The immediate aftermath and consequences of traumatic head/brain injury (TBI)

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from

https://livingwithheadinjury.wordpress.com/about/

My/our story is a bit different, rather ‘crazy’ – ‘unique’ m says….and she’s always right (I checked on the net…and ‘yes”, seems to be correct!).

At age 15 I suffered a serious closed head injury in a midget car racing accident in Cape Town, South Africa, where I was in a coma for a long time . Since my diagnosis (very traumatic) over 25 years ago after “emigrating”, together with many struggles in the working environment many years later in Perth Australia, I have been researching, studying and writing books and articles in this field. My other blogs in this area at http://www.headbraininjury.wordpress.com  (which recently got mentioned in Yahoo News USA ) www.livingwithheadininjury.wordpress.com

and http://www.traumaticbraininjurytbi.wordpress.com   may be of interest.

The immediate aftermath and consequences of traumatic head/brain injury (TBI)

SOME QUESTIONS

Here are some notes * , m (a rehabilitation nurse) made recently, regarding a discussion about our situation (sudden and extremely traumatic nearly 30 (long) years ago.

* brief (in note form)

I would really like  in some small way to help share a better understanding of what is sometimes termed “the hidden handicap”(and/or “the silent epidemic”) … and this is my reason for sharing

“We share what we know, so that we all may grow.”

THE QUESTIONS (very BIG ONES)

Contemplating the “immediate future”

What kind of career should I now be looking at?

What sort of career can you go back to?

Can you go back to the same occupation?

Look at the long-term outlook

How to earn a living and support a family?

What are my career options?

What type of help and support can you access?

 If you are married, what role will the spouse play (now and in the future)?

What is the social and medical assistance I/we can get (available resources)?

How are the/one’s extended family going to be able help in the situation?

The path to rehabilitation

What physical exercise should I be doing?

What mental exercises should I be doing?

What are the best options for me?

What are all the options I need to know on the road up ahead?

Do I need an advocate for support to come with me to medical and specialist appointments… to ask the questions?

This is very important if you have difficulty in processing lots of new information.

All this info was learnt “first hand through and trial and error” with no real assistance and support (most of it in another/”foreign” country)… let alone resources (such as the www) at the time.. M (the nurse) and I hope this info may be helpful to survivors of traumatic brain injury.

Be happy

craig

and

m (“the nurse”- thanks to you for all the care and support)

My other blogs in this area are at

http://www.headbraininjury.wordpress.com

http://www.traumaticbraininjurytbi.wordpress.com

https://headinjurytbi.wordpress.com/

https://livingwithheadinjury.wordpress.com/

http://www.livingwithheadbraininjury.wordpress.com

https://thenurseanewbook.wordpress.com

and

https://anoneextraordinarylife.wordpress.com/

I would really like  in some small way to help share a better understanding of what is sometimes termed “the hidden handicap”(and/or “the silent epidemic”) … and this is my reason for sharing

“We share what we know, so that we all may grow.”

“Knowledge is the gateway to understanding…and understanding is the gateway to a better life.”

 – Jeff Sebell

Shining a light of hope  in the darkest corners

Helping promote better understanding and awareness of what is often termed “The Silent Epidemic” (and/or “The Hidden Handicap”)

“Inform, educate, inspire”

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Share, encourage, uplift, inspire  and help spread HOPE, LOVE and LIGHT

 

 

