t.
To be bereaved is to be “deprived of a close relation or friend through their death.” In other words, it is the event or “the call” ~ it is what has happened to you that caused you to lose someone or something.
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month and Lash and Associates has an ongoing commitment to create awareness about sports and concussions.
Have you noticed that living with brain injury sometimes involves contradictions and inconsistencies? My husband Alan had a severe anoxic brain injury following a cardiac arrest. When friends asked how Alan was doing in his recovery my answers often started with,” Well on one hand…”
As a person with a brain injury, you have been hurt and traumatized by something most people haven’t experienced and can’t really understand. Whether your brain injury is the result of an accident, surgery, infection, military service, violence, stroke, medical emergency, or any other cause, you now must deal with a number of challenges you never imagined.
My son Brian, a 20-year-old college sophomore, sustained a brain injury in a car accident in July of 1985. Brian decided to go to the beach at 2 a.m. with a friend, after drinking too many beers and smoking marijuana. In the pre-dawn hours, still miles from Ocean City, he fell asleep at the wheel.
There are many experiences in life that cause us to grieve. Generally, we think grief results from someone’s death. Certainly, death is a cause for grief; however, it is not the only way to experience loss. Divorce, separation, transitional losses (e.g. moving to a new community), and developmental losses (e.g. children leaving home) are also ways in which we can experience loss