TBI Voices

Continuing Brain Injury Recovery from the Severest of Impacts

Posted on May 19th, 2011 · Posted in TBI Voices

Continuing Brain Injury Recovery: Jeremiah Part One Poetry has been a part of my brain injury advocacy almost from the beginning. There must be something about having to struggle so hard for words, that creates a hyper-appreciation of words – lyrical use of words, in certain TBI survivors.  Further, poetry, rhymes,..
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Amnesia From Severe TBI: How Long Did it Last

Posted on May 20th, 2011 · Posted in TBI Voices

Amnesia From Severe TBI: Jeremiah Part Two The most significant indicator of severity of brain injury, is the length of amnesia from severe TBI, for events both before and after the injury.  Jeremiah had given us a very detailed description of what caused the accident.  Sometimes such memories can be the..
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Physical Injuries Caused by the Accident

Posted on May 21st, 2011 · Posted in TBI Voices

Physical Injuries: Jeremiah Part Three I asked Jeremiah, what other physical injuries he suffered: Well of course, I suffered a very bad broken skull and face and such and broke ribs, my clavicle, I believe, which is your shoulder blade was broken and those weren’t fixed.  And, oh I broke my,..
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Memory after Brain Injury: Stressful Event Creates First Memory

Posted on May 22nd, 2011 · Posted in TBI Voices

Memory after Brain Injury: Jeremiah Part Four There are many misconceptions about amnesia, most of which Hollywood is to blame for.  The temptation to give someone a clean slate, loss of identity, rediscover who they are is too strong for screenwriters to resist.  Dozens of times over the years I have..
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Rehabilitation for Severe Brain Injury Takes Years

Posted on May 23rd, 2011 · Posted in TBI Voices

Rehabilitation for Severe Brain Injury: Jeremiah Part Five Those with severe brain injuries often leave the initial Trauma Hospital stay for an intermim inpatient stay and then get discharged home with usually outpatient  rehabilitation for severe brain injury. Jeremiah stayed at UW Hospital a bit longer than some often do at..
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Walk After TBI: Having to Relearn How to Walk

Posted on May 24th, 2011 · Posted in TBI Voices

Walk After TBI: Jeremiah Part Six The uninitiated think of TBI as a cognitive disorder, but it is far more than that. Some portion of brain controls everything that we do, including all motor activities. A significant proportion of severe brain injury survivors lose the ability to walk after TBI, without..
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Dysprosody – Foreign Accent Syndrome from Brain Injury

Posted on May 25th, 2011 · Posted in TBI Voices

Dysprosody: Jeremiah Part Seven One of the strengths of the TBI Voices approach to documenting the disability and ability of brain injury is that the reader/user is not limited to our written descriptions of the each survivor’s story, but can actually hear that survivor’s voice, at our Youtube channel, https://www.youtube.com/user/TBIVoices While..
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Recovery from Severe TBI: Frustration, Fatigue

Posted on May 26th, 2011 · Posted in TBI Voices

Recovery from Severe TBI: Jeremiah Part Eight Frustrations and Fatigue from Recovery from Severe TBI Jeremiah was an engineer before his brain injury and his recovery from severe TBI, as he says: “still an engineer.”  That identity as a professional is clearly important in retaining his sense of self after his..
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Caregivers Role in TBI Recovery Helps this Survivor

Posted on May 27th, 2011 · Posted in TBI Voices

Caregivers Role in TBI Recovery: Jeremiah Part Nine Jeremiah and discussed the caregivers role in TBI and how important it is to recovery.  In Jeremiah’s case it was a lot of people around him that took the  caregivers role in TBI recovery that helped him through. Jeremiah Depended on the Caregivers..
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Brain Injury Care giver: Protecting and Preserving the Caregiver

Posted on May 28th, 2011 · Posted in TBI Voices

Brain Injury Care giver: Jeremiah Part Ten One of the problems after severe brain injury is that the brain injury care giver role becomes the role of the coach, the parent, the evil therapist role.  This is true especially early in rehab, and especially with spouses. What that means is that the..
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