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13.) My Brain Injury Story: Part 3

13.) My Brain Injury Story: Part 3

A quick warning: This blog contains very grim and potentially upsetting scenes. I would recommend you avoid reading it particularly if you have experience of serious head injury, I would hate for it to trigger any traumatic memories!   If you haven’t yet read previous editions please start from the beginning by clicking here:   Ok so last time I left you I had just […]

12.) My Brain Injury Story: Part 2

12.) My Brain Injury Story: Part 2

A quick warning guys: This blog contains very grim and potentially upsetting scenes. I would recommend you avoid reading it particularly if you have experience of serious head injury, I would hate for it to trigger any traumatic memories!   If you haven’t yet read Part 1 please do so by selecting it from the menu on the right hand side of this page or […]

11. My Brain Injury Story: Part 1

11. My Brain Injury Story: Part 1

In the last blog I wrote I tried explaining what a brain injury is, but the thing is that every brain is different making every brain injury truly unique. Different areas of the brain are responsible for different functions so it is possible to make predictions about the symptoms the person will be left with depending on the areas of the brain you injure e.g. […]

10. So what is a TBI anyway? (Brain injury explained)

10. So what is a TBI anyway? (Brain injury explained)

Before 2007 if someone told me they had a brain injury I would have had no idea what they meant and probably thought that they were were suffering with a mental illness. That’s what I would have thought so I can’t really complain if people think that can I? Actually its nothing to do with mental illness, it is a cognitive impairment. It is an […]

9. Failure to prepare is preparing to fail – (Planning)

9. Failure to prepare is preparing to fail – (Planning)

“What have you been up to?” should be a pretty superficial easy question to answer but can be an absolute nightmare since having a brain injury, it used to really used to catch me unawares. You see in memory there is encoding (filing the memory away) and retrieval (getting the memory out again) and after my brain injury I am still ok at encoding but […]

8.) Being Judged (Paranoia)

8.) Being Judged (Paranoia)

Having a brain injury turned me a bit anxious and paranoid about what others thought of me, “you shouldn’t care what others think!” others would say. But that’s just one of those empty things that people say but don’t actually mean isn’t it, a piece of hollow advice. A bit like if you’re single and looking for a partner then someone gives the golden line: […]

7. You can’t say that! (Inhibitions)

7. You can’t say that! (Inhibitions)

We all have those thoughts that we like to keep to ourselves don’t we. Have you ever lied when a female friend says “Does my hair suit me now I’ve had it cut?” Now you might think that your friend looks like the Hayley Cropper the transexual in Coronation Street but you’d never say that (I hope) because you don’t want to hurt her feelings […]

6. Losing My Religion – (Alcohol)

6. Losing My Religion – (Alcohol)

I had my brain injury in May 2007 and was discharged from hospital in October just short of 6 months later. I equated coming home from hospital to coming out of the Big Brother TV show House in that I was very popular for a short time, just like the contestants but after a short while the buzz was gone and  the contestants went back […]

5. Run Forest Run… (Exercise)

5. Run Forest Run… (Exercise)

RIIPP!! Oh No! Another pair of jeans torn! the second in a month! Now you see im faced with two choices, do IA.) Express my disgust at the multi national company Levi’s selfishly using unskilled child labour to make their products, robbing kids in third world countries of their right to a childhood.! OR B.) I could admit that I have been spending much more […]

4. Plate Spinning! – (Divided Attention)

4. Plate Spinning! – (Divided Attention)

How good are you at spinning plates? I’m terrible! Everyone has to learn to a certain extent but for those recovering from a neurological trauma it is a skill they may not regain and have to use a strategy to overcome. Of course I don’t mean literally like in a circus I mean metaphorically; I’m talking about divided attention! A circus plate spinner must attend […]

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