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Author: craig lock

from http://www.selfgrowth.com/experts/craig_lock.html About the Author Craig has a 'passion' for writing books that tell stories about people doing positive things in this often so hard, sometimes unkind world, occasionally cruel, yet always amazing world - true stories that leave the reader feeling uplifted, empowered and hopefully even inspired. https://www.createspace.com/3779691/ and http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 Craig Lock loves to encourage and empower people to be the best they can possibly be, and to create what they want in life. Craig has learnt plenty from the "school of life" (still "battered and bruised") and also from a few "hard knocks on the head". He is an extensive world traveller (on a "shoestring budget") and failed professional emigrater who has spent most of his life’s savings on airfares. He is still sliding down the razor blade of life on the beautiful undiscovered island that is New Zealand, somewhere near the bottom (rude!) of the world near Antarctica. There he talks to the 60 million sheep! Craig has been involved in the corporate world (life assurance) for over twenty years in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. However, through a strange set of circumstances and finding himself in a small town near the bottom of the world ...and with nothing else to do, he started writing. That was five years ago. Five published books later and having written another twenty manuscripts (on widely differing subjects - well what else is there to do here?)... this is where Craig is in the "journey/adventure" that is life. Craig has taught at the local Polytechnic, as well as running a successful creative writing course (not teaching sheep!). He was the author of (as far as we know) the first creative writing course on the internet Craig has many varied interests and passions. He is particularly interested in the field of psychology – studying the human mind and what makes different people "tick-tock grandfather clock". He is fascinated by the "overlap between psychology and the dimension of spirituality". One of his missions in life is helping people make the most of their hidden potential and so finding their niche in life... so that they are happy. Craig’s various books probably tell more about his rather "eventful" life best (no one could believe it!). He writes books with serious messages and themes, then as a contrast "rather crazy, wacky stuff"…to keep him sane here. As an ‘anonymouse’ person wrote: "All of us are born mad; some of us remain so." Well nothing else much happens in quiet provincial New Zealand, other than headlines like "Golf Ball Thrown at Policeman" and "Beach Toilet Closed for Season.". True! from http://www.selfgrowth.com/experts/craig_lock.html Craig has a 'passion' for writing books that tell stories about people doing positive things in this often so hard, sometimes unkind world, occasionally cruel, yet always amazing world - true stories that leave the reader feeling uplifted, empowered and hopefully even inspired. https://www.createspace.com/3779691/ and http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 from http://www.selfgrowth.com/experts/craig_lock.html and http://www.selfgrowth.com/experts/craig-lock Craig Lock loves to encourage and empower people to be the best they can possibly be, and to create what they want in life. Craig has learnt plenty from the "school of life" (still "battered and bruised") and also from a few "hard knocks on the head". He is an extensive world traveller (on a "shoestring budget") and failed professional emigrater who has spent most of his lifes savings on airfares. He is still sliding down the razor blade of life on the beautiful undiscovered island that is New Zealand, somewhere near the bottom (rude!) of the world near Antarctica. There he talks to the 60 million sheep! Craig has been involved in the corporate world (life assurance) for over twenty years in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. However, through a strange set of circumstances and finding himself in a small town near the bottom of the world ...and with nothing else to do, he started writing. That was five years ago. Five published books later and having written another twenty manuscripts (on widely differing subjects - well what else is there to do here?)... this is where Craig is in the "journey/adventure" that is life. Craig has taught at the local Polytechnic, as well as running a successful creative writing course (not teaching sheep!). He was the author of (as far as we know) the first creative writing course on the internet Craig has many varied interests and passions. He is particularly interested in the field of psychology – studying the human mind and what makes different people "tick-tock grandfather clock". He is fascinated by the "overlap between psychology and the dimension of spirituality". One of his missions in life is helping people make the most of their hidden potential and so finding their niche in life... so that they are happy. Craig’s various books probably tell more about his rather "eventful" life best (no one could believe it!). He writes books with serious messages and themes, then as a contrast "rather crazy, wacky stuff"…to keep him sane here. As an ‘anonymouse’ person wrote: "All of us are born mad; some of us remain so." Well nothing else much happens in quiet provincial New Zealand, other than headlines like "Golf Ball Thrown at Policeman" (it missed, btw!) and "Beach Toilet Closed for Season." True! The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at ebooks (digital books) http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i:books&field-author=Craig+Lock Paperbacks (see https://goldendawnpublishing.wordpress.com/2016/12/20/paperback-writer/ and https://wanttowriteabook.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/paperback-writer-the-beatles/ https://www.createspace.com/pub/simplesitesearch.search.do?sitesearch_query="craig+lock"&sitesearch_type=STORE https://www.amazon.com/Craig-Lock/e/B005GGMAW4/ref=pe_584750_33951330_sr_tc_2_0?qid=1476388259&sr=1-2-ent http://www.creativekiwis.com/index.php/books and http://goo.gl/vTpjk All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children – MINE! “When the writer is no more , the value of your purchase will soar! “ “Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials…and strive for and perhaps one sunny day even achieve their wildest dreams.” PPS Don’t worry about the world ending today… as it’s already tomorrow in scenic and tranquil ‘little’ New Zealand

20 thoughts on “The immediate aftermath and consequences of traumatic head/brain injury (TBI)”

  1. Reblogged this on "An Extraordinary Life": The Young Kiwi Nurse (M: A New Book).

    To my “cyber-friends/pals” around the world….

