Posted on March 7, 2012 · Posted in TBI Voices
This entry is part 28 of 32 in the series Kelly

Part Twenty Eight

By Attorney Gordon Johnson


What problems do you have with fatigue?

This is going to  sound really boring.  I really don’t have a problem with fatigue.

Now, we’ve been doing this for a couple of hours now.  Are you starting to get tired?

Not really.  But, I can see my body’s starting to, it’s about to call for its caffeine.

You mentioned that you have almost like a seizure when you get into these huge, let’s say noise situations.  All right.  Do you have any problems with seizures?

No, I do not. Thank you, Lord.

Do you have any problems with periods of time where you’re having a staring spell or sort of lost-in-space kind of situations, where you lose time?

No, I don’t, uh, naturally like that; but I do, if I put it on myself.  If I make myself step back, I do, I will lose the time.

What about pain?

No, no pain.


No headache.

When I was undiagnosed, that was just for the headaches.  Back then I was an inpatient at Vanderbilt Stallworth and they let me go home for Thanksgiving on the break.  Before I came back for my outpatient thing, they gave me these prescriptions for Nor, Nortab, all kinds of drug prescriptions.  I’m not big into drugs, so.

Ever since I was in the eighth grade I had a Cola in the morning on the way to classes – I would walk, I walked to school back in those days, when it was safe – and I’d stop by the grocery and get me a Coke to take to school and I’d have a Coke every morning.  Well, that’s been with me all my life.  Could just be a habit or whatever.

But, I was getting headaches in the hospital and then I’d ask for a Coke or something caffeine about 10 in the morning.  And I’d get one and I wouldn’t get a headache.  So, Thanksgiving when he let me go home, he gave me all these prescriptions; and, I said, “Mom, just make sure I’ve got some Coke at home.”  So, 10:00 every morning I have my Coca-Cola and I’ve never had a headache.

Perhaps Kelly can find a career option endorsing Coke.  It works for me, as long as it is Diet Coke.

Next in Part Twenty Nine – Motivation/Memory Remain Despite TBI


About the Author

Attorney Gordon S. Johnson, Jr.
Past Chair Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, American Association of Justice :: 800-992-9447