When one sustains a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), it not only changes his or her life from that point on, but also changes the lives of his or her family members. It is for this reason that it is claimed that when a TBI happens, it happens to the entire family. Family involvement is inevitable after a loved one endures a TBI. The level of family involvement needed however, depends on the severity and nature of the TBI that was obtained by the loved one.
ALL TBI SURVIVORS AND CARE GIVERS NEED TO KNOW that improvement is possible, even years later. It always amazes me the amount of healing that can take place in the...Read more »
One thing that has confused me since my TBI is empathy. I want everyone to have it and forgive me when I'm rude, forgetful, and overwhelmed. More than anything, I...Read more »
Being disabled is not fun! A car collision for me in 2000 resulted in a coma, fractured C1-C4 vertebrae, a Traumatic Brain Injury, and one and a half years...Read more »
Writing for families gets little support or recognition in clinical and academic circles. It’s time to rethink biases and disincentives that leave families uninformed and searching for information about brain...Read more »
The autobiography of Brain Injury Survivor and five time cross country charity bicyclist Mike Heikes. Mike formed "helmets For Kids", giving away thousands of free helmets. It tells how Mike...Read more »
As I write this, the calendar says July 5, 2013, but my mind is pulled back to July 5, 1998. That’s because my husband Alan suffered the massive heart attack...Read more »
This week I had the pleasure of being a guest of Kim Justus, host of the Recovery Now show, on Brain Injury Radio. Kim is a brain injury survivor and...Read more »
My wheelbarrow tire suddenly goes flat. With the spring thaw, dirt and debris to be loaded on and carted around, not good timing. What to do? What turns out is a...Read more »
Since my accident, I’ve taken up an interest in nuclear physics. That alone is a bit of an oddity. Most of your Kids don’t realize that all the matter that...Read more »
Four years ago, I survived two Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries, one from a car accident in which I was broadsided while idling at a stoplight. My driver’s side and curtain...Read more »
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I have just written a book: Lost & Found: a survivor’s guide for reconstructing life after brain injury; a strategy guide for brain injury survivors. One of the biggest challenges I had writing in this book was keeping up with our ever-evolving increasingly technical world. When I began putting together materials for the brain injury survivor support group I have facilitated for many years, which is how the book began to develop, very few people had computers at home, no one had a cell phone-never mind a “smart phone”, there were no GPS systems for our cars, we used music cassettes – not CD’s or I Pods, and renting a movie from the video store to play at home on your VCR was a treat for the weekend.
Traumatic Brain Injury Improvement through Motivation – Jarvis Rehabilitation Method. The manual is a method to create internal motivation for improvement after a traumatic brain injury. These are specific strategies to maximize improvement in the Social, Cognitive, Physical, and Psychological Dimensions of engagement with life. Included are guiding principles and a specific plan for improvement. The Survivor records objectives, goals, and progress on Improvement Charts in each Dimension. Progress is measured and individualized for each survivor through monthly coaching sessions.
So many things in life give us joy. From precious babies and newborn animals to music, painting, photography, sculpting, gardening, mountain climbing and cooking, people experience joy. When you suffer a loss, it snuffs the joy out of your life and it makes it difficult to put a smile on your face.
In earlier posts, I’ve shared skills for family caregivers during the seasons or stages of crisis, hospital homecoming, and the “new normal.” Many people who sustain a brain injury live for many years. At the same time, older people are being diagnosed with brain injuries from falls, accidents, strokes, and other diseases. Aging with brain injury is the subject of much research and interest in the brain injury community now.
So many things there are to enjoy when moving back up to this NE Nebraska neck of the woods. One of the pleasures is going to church and seeing a grown family. Actually, because I’m well past my 30th year to heaven, nearly double, I might add, I savor the church as a cherished reminiscence: a choir loft and church bells that were rung almost religiously on Sunday (something they’ve stopped doing for some unknown reason). How excited I was to get the order from Father Gately, looking down at me with kind Irish eyes, to go ring the church bells and how one time, a swarm of wasps flew en masse out of the belfry and attacked another altar boy and me.
Getting organized and being able to complete multiple tasks is often a real challenge for a person who has sustained a brain injury. It is extremely disheartening when they previously could juggle a dozen things at once to not being able to complete one task, let alone two.
Like a wand searching for water, a divining rod, is it not unusual for the brain injured to return to the scene of the crime? One chapter ends while another one begins.
The return to school is right around the corner! While parents may be looking forward to children returning to the routine of school, the expenses of clothes and supplies can often be challenging. Here are a few ideas to help take the strain out of your wallet:
We often need the support and loyalty of our family and friends. This holds true, perhaps even more so, when an individual and their family endures an injury, illness, death or other life transition.
A key element in healing physically, emotionally and even spiritually is that we need to activate a support system. Our personal network of support includes friends, family, extended family, co-workers and acquaintances. They rally around us to offer their company, food, help, and good wishes when we need it.