The purpose of this blog is to create awareness about traumatic brain injury (TBI) from a caregiver's perspective. I am the proud wife of TBI Warrior, a Purple Heart Recipient Veteran with TBI. You may want to know more about walking this journey while giving life a new meaning or how to fall in love with the new person? Those are some of the experiences I will share and hopefully it will help you transform your circumstances into happiness, joy and a new beautiful and fulfilling life.
Injuries caused by Improvise explosive devices (IED) are not only external but also internal. Other than the brain injury my husband developed it is like fibromyalgia and he is always hurting. His joints hurt, all of them. We went to the Rheumatologist who referred my husband to physical therapy specialized in musculoskeletal pain. We went today and there is no more satisfaction that encountering a provider that cares and listens. Well, after all the discussion of what has been done for my husband's condition he recommended water therapy. Water therapy will be in a pool that contains underwater tread mills so he has to walk for 45 minutes twice a week. The best part is that I will be able to be with him during the therapy, so we will be going for a "walk in the water". We will chat and exercise together at the same time, just like the old days. I will let you know in a later posting how it goes.
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When my loved one has a Traumatic Brain Injury. How to better support him/her without forgetting who I am?The person with TBI may be vulnerable, so try
to assist in the decision-making process without erring in continually making
decisions for your loved one. This will help in keeping a sense of independence
and autonomy.Confusion, forgetfulness, and even lack of
motivation may be factors that influence the degree this person engages with
other people and activities. Don’t blame them, but try to use strategies to
better engage this person in a safe and healthy environment.Don’t blame ALL circumstances to the TBI. TBI is
NOT responsible for every little behavior. Personal responsibility and accountability
are very important and it may be applied to a person with a TBI in a case by
case basis.Individuals with a TBI have goals, dreams and
hopes. Engaging in positive discussions of how to achieve these goals is
important, keeping in mind that your availability as a caregiver needs to cons…
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) has been defined as a signature wound of war. What many people don’t realize is that TBI is a leading cause of injury-related death and disability in the United States. In 2010, as many as 2.5 million people sustained a TBI resulting in emergency department (ED) visits, hospitalizations, or deaths 1. TBI doesn’t discriminate by age, race, sex, ethnicity or education. It can happen to anyone. Some groups may be at a higher risk of sustaining a TBI. That is the main reason why, when we discuss this topic, we tend to think of the military and veterans.
National data doesn’t include the approximate 357K TBIs reported among service members and veterans. This number sounds alarming, but even more alarming is the coexistence or comorbidities of other conditions resulting from the exposure to war, like posttraumatic stress (PTS) and chronic pain. Without proper rehabilitation, this cluster of conditions make it even worse for the person to perform well in their d…
The other day (Friday) my husband gave me gift, an improvissed gift. It was a nice surprise since he used to do that all the time before the injury. He used to come home with gifts and nice details even if we were not celebrating anything. In celebrations he always make sure he made it very special and that never changed, but the sporadically gifting did. Not that now he is not caring but I guess his mind is in so many other things and he does not go shopping by himself which he usually did in past. Anyway, he gave me a beautiful card that reads as follows:
“Ask me about my day and I’ll tell you… I spent it being grateful for your tenderness, thanksful for your soft caress-
Ask me and I’ll tell you…. That I whispered a little thank you in my heart because you are beautiful on the inside, too… so sweet, so sensitive. You care about me, laugh with me, and believe in me, sometimes more than I do myself.
Aks me about my life and I’ll tell you…. That it’s changed, I’ve changed –all because of y…