Fatigue After TBI: Lori Part Twenty Five
As many brain injury survivors, Lori has had some sleep and fatigue after TBI issues. One that she talks about is a period when she didn’t dream.
Let’s talk a little bit more about fatigue after TBI and sleep. You talked about this period where you didn’t dream.
Were you sleeping during that period?
I think so.
Have you had sleep problems and fatigue after TBI over the last 25 years?
I know that I slept a lot early on in my development, redevelopment. Even when I moved into my parents’ home and when I moved into my apartment and when I moved in with my boyfriend, when I got married and we lived in our house and, and all through work and everything I’ve always, I sleep a lot. I need sleep a lot. And I definitely feel refreshed after sleeping a lot and I know that I sleep more than anyone else my age. Did that answer your question?
Do you get restful sleep?
Mm hmm. Last night I had very restful sleep. Very restful sleep.
And your dreams were normal?
And you remember your dreams?
Yes. If I can, my, my dream that I was pulled out of when my alarm went off this morning, I was with my mother-in-law, who’s been dead for about 15 years, I was shopping and having dinner with my mother-in-law. It was a very happy dream. I didn’t want to (wake up.)
What do you think the explanation is for the fatigue?
I think it’s mental exertion. So in my book, when I was writing my book and reviewing my book and editing my book I could do it for an hour or two hours and I had to take a nap. And then I just got used to that and I was able to do it and I could finish my book more on time. And last night until about 10:00 last night I was editing the audio version of my book so I’m sure that’s why I was so tired last night.
Next in Part Twenty Six – Authoring Your Own Story after Severe Brain Injury
I’m a severe TBI survivor since 2004, and I have the same problem with fatigue (I want/need sleep ALL the time). I’ve seen docs (including a neuro specialist) who’ve tested my blood hormone levels, had an updated MRI, and since they showed nothing, now I’m scheduled for a sleep study.
But my wife and I agree, I generally sleep VERY soundly (with very minor snoring/waking), and I very often remember my dreams vividly.
Fatigue is keeping me on SSDI when I would MUCH rather earn a better living myself!