The immediate aftermath and consequences of (following) traumatic head/brain injury (TBI)
SOME QUESTIONS: Most important to be faced and answered??
Here are some notes * , m (a rehabilitation nurse) made recently, regarding a discussion about our situation (sudden and extremely traumatic nearly 30 (long) years ago.
* brief (in note form)
THE QUESTIONS (very BIG ONES)
Contemplating the “immediate future”
* What kind of career should I now be looking at?
* What sort of career can you go back to?
* Can you go back to the same occupation?
* Can we afford the mortgage?
* Where are we going to live?
Look at the long-term outlook
* How to earn a living and support a family?
* What are my career options?
* What type of help and support can you access?
Impact on the family
* If you are married, what role will the spouse play (now and in the future)?
* What is the social and medical assistance I/we can get (available resources)?
* How are the/one’s extended family going to be able help in the situation?
The path to rehabilitation
* What physical exercise should I be doing?
* What mental exercises should I be doing?
* What are the best options for me?
* What are the best options for the family?
* What are all the options I/we need to know on the road up ahead?
* Do I need an advocate (support person) to come with me to medical and specialist appointments… to ask the questions… and fully understand the options and implications of decisions #?
This is very important if you have difficulty in processing lots of new information.
# Still no one really knows where these decisions will lead and their full consequences, as you “fly blind into a journey to the unknown”.
Amidst our trauma, these were the major decisions we were faced with as a family about 30 years ago hardly knowing anyone in another country and with no family members + support around there.
All this “info” was learnt “first hand through trial and error” with hardly any resources at the time (let alone what is available today on the www), together with m (the nurse). Hardly surprising then that “irrational” decisions (many) were made under incredible stress at the time. We hope this “info” may be helpful to survivors of traumatic brain injury (TBI) attempting to put the pieces, bit by bit, of their shattered lives together.
Betty, er sorry, m (thanks to you for all the care, help and support)
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