Posted on April 18, 2012 · Posted in TBI Voices
This entry is part 20 of 32 in the series Quinn

Limited Return to Work after TBI: Quinn Part Twenty

Quinn and I talked about his limited return to work after TBI and how much difficulty he had.  Symptoms increased even after a limited return to work after TBI.

We have been kind of coming back and forth about current functioning, but let’s talk about where you’re at today.  Have you had a limited return to work after TBI? 

I’m trying to help friends, only friends and only family.

To do what? 

To buy a house, you know, to look for a place to live.  I’m trying to do camera stuff.  I’ve put together a couple of quotes for people. I actually put the cameras in at the front gate you just pulled in, a couple of weeks ago.  That’s a job I had tried to get, when I moved here ten years ago, I kept asking the homeowners association to put cameras in, because the gate keeps breaking and I have to pay for it.  The clubhouse keeps getting abused and ruined, I have to pay for it.

So for ten years I had been begging them to buy cameras, and then a year, two years ago, I started a camera company.  Well, they finally said give us a quote, which a quote a year and a half ago would’ve taken me an hour to put together.  It took me several weeks to put it together, and then finally put it in front of them and then I had to hire a friend of mine to do the work.

I helped a little bit.  So as far as working, I tried to work for a few days, when the doctor said go ahead and try, back in November, and, you know, after three days of work, four or five hour a day only, I was a wreck for another week, so it’s been, it’s been tough.

When you talk about being a wreck with a limited return to work after TBI , is it that pressure, that wave thing that gets to be more and more of a problem the more you tax your capacities? 

Yeah, it’s, it’s like, it’s like multitasking gets added on, and issues get added on and it just. I get headaches and pressure and build; it’s weird, the waves, yeah.  So then I become stuck in the house for a few days and can barely do anything around the house, let alone get out of the house.

Had the pressure/pain not intervened, do you think you would’ve felt better about yourself had you been able to do the limited return to work after TBI? 

I guess so, yeah.

Does the frustration of not being able to do it more than override the value of what you the limited things you did achieve? 

No, I don’t think so.  I think it, I just, I kind of roll with it.  It takes me hours upon hours to look something up on the computer, where as it used to take 15 minutes or 10 minutes. But that’s life to me now.

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