Wednesday, June 24, 2015


Thursday, April 02, 2015

Brain Injury Month; March moves it to the month of April

As March 2015 rolled in it was reported that Brain Injury Awareness Month has arrived. Within the first week posts and reports were made available online, hospital hallway notice boards and perhaps within some newspapers. I saw no word of it on television. It flowed in as a quick moving storm and appeared soon departed. Injury awareness and awareness itself are two separate animals. Television shows, news reporting and commercials are designed for their own success. They are very aware of how and what and why they utilize their awareness to suck your awareness dry. Following the bouncing ball is only designed to make someone money. Awareness of Brain Injury being shared makes no one money. Unfortunately, making money is the fuel which feeds the machine. Publishing repeated information regarding Brain Injury Awareness profits not the publisher although it may profit those who have suffered a Brain Injury.
As March rolled into April it feels very important that my own Brain Injury Awareness continues on. As I rolled into March, my receiving help and direction has seemed like traveling in the dark.
Statistics show that we are approaching levels of nearly 900 people out of every 100,000 people per year who suffer a Brain Injury. I share no complaint of my hospital stay in the ICU or later the 4th floor of the hospital or my transfer to the wonderful Fairlawn Rehab. Hospital. As is often the case it's decided/recommended that you should not/cannot return to work. It takes time and effort and medical help to adequately return to good health and employment. But as unemployment arrives you find that your employer's health insurance soon leaves. Acquiring your home state insurance makes a big change in what may be available for help. Filing for SSDI and seeing the recommend Neuropsychologist he stated that making time to heal is needed but time recommended medically is not easily approved.
My list of needs continue. As I work towards creating personal awareness, clarity is a little less foggy. Signs of mental health and emotion appear to change like waves on the ocean's shoreline. Aware that my well controlled diabetes is now out of rhythm. Aware that I physically feel a decade older. Aware that I often forget what day it is. This is my add-on list...

Common Symptoms of Mild TBI
  • Fatigue -  OFTEN
  • Headaches - OCCASIONAL
  • Visual disturbances - OCCASIONAL
  • Memory loss - WORD SEARCH/OFTEN
  • Poor attention/concentration - OFTEN
  • Sleep disturbances - OFTEN
  • Dizziness/loss of balance - OFTEN
  • Irritability-emotional disturbances - OFTEN
  • Feelings of depression - OFTEN
  • Seizures - NONE
Other Symptoms Associated with Mild TBI
  • Nausea - RARE BUT EXISTS
  • Loss of smell - OCCASIONAL
  • Sensitivity to light and sounds - OCCASIONAL
  • Mood changes - OFTEN
  • Getting lost or confused - OCCASIONAL
  • Slowness in thinking - UNKNOWN
These symptoms may not be present or noticed at the time of injury.  They may be delayed days or weeks before they appear.  The symptoms are often subtle and are often missed by the injured person, family and doctors.
The person looks normal and often moves normal in spite of not feeling or thinking normal.  This makes the diagnosis easy to miss.  Family and friends often notice changes in behavior before the injured person realizes there is a problem.  Frustration at work or when performing household tasks may bring the person to seek medical care

APRIL IS BRAIN INJURY AWARENESS MONTH - For you AND for me

Friday, November 21, 2014

Tao1776 in 2014 is blessed with Gaia Girl aka Qilin approaching Chinese New Year 2015


Gaia Girl and I have sought to follow the Taoist path together during our last four years. Issues created via the difficulty of trying to sell my home; my residence and where I raised four children and lived with a wife who helped creating troublesome, thirty disfiguring years. Her spirit continued even after State Law had led her away.
In many ways her well known witch residual was often sent our way. Known well as "Negative Energy" dislike, hatred, and a feeling of ongoing pestilence created our ongoing "trying to live" in the old family home always ongoing as a painful residence.
When led outside, away from the Taoist path, following is found transfigured. Transfiguration is often dis-endowed. Taoists, to quote "On Being Different" as told through BB: we invite ourselves to be different.
Being off the path, life is filled with a wondering on what to do. How to respond. How to act. Assuming deep psychological illumination in an effort to decide. Within the pathway of Taoism a natural confidence and guidance echos the words through Lao Tzu:

Simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world. 

