I’m Brain Injured, Not Brain Dead
The day he was discharged from the Polytrauma Rehab Hospital, we stopped at the Hard Rock Casino on our way home. I took money out of the ATM and asked him how much did he want. He looked at me and said “I’m brain injured, not brain dead. I want half.” The Road to Recovery was just beginning!
The Filter is Gone
The first thing I noticed different about my husband after the accident was his filter was gone. The days of him keeping his opinions and thoughts to himself were over.
At times he realizes it, too. Instead of apologizing for being off the wall, he’ll say “well, you DO know I have a Traumatic Brain Injury”.
Short Term Memory Problem
One of the worst things you can do with a Traumatic Brain Injury survivor is get frustrated when they can’t remember things accurately that happened a few weeks or months ago.
They can’t help it. It’s the nature of the beast, and another reason Traumatic Brain Injury is known as the Invisible Injury.