Some Long term effects of head injury
The presence of cognitive or personality problems have a large bearing on whether work is possible.
The problems may be quite subtle, yet have huge effects on a person’s life, so that they are no less disabling.
Identify your personal strengths and weaknesses and develop practical strategies to avoid them.
FOCUS ON STRATEGIES AND YOUR STRENGTHS
There is often personality change after traumatic brain injury (Tbi)
Read a good book by Martin van den Broek on Living with Head Injury
Here are some of m’s notes (very neat and decipherable unlike mine) and mine (brief) from a very traumatic time in our lives “many moons” ago… when we were trying desperately to “dig ourselves out of the mire”. I hope this information may be helpful to those struggling with these issues
c New Zealand
MY DIFFICULTIES (big)
* following conversations, especially when there are more than two people.
* doing two things simultaneously, eg writing down a phone message and talking , or simply walking and talking!
* retaining information
* joining clubs (I’m not a “clubbie person”)
*group situations – especially role-plays and feedback
* comprehension- both verbal and written – so I read aloud. Have difficulty in responding to questions
* telling prospective employers about my problem areas??
* fatigue (chronic), especially in the afternoons
Here are my notes (brief) from a very traumatic time in our lives “many moons” ago…
I can’t steer a discussion by introducing new ideas, or talk about concepts. I can only elaborate by adding facts (and not ideas) already learnt. Cannot follow ideas being put across. I have no recall of what was said, no matter how hard I concentrate. I can only recall if the info is something that I know “off pat” already. I have no ( can’t make) creative or abstract contributions.
I have difficulty in using, uttering long sentences, but can only give/impart facts learnt by rote. Can not answer questions, if they relate to the application of knowledge. I get by through talking vaguely and generally about anything, even if it’s off the subject matter
Short attention span. Think of reply and practice saying, but lose thread, because of slowq processing and “info overload”.
I was AMAZED how other people could put together a logical argument made up of a number of different ideas in an orderly sequence. I can only impart knowledge learnt by rote in a disjointed way.
I thought they were all so bright (even the school-leavers). At this work meeting/discussion I was totally relaxed without stress.
The only conversations I can follow are about information that I know already. All this observation and analysis followed a work discussion/meeting today.
For me these revelations were absolutely amazing, realizing that I had a “mental screen”, seeing other people (“normal”) receive and impart information and ideas, whereas with me they just seemed to bounce off my screen. For the first time I realised that I was the “abnormal” one and that they weren’t all geniuses. A “eureka moment”, when things began to make some sense in trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together… the many shattered pieces of our broken life.
C Australia September 1988
From my book A Journey from Darkness into the Light that I’m currently writing and may publish on Amazon today (a quick first draft)
“We share what we know, so that we all may grow.”
A JOURNEY FROM DARKNESS INTO THE LIGHT
by craig lock
A Journey from Darkness into the Light
Autobiography, memoirs, head injury, traumatic brain injury, TBI), hope, uplifting story, inspiration
Writing into the Light
Craig’s book Writing into the Light is now available at
and the Kindle edition at
A NEW DAWN, new hope in beautiful and tranquil “little” New Zealand
I came across this fine bit of writing, which I could closely relate to in those dark days in -. Diana’s words describe my feelings better than I could myself… so here they are…
“People speak glibly about life changing moments. Some truly qualify. You propose marriage and are accepted. You hear, ‘You’re hired’ or ‘You’re fired’ and your future shifts instantly. The doctor says ‘malignant’ (or something else life-changing) and everything is different. But anyone who has ever lived through it will tell you: It is profoundly shattering to learn, in one instant, that everything you thought was true about a loved one (my words: or perhaps your own life) is actually a lie. (Your entire world is turned upside down – what you thought about yourself, and what gave meaning to your life). The world rocks on its axis; when it is finally steady again, you are in a strange place that resembles, but is totally unlike the place you were in just a moment earlier.”
– fine and perceptive writing by Diana B Henriques from ‘Wizard of Lies; Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust’
From A Book Extract (as published in the New Zealand Herald)
And that’s exactly as m and I felt*, as we tried to absorb the words of the …
* Shattered and Broken!
The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” (includingWriting into the Light ) are available at :http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4
All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children –
Don’t worry about the world ending today…
it’s already tomorrow in “little scenic and tranquil” New Zealand
from my Wordpres blogs at
“Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials…and strive for and perhaps one sunny day even achieve their wildest dreams.”