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.
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
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