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From My Perspective

A book by Gill Carruthers   shared from my friend Jackie’s web site https://brainheadinjury.wordpress.com/2016/12/31/i-just-came-across-this-book-on-the-net-so-thought-id-share/   https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N0W8GPB and https://www.amazon.com/dp/1541386388/   enjoy

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Living with Head Injury

http://www.livingwithheadinjury.wordpress.com “You live the experience, daily… and that’s why you can write (so much) about it” – m (a medical professional) from http://www.traumaticbraininjurytbi.wordpress.com   “Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from doing what you can do…best!” “I refuse … Continue reading

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Climbing the Everest Within

“The Hidden Handicap” (or “The Silent Epidemic”, as it is often called) https://headbraininjury.wordpress.com/category/head-brain-injury/ https://headbraininjury.wordpress.com/tag/head-injury/page/2/ https://headbraininjury.wordpress.com/tag/medical-information/ and   https://headbraininjury.wordpress.com/category/chronic-fatigue/ from http://www.livingwithheadinjury.wordpress.com   picture from https://livingwithheadbraininjury.wordpress.com/2018/02/06/when-faced-with-a-mountain-i-will-not-quit/ “We share what we know, so that we all may grow.” picture from   . https://climbingmountainsandchasingdreams.wordpress.com/ “Together, one … Continue reading

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“Do not let what you can do stop you from doing what you can do…best.” – me “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt from http://secondchancetolive.wordpress.com/2014/07/01/traumatic-brain-injury-limitations-and-hope/ “Just because a brain has been damaged, … Continue reading

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Concussion Fatigue: It’s Different Also see an excellent resource at http://www.tbiguide.com/ PPS “Don’t not let us what we can’t do stop us from doing what we can do…best.” -me “Together, one mind, one soul, one life, one small step at … Continue reading

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“Just because a brain has been damaged, does NOT necessarily have to affect the human mind…and so the quality and height of our thoughts!”

“Just because a brain has been damaged, does NOT necessarily have to affect the human mind…and so the quality and height of our thoughts!”– craig

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Compare it (your head) to a jelly in a bowl. The bowl is the skull – a strong, protective container – and the jelly (the brain) is nestled within. The skull is able to withstand many types of blows; but the brain is vulnerable to sudden swirling or rotating movements. Shake the bowl and see what happens to the jelly.”

“Compare it (your head) to a jelly in a bowl. The bowl is the skull – a strong, protective container – and the jelly (the brain) is nestled within. The skull is able to withstand many types of blows; but … Continue reading

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Some Cognitive Effects of Head Injury

SOME COGNITIVE EFFECTS OF HEAD INJURY:

by Craig Lock

“Compare it (your head) to a jelly in a bowl. The bowl is the skull – a strong, protective container – and the jelly (the brain) is nestled within. The skull is able to withstand many types of blows; but the brain is vulnerable to sudden swirling or rotating movements. Shake the bowl and see what happens to the jelly.”
– Dr Don Mackie, Emergency Specialist(in New Zealand)

This extract (in note form) is from a chapter from my manuscript titled MY STORY, MY DREAM Also LIVING WITH HEAD (BRAIN) INJURY (from ‘MY STORY’)

and his latest WHO WANTS TO BE NORMAL ANYWAY
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LIVING WITH HEAD INJURY: What It Feels Like to Have A Head Injury?

LIVING WITH HEAD INJURY: WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO HAVE A HEAD INJURY?

THE EFFECTS OF HEAD INJURY
There are many misconceptions and a great lack of understanding about this condition, so here is some general information that I hope may be able to help others.
Extreme fatigue. This is my area of greatest difficulty and has shaped my entire adult life (from age 15). I wake up every morning feeling very tired and washed-out. Heavy -headed…and have felt like this all my life. So I do my most demanding “work” involving thinking early in the morning and structure my day around this. I am typing this at 5.45 am. (my “best time of the day”)
Apparently neurosurgeons say that the effects of fatigue can prevent many highly-intelligent head-injured people from functioning fully in the formal work force. Doctors don’t even understand… so how can employers be expected to? Many people assume head injured people to be simply lazy, whereas they are just conserving energy (well how else could they avoid making judgments, when people with head injuries look so normal). That’s why it’s often referred to as “the hidden handicap”.
I get very easily muddled- so break little tasks down. Often wonder what to do with two pieces of paper in my hand. Even putting one piece of paper away, then doing the next.

I always wondered why I never spoke much in class after my accident. I had great difficulty in telling a story (even a short one) geting muddled and confused, so I kept quiet. This is called “mild dypsphasia”. I find that I communicate way better through writing… so that’s what I do.
The only way I can tell a joke or do a short presentation in my working life is by rote and repetition… and this is the method I’ve used all my life. I found it difficult telling long stories and Marie always helped me, so I was very to the point.

I had a closed head injury of what is called the ‘acceleration’ or ‘decelleration’ type. This results in my poor balance, coordination and weakness in my left side. Now let us look at the most significant physical effects of head injury.
I had great difficulty in dealing with shapes and sizes, as evidenced by the tests in Perth measuring visual-spatial ability. But I’m nothing like as bad as Michael Crawford in the British comedy series ‘”Some Mothers do ‘ave ’em”, when he tried fitting things into various holes.

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“Just because a brain has been damaged, does NOT necessarily have to affect the human mind…and so the quality and height of our thoughts!”

“Let’s not what we can’t do stop us from doing what we CAN do…best!”
“There are no perceived limits, just endless possibilities…horizons far and wide”
– craig Continue reading

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Living with Long-Term Brain (Head) Injury

INTRODUCTION

Here is some “info”, that I summarised from a radio interview with a UK film-maker by the name of William Fairbank (http://www.williamfairbank.com) talking about the “hidden handicap, the silent epidemic”. (“It could have been me speaking” . . . but not nearly as eloquently* as William!)

*big word, eh!

Head injury has become a common problem throughout the world. Many of the more severe injuries are related to road traffic and horse riding accidents. As an example, in Great Britain about 15 patients every hour are admitted to hospital for observation, because of head injury and every 2 hours one of these will die. Head injury is implicated in 1 of all deaths and 50% OF ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENT DEATHS. Head injury is particularly prevalent in the age group between 10 and 25. CONCUSSION has occurred, whenever patients cannot remember the actual blow that made them unconscious.

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WILLIAM FAIRBANKS Interview with Kathryn Ryan on National Radio (4th Feb 2010)

LONG-TERM BRAIN INJURY

“There is excellent medical care immediately post-trauma. However, there is little follow-up after the initial trauma. Every day I have to come to terms with my brain injury, to learn. I don’t handle interruptions. It’s like being in a movie. Each person with a brain injury is different…and is affected in different ways. I do one thing at a time – break into little tasks. I really live in the present. No-one ever explained to me how to cope, how to deal with everyday living. I had to learn strategies for myself.

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