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badge2Living with brain injury, whether it is caused by a traumatic injury, stroke, tumor, infection, or illness, is a lifelong journey for survivors, families, and caregivers. The Brain Injury Blog is about more than the care, treatment and rehabilitation of those who survive brain injury. It is about the journey of brain injury from the perspectives of those who live with it as well as those who provide care, treatment and support. Survival is just the first step in living with brain injury. Please join us in the journey of hope after brain injury.

The Importance of Routine

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Routines are important for everyone, including business people, children, entrepreneurs, artists and writers, parents and individuals in rehabilitation. Everyone resists routines at some time or other – that’s part of the human experience. This happens because a person feels like he or she is in a rut or that they just need a break from the daily hustle bustle. Nonetheless, they return to a routine, albeit one that may be varied or altered from the previous one.

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More Than One Injured Party After Brain Injury

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Three years ago, as most of you know, our second born son, Sam, was injured in a freak gun accident. He was at his grandparents farm with his older brother, Josh, target shooting and Sam brought his gun up too fast and hit himself in the head with the scope. This caused him to become dazed and drop his gun which discharged and shot him in the head. That was our first injured…

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To Counter Burnout, One Must be Rekindled after Brain Injury

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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.

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Lost and Found After Brain Injury

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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.

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Twelve Skills for Caregivers and Survivors Aging with Brain Injury

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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.

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Memories after Brain Injury

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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.

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Return to the Scene of the Crime After Brain Injury

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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.

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Back to School on a Budget

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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:

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Support System

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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.

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Caregiver Goals

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It is summer and the heat wave that has covered the United States makes it harder for the elderly and people with chronic health and respiratory issues. I drove home from an appointment today in 102 degree heat. The car always registers a bit hotter, but my neighbor said her car read the same. The humidity sucks the breathe right out of you.

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