“In our experience we have found it extremely detrimental psychologically for people to place themselves in positions where they are continuously faced with failure on account of specific areas of deficit due to brain injury.”
-report on an anonymous patient (Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town)
TBI can be acquired in many ways and can be life-altering or even fatal if left untreated. According to the CDC, moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries can lead to a lifetime of physical, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral changes. People with TBI are also more likely to abuse alcohol or illicit drugs and die from seizures, accidental drug poisoning, infections, and pneumonia.
Have you even had to tell a parent that their daughter has been admitted to hospital? My brother hadn’t; until know. He worked up the courage to call our parents after I’d already been in hospital for a night. I can only imagine the panic and shock that phone call would have set upon them. They live in a coastal city about an hours drive away from the hospital and of course, they came straight away.
“What’s your name?”
“What’s today’s date?”
“What’s your date of birth?”
“Who’s Australia’s Prime Minister?”
These routine questions had me confused and scratching my head. I would answer these wrong for months. My head was muddy.
I spent my day sitting silently in a chair in my room, fidgeting with the I.V. in right arm and the GPS tracker on my other arm. Evidently I had attempted to escape. The walls felt as if…
Who Wants to be ‘Normal’ Anyway! [Kindle Edition] LIVING WITH HEAD (BRAIN) INJURY (from ‘MY STORY’) * A look into head injury, sometimes known as the “hidden handicap” and the effects on the person (casuality). In this “work” I’ll share some facts about brain injury, as well as how to best to manage the effects. […]