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