There is so much evidence on the destructive nature of concussions.
The movie “Concussion” shows the long-term effects of living with brain damage.
Lyme-brain or brain-fog is real and bears similarities to concussions.
This episode was born out of the often tearful conversation between two brain damaged individuals. Both who were once confident and capable. After two different types of traumatic brain injuries, they were left to figure out the realities of life with brain damage.
Stephanie was the only other person in my life who understood the complexities, longevities, and frustrations of living below your full potential. For her, I was the only one who could sympathize with the confusion and complexity of trying to navigate the demands of life, while also shackled with short term memory loss, anxiety and the confusion associated with most traumatic brain injuries.
We both struggle with:
Cognitive impairments: Can include changes in thinking and reasoning skill and diminished learning ability. Varying degrees of problems may exist in long- and short term memory, attention, concentration, and communication skills, planning, problem-solving and abstract reasoning, including Emotional and behavioral impairments
Executive Function: The ability to organize thoughts and work, to create plans and successfully execute them, to manage the administrative functions of one’s life. With diminished ability to create strategies, to handle more than one task at a time, to be effective, reliable, and productive, the simplest job may be too challenging.
DYSFUNCTION-Making sense of the dysfunction
~(Even fun things are stressful)
EMOTIONS- Understand how your body deals with emotions.
~Failure to adapt
~Maladaptive stress disorder
Out of sight, out of mind. Vision is one of our 5 senses. We live in a world based on visual perceptions.
~You have so little to show for the magnitude of effort you have put forth
Transitions are hard and even harder to articulate. They are hard to experience, hard to articulate the stress you feel while doing basic tasks, and the people around you don’t understand your struggle.