    Thanks for the follow/link/like/reblog and/or kind thought(s)

    Hi everyone

    I do really appreciate your liking, linking to and/or following this
    blog (and “writing in”), so “thanks to YOU all for the thanx” (in thought)

    if you want to follow me, go to https://www.facebook.com/craig.lock.31

    and

    https://www.facebook.com/Uplift-Encourage-and-Inspire-479972392393133/

    Though my family and close friends say it would be far more entertaining
    with a video-camera* in the “real world”, rather than in cyberspace!)
    * By the way, do they still make them in today’s ever-faster changing
    world..or is it all done with mobile phones?

    (get with the times now,”luddite”* c – it should be a smart phone)

    * or so I was often called by my “my techno-geek” friend, Bill (“the gonk”)

    “total non-techno” c (who doesn’t possess a mobile phone, after a rather
    eventful’ experience some years back, whilst trying to walk, talk and
    chew gum at the same time) #

    Who says men can’t multi-task!

    Men…Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em!

    “You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.”

    – Colette (nice name for a girl, btw)

    Now back to the message I was posting before I got distracted

    enjoy anyway

    “totally impulsive” c
    #

    Hi

    CAN’T KEEP UP…BUT THANKS FOR THE “THANX”

    I’ve had many many hundreds of thousands (even “zillions”) of comments
    on my various other WordPress blogs at
    https://craigsblogs.wordpress.com/2011/09/09/craigs-list-of-blogs-updated-sept-2011/
    in recent years …true!). A few of my blogs went “balistically viral” a
    few years back and I got swamped with comments on my various blogs… so
    had to close them all off.

    Obsessive or WHAT! Am really pleased you are enjoying my writings, as
    the reason I write is to share.

    Though I’m rather “driven”, I still get really, really fatigued (there’s
    a few books there). So sorry can’t reply individually to all you good
    people scattered around the planet. As mentioned (stop repeating
    yourself, c – bad writing…otherwise the first signs of approaching
    senility!), I was unable to keep up with the comments and was spending
    entire days just on replies on my various blog pages, so had to close
    them off on all of my blogs, except for one or two of particular
    interest to me.

    see

    http://www.headbraininjury.wordpress.com

    http://www.traumaticbraininjurytbi.wordpress.com

    https://headinjurytbi.wordpress.com/

    https://livingwithheadinjury.wordpress.com/

    http://www.livingwithheadbraininjury.wordpress.com

    https://thenurseanewbook.wordpress.com

    and

    https://anoneextraordinarylife.wordpress.com/

    Sorry and hope you can understand.

    * “Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t
    edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most
    intense obsessions mercilessly.”

    ~ Franz Kafka

    I do really appreciate your liking, linking to and/or following this
    blog (and “writing in”), so “thanks for the thanx”

    “As we live and move and have our being, so from this vision, we create
    heaven in our own lives… and perhaps even heaven on earth.”
    – craig (as inspired by Acts 17:28 and the words of Felicia Searcy)

    “Aim at the earth and you may not get off the ground.a
    “Aim at the stars and you may reach the moon.”
    “Aim at heaven and you’ll have earth thrown in…
    and you may even hit the stars.”
    – craig (as inspired by the famous quote by CS Lewis – 24th May 2012)

    “When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with
    your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will
    always long to return.”
    – Leonardo da Vinci

    When (or if ever) you arrive in heaven, let faith, hope and love be the
    wings that carried you there.”

