Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness
You can’t see it, but it’s there
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This is my husband and me on one of the happiest days of my life – our wedding day November 17, 2011.
We had no idea how much our lives were going to change exactly two months later after his motorcycle accident, resulting in Traumatic Brain Injury.
We’ve gone through so many changes together, it’s impossible to keep count. The one thing we agree on, and it’s very important is this – learn to laugh at yourself.
His advice to all Caregivers, and he says he’s speaking for all TBI Survivors is….QUIT MOVING OUR STUFF! Just because we “think” we have a better place for items they use every day, we don’t. All that’s accomplished is we confuse and frustrate them. So fight your feelings and listen to them.
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”.
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!
Short Term Memory Problems
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 an Invisible Injury.