Qilin, (my bride to be unicorn) is said to appear with imminent arrival of a Sage. Hmmm, sounds good to me.
You?


Thursday, November 13, 2014

We're on our way, another home!







Katie Chicken is our number one chicken. Not that we named her number one. She just radiates beyond our group of girls and they too accept her for who or what she is. She is smart, fun and an independent girl.

We currently have 15 girls where in the past we once had as many as 22. Our house is being sold. We are moving! We've decided to leave for the new and rather young family approx 9 where we will bring Katie and the remainder to their new home.

Luscious Katie, without question is number one! Besides, she comes into the house for visits and snacks. She has sung while I played the blues. She has ridden in the truck with me. I sometimes wonders that maybe she was a dog in her past life!






Come over and visit!


Saturday, November 08, 2014

New location New Home New woods New Lakes With My Wife





Gaia Girl and I are approximately a few weeks away from moving from my old house to our new home. I rose my four children here and lived there for over thirty years.  Moving to an old single room school house that was later made into a six room home. The original school room stands as the modern living room with a beautiful fireplace chimney (where we will implant a pellet stove) and with large wooden beams laid across the ceiling.
Home sits in the woods near many lakes and ponds. A few miles away stands a beautiful and often climbed well enjoyed mountain.
Our cats and chickens, family and friends, will help us to celebrate our new home which we have been reaching for four difficult years.
February 19th, 2015 will draw our merry attention to the Chinese Year of the Sheep. 
Our hope is also drawn towards the 4th of July 2015 for the marriage of us: Tao1776 & Gaia Girl.
It is also our hope to add a Boston Terrier to our new home.



Moving soon


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

I am in Love

Originally married in 1977, life soon reveled my decision an ignorant mistake.  My four children were born: son in 1979, son in 1980, daughter in 1983 and my last daughter in 1886 and they helped me continue on. I knew that some day my marriage would end, yet found it inevitable for years to find my departure.

In year 2010 my divorce began. It was ugly, defiant, violent and also included our local police.

Ultimately, upon her removal, I was allowed home. The home I over 30 years bought. The arrival back home was ugly, dirty, stolen empty and proportionally broken. My arrival home was tough.

My desire to clean, help and sell,  soon became long, difficult and depressing. My only joy, hope and happiness come through Gaia Girl. We now joyfully plan on being married by July of 2015. I never imagined a desire or a possibility for after the brutal sufferance of my long marriage number one.

Life complete and fulfilled with Gaia Girl

I bow with thanks and honor.

Tao1776

Gaia Girl


Sunday, May 04, 2014

Having a sick chicken

Anyone who owns chickens knows the highs and lows of choosing these prehistoric relics for their eggs, antics and sometime stews. We have dealt with lice, prolapsed vent, eating something too big to digest, rats, possum and at long last a sour crop.
Big Fattie McChicken is loud, talkative and opinionated. When you find her with her comb flopped to the side while standing and staring off into space you know that something is wrong. We have a dog crate which we set up as a chicken hospital. After poking and prodding and smelling and listening to her gurgling wheeze, Gaia Girl searched out You Tube and found this: HERE 
This helpful video showed us what to do. We were amazed at the grossly poured out chicken vomit but in about a day she was back to normal!
We have a small group of fifteen or sixteen chickens (I loose count.)
Katie is the leader and the smartest of bunch.
Fattie is her ambassador.
Cassie is the beauty,
Bernie is the wise bearded wonder.
And you cannot forget Effie (formerly F**k Feet) Or Rainbow, Purna and the list of no names. But having chickens is fun and often a topic of conversation. It's like having a kindergarten in the back yard except that they take pretty good care of themselves. We are just the school monitors and sometime Human Pez Dispensers. They get themselves up and put themselves to bed. And no diapers needed! They poop at will and sometimes where you wish they wouldn't.


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