    – as adapted from the inspiring words of Jonathan Edwards, former
    minister in New England, Massachusetts

    “The Greatest Race: Living by (with) faith, hope and love is the highest
    podium any person can reach, God’s podium that anyone stand on.”
    – c

    “Having pursued the goals, the dreams set before us and run the race
    with persistence and endurance, after giving it all. Then one day
    standing on the summit of life, breathing in the pure sweet oxygen of
    achievement, totally satisfied in running the greatest race, the race of
    life one that ANYONE can run and win.”

    from http://racetothechequeredflag.wordpress.com/
    and http://www.godandformula1.wordpress.com

    “If a man is called to be a street-sweeper,
    he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
    or Beethoven composed music, or
    Shakespeare wrote poetry.
    He should sweep streets so well
    that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say,
    here lived a great street sweeper
    who did his job well.”
    – Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.

    PPS
    Instead of trying to reply to each one of you, I’ll just keep on writing
    (which I’m often told is what is “safest” for me!)

    “If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I’d type a little faster.”

    The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at
    http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4

    https://www.amazon.com/Craig-Lock/e/B005GGMAW4/ref=pe_584750_33951330_sr_tc_2_0?qid=1476388259&sr=1-2-ent

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B005GGMAW4

    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock

    https://www.createspace.com/pub/simplesitesearch.search.do?sitesearch_query=%22craig+lock%22&sitesearch_type=STORE

    http://www.creativekiwis.com/index.php/books

    and http://goo.gl/vTpjk

    All proceeds go to a local charity (most worthy) – ME!
    and/or
    All proceeds go to the elderly, needy, infirm and mentally challenged – ME!
    from

    https://johnsphotopics.wordpress.com/

    “When the writer is no more , the value of your purchase will soar! ”

    Don’t worry about the world ending today…
    as it’s already tomorrow in scenic and tranquil ‘little’ New Zealand

    PPS

    “I wish you well on a rainy day
    I wish you rainbows to brighten your day
    To feel your quiet moments with a special kind of warmth
    to remind you that happiness can happen
    when you least expect it.

    I wish you rainbows to make you laugh and smile
    to show you the simple beauty of life
    and to give you the magic of dreams come true.

    I wish you rainbows
    I wish you well.”

    – Larry S. Chengges

    ”Since I can never see your face,
    And never shake you by the hand,
    I send my soul through time and space
    To greet you. You will understand.”

    – James Elroy Flecker (1884-1915

    Like

  2. To my “cyber-friends/pals” around the world….

    Thanks for the follow/link/like/reblog and/or kind thought(s)

    Hi everyone

    I do really appreciate your liking, linking to and/or following this
    blog (and “writing in”), so “thanks to YOU all for the thanx” (in thought)

    if you want to follow me, go to https://www.facebook.com/craig.lock.31

    and

    https://www.facebook.com/Uplift-Encourage-and-Inspire-479972392393133/

    Though my family and close friends say it would be far more entertaining
    with a video-camera* in the “real world”, rather than in cyberspace!)
    * By the way, do they still make them in today’s ever-faster changing
    world..or is it all done with mobile phones?

    (get with the times now,”luddite”* c – it should be a smart phone)

    * or so I was often called by my “my techno-geek” friend, Bill (“the gonk”)

    “total non-techno” c (who doesn’t possess a mobile phone, after a rather
    eventful’ experience some years back, whilst trying to walk, talk and
    chew gum at the same time) #

    Who says men can’t multi-task!

    Men…Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em!

    “You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.”

    – Colette (nice name for a girl, btw)

    Now back to the message I was posting before I got distracted

    enjoy anyway

    “totally impulsive” c
    #

    Hi

    CAN’T KEEP UP…BUT THANKS FOR THE “THANX”

    I’ve had many many hundreds of thousands (even “zillions”) of comments
    on my various other WordPress blogs at
    https://craigsblogs.wordpress.com/2011/09/09/craigs-list-of-blogs-updated-sept-2011/
    in recent years …true!). A few of my blogs went “balistically viral” a
    few years back and I got swamped with comments on my various blogs… so
    had to close them all off.

    Obsessive or WHAT! Am really pleased you are enjoying my writings, as
    the reason I write is to share.

