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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.

RICO REMINDS ME… I am loved!

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I wasn’t planning on getting another dog, that fine June day, when I found Rico. Or maybe it is better to say when Rico found me. “No dog is better than the wrong dog,” I tried to explain to Katie, a young teenager, who didn’t quite believe me. Her mother, Sheila, had tried to explain to Katie that I was very serious and that she should NOT pressure me to get another dog. Somehow, Katie did not really believe her mother or me.

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The Importance of Family and Friends

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When our son was born severely brain injured, it felt as if our world had crumbled. Every dream we had had for him was put on hold. Instead, we had new hurdles to climb and they weren’t going to be easy.

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Relationship Perspectives

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To gain a perspective is to gain another point of view. In a relationship, it is important that we try to understand where the other person is coming from or where they are at in their life. Seeking to understand first before being understood is a challenge for most people, but if you can approach a situation from this angle, I guarantee you will gain a new perspective.

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Eight Tips for Caregivers in the “New Normal” Stage after Brain Injury

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Family caregivers move through several seasons or stages as their loved one progresses through treatment in the intensive care unit, to inpatient rehabilitation, and finally back home. But we know that’s only a new beginning- not a finish line. Each stage comes with its own emotional responses and tasks to master. Fortunately, there are skills and strategies that a caregiver can learn to help maintain his/her own health, and make the job easier.

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Seizures after Brain Injury

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5:56 am 9:52 am 4:40 pm 1 minute to 1.45+ minutes

These were the times Samuel had seizures yesterday and for how long.

They started early in the morning at home and continued the rest of the day. They were full clonic tonic seizures just like before.

The change this time was there were 3 in less than 12 hours, he took longer to regain consciousness and he was throwing up the first two.

Our family doctor got through to our Winnipeg doctors and it was decided that Sam’s med’s would be increased (thankfully we had room to move there) and that only if he seizures again after this will we go to Winnipeg.

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Ten Tips for Caregivers in the “Multiple Transitions” Stage

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Family caregivers move through several seasons or stages as their loved one progresses through treatment in the intensive care unit, to inpatient rehabilitation, and finally back home. But we know that’s only a new beginning- not a finish line. Each stage comes with its own emotional responses and tasks to learn.

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After Brain Injury: How do YOU survive life

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As moms and dads, we tend to worry about what our kids will be like when they grow up. Are we doing a good job now? Will they appreciate things that we do now, later in life? Am I doing this right? I have people ask me all the time “how do you do it!?” My answer is ‘usually with lots of prayer’… but when it comes down to it… I don’t even know if I AM ‘doing it’. Most days I wonder …

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What Tucker Taught Me After Brain Injury

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On June 29, 2005, I sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) while working as a stagehand and setting up for a Santana concert. My whole life changed in one quick second as my feet left the stage, my head hit the cement floor below, and my whole body went into seizures. Then everything stopped. Many of my friends and co-workers thought I was dead. But I survived! I am still surviving.

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Write Your Own Story – It’s Your Brain Injury

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People often tell me they would like to write a book or an article about their personal story. The problem is they don’t know where to begin. Writing a book is a tremendous undertaking and putting together an article is challenging too. However, keep your eye on the prize because there is power in your story… power to heal you and to inspire others. Below are some suggestions to help you get started:

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Why Jeffrey

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When our son, Jeffrey, was born severely brain injured it absolutely rattled our world. We had no indication anything was wrong during the pregnancy. Everything was as it should be. (Utimately, it was a doctor’s error during delivery that was to blame…) Perhaps the greatest challenge to us following Jeffrey’s birth was to learn to stay positive. In the beginning, I remember how often I cried. I sobbed when I saw other kids cooing in strollers. I cried when I saw a parent be too rough with his child in the supermarket. I even cried when I took a bath at night. I just couldn’t imagine how something so dreadful had happened to our little boy. The doctors were never optimistic. We found doctors’ appointments to be extrememly hard to prepare for. We knew the prognosis for our little guy would be far from positive.

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