    Though I’m rather “driven”, I still get really, really fatigued (there’s
    a few books there). So sorry can’t reply individually to all you good
    people scattered around the planet. As mentioned (stop repeating
    yourself, c – bad writing…otherwise the first signs of approaching
    senility!), I was unable to keep up with the comments and was spending
    entire days just on replies on my various blog pages, so had to close
    them off on all of my blogs, except for one or two of particular
    interest to me.

    see

    http://www.headbraininjury.wordpress.com

    http://www.traumaticbraininjurytbi.wordpress.com

    https://headinjurytbi.wordpress.com/

    https://livingwithheadinjury.wordpress.com/

    http://www.livingwithheadbraininjury.wordpress.com

    https://thenurseanewbook.wordpress.com

    and

    https://anoneextraordinarylife.wordpress.com/

    Sorry and hope you can understand.

    * “Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t
    edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most
    intense obsessions mercilessly.”

    ~ Franz Kafka

    I do really appreciate your liking, linking to and/or following this
    blog (and “writing in”), so “thanks for the thanx”

    “As we live and move and have our being, so from this vision, we create
    heaven in our own lives… and perhaps even heaven on earth.”
    – craig (as inspired by Acts 17:28 and the words of Felicia Searcy)

    “Aim at the earth and you may not get off the ground.a
    “Aim at the stars and you may reach the moon.”
    “Aim at heaven and you’ll have earth thrown in…
    and you may even hit the stars.”
    – craig (as inspired by the famous quote by CS Lewis – 24th May 2012)

    “When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with
    your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will
    always long to return.”
    – Leonardo da Vinci

    When (or if ever) you arrive in heaven, let faith, hope and love be the
    wings that carried you there.”

    – as adapted from the inspiring words of Jonathan Edwards, former
    minister in New England, Massachusetts

    “The Greatest Race: Living by (with) faith, hope and love is the highest
    podium any person can reach, God’s podium that anyone stand on.”
    – c

    “Having pursued the goals, the dreams set before us and run the race
    with persistence and endurance, after giving it all. Then one day
    standing on the summit of life, breathing in the pure sweet oxygen of
    achievement, totally satisfied in running the greatest race, the race of
    life one that ANYONE can run and win.”

    from http://racetothechequeredflag.wordpress.com/
    and http://www.godandformula1.wordpress.com

    “If a man is called to be a street-sweeper,
    he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
    or Beethoven composed music, or
    Shakespeare wrote poetry.
    He should sweep streets so well
    that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say,
    here lived a great street sweeper
    who did his job well.”
    – Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.

    PPS
    Instead of trying to reply to each one of you, I’ll just keep on writing
    (which I’m often told is what is “safest” for me!)

    “If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I’d type a little faster.”

    The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at
    http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4

    https://www.amazon.com/Craig-Lock/e/B005GGMAW4/ref=pe_584750_33951330_sr_tc_2_0?qid=1476388259&sr=1-2-ent

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B005GGMAW4

    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock

    https://www.createspace.com/pub/simplesitesearch.search.do?sitesearch_query=%22craig+lock%22&sitesearch_type=STORE

    http://www.creativekiwis.com/index.php/books

    and http://goo.gl/vTpjk

    All proceeds go to a local charity (most worthy) – ME!
    and/or
    All proceeds go to the elderly, needy, infirm and mentally challenged – ME!
    from

    https://johnsphotopics.wordpress.com/

    “When the writer is no more , the value of your purchase will soar! ”

    Don’t worry about the world ending today…
    as it’s already tomorrow in scenic and tranquil ‘little’ New Zealand

    PPS

    “I wish you well on a rainy day
    I wish you rainbows to brighten your day
    To feel your quiet moments with a special kind of warmth
    to remind you that happiness can happen
    when you least expect it.

    I wish you rainbows to make you laugh and smile
    to show you the simple beauty of life
    and to give you the magic of dreams come true.

    I wish you rainbows
    I wish you well.”

    – Larry S. Chengges

    ”Since I can never see your face,
    And never shake you by the hand,
    I send my soul through time and space
    To greet you. You will understand.”

    – James Elroy Flecker (1884-1915

    Like

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