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Waking Up in the Morning....
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I've had TBI since Sep  2008 and I still takes me what seems like hours to wake up in the morning......On average, I sit, listed to music....and sip on my coffee...(not to mention I'm also on a wake…Continue

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Website for Brain Exercise-reference my blog about Neuroplasticity.....

this is the address of the website which has brain exercises to help our short-term memory issues.....concerning "Neuroplasticity"......goto:  headstrongcognitive.com....sign in as a new user and you…Continue

Started Aug 20, 2011

ACCEPTING OUR NEW "SELF".
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I HAVE HAD TBI SINCE SEP 2008. THE EXPERIENCE IS SOMEWHAT LIKE ACCEPTING THE BIRTH OF OUR NEW PERSONALITY, AND SAYING FAREWELL TO THE PERSON WE WERE BEFORE....BEFORE OUR TBI..I TNINK THAT AT TIMES IT…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by phil espinoza Sep 5, 2011.

 

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"Hello everyone! It has been a long time since I have been here.  Well my IBM Laptop I used long ago, went poop!  and I just recently got a new Acer Tablet and it works alot faster and better than my old IBM Laptop!  Anyway I found…"
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"Happy Birthday! Hope you have a wonderful day!"
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Papa replied to phil espinoza's discussion Waking Up in the Morning....
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Charles Thomas Wild replied to phil espinoza's discussion Waking Up in the Morning....
"Kate wrote:  waking up is hard for me too i dread mornings.  Kate - Hi there.  Thank you for sharing how you feel about mornings.  I never dreaded mornings because I was so unalert to dread them.  My experience was that I…"
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Charles Thomas Wild replied to phil espinoza's discussion Waking Up in the Morning....
"phil espinoza wrote:  I've had TBI since Sep  2008 and I still takes me what seems like hours to wake up in the morning......On average, I sit, listed to music....and sip on my coffee...(not to mention I'm also on a wake up…"
Dec 18, 2013
Charles Thomas Wild replied to phil espinoza's discussion Waking Up in the Morning....
" Reply by mary lutz on August 29, 2011 at 12:39pm I know exactly what you mean. My injury was in 2006 and I also have to take a stimulant with coffee due to the diagnosis of daytime sleepiness following tbi. Even with this, I am…"
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"Just click on the picture, when it displays click on VIEW FULL SIZE. It will show painting properly. Darn....what a drag!"
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"Copy to your computer, the open photo with an app and flip photo upside down. I do not know why it copied upside down!"
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"I recall seeing that view(more or less) years ago.  From 1968 - 1976 (about) I was a "booking manager" for the "9th Street Exit", a coffeehouse located on the corner of 9th and Ash in the SE section of Portland.  Years…"
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"We'll....I painted some acrylic paintings recently. They are upside-down when they transferred to the page. Just copy and flip the photos!"
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"Hanging in there taking it day by day. Painted some new acrylic paintings reflecting guitars!"
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phil espinoza replied to Douglas Dunning's discussion Does any one have paranoia as a symptom?
"I am sure that "Fear" is the major factor in the consideration of Paranoia.  The only time I get some paranoia is mostly when I am affected by a symptom that I am not aware of...Something new, etc.  The fear we get comes mostly…"
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"It take bad things to happen to us to learn Happiness...and the value of it! Never...Ever - Give-up! For then You "will never know!""
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I am a brain injury Survivor, Family/Caregiver or professional
Survivor, Professional, Advocate
What do you find most difficult living with a brain injury
I TRULY BELIEVE THAT SINCE OUR TBI SYMPTOMS ARE SO UNIQUE....WE ARE TRULY MISUNDERSTOOD BY MOST PEOPLE, MAKING OUR TBI EXPERIENCE A LONEY EXISTENCE AT TIMES. THE WORST WE COULD DO TO OURSELVES IS TO ACCEPT THAT EXPERIENCE AS NORMACY...WE'RE SURVIVORS....THRU AND THRU....I MEAN, THAT'S WHY WE'RE STILL HERE! TO KEEP THE AVERAGE JOE "GUESSING"!!HA!..WE'VE GOT TO LAUGH AT OURSELVES SOMETIMES- RIGHT? SO LET'S ALL WITH TBI KEEP A SMILE IN OUR HEARTS AND OUR HEALING MINDS! GOD-BLESSED US ALL-ALREADY! WE CAN DO ANYTHING! "WE WILL ALWAYS TRY...AND NEVER GIVE UP! GOD-BLESS TO EACH OF YOU...I'M A 10 YEAR ARMY VET-AND I'M PROUD TO NOW BE LIVING AND SERVING WITH TBI-WITH EACH OF YOU.

I like to keep the Average Brain Person guessing with what's up with me...Ha! The nextn time you meet someone who gives you strange looks and appears confused of your condition.....say something like..."Hey man....what's your name?" After he or she tells you.....give them a slightly "confused look" then say "Oh, I'm sorry...but, but can you tell me What My name is?" - Give them something to think about!!!Ha! What the heck...let's laugh at alot of what we go through!!
are you on another social network such as facebook, so we can varify your a real person trying to apply
I LOVE THIS SITE BECAUSE AS FELLOW-SURVIVORS, WE CAN HELP ONE-ANOTHER!!!
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At 2:24pm on January 29, 2014, Vicky Varichak said…

Happy Birthday! Hope you have a wonderful day!

At 11:28am on October 5, 2013, Vicky Varichak said…

I recall seeing that view(more or less) years ago.  From 1968 - 1976 (about) I was a "booking manager" for the "9th Street Exit", a coffeehouse located on the corner of 9th and Ash in the SE section of Portland.  Years later that location became a venue for alternative music I heard.  I sang and played in a lot of the local coffeehouses in those days.  Do you play guitar too?

At 12:28pm on August 14, 2012, Brenda Bell said…

Hey Phil!

Thank you for asking; I am doing well. How you been doing? What's been going on? I haven't been around for a minute,but I'll be back!There's nothing else happening for sure.Hope to hear from you again!

At 8:57am on March 6, 2012, Vicky Varichak said…

Phil,

I think the little card explaining that you have speech and communications problems is OK.  If people don't know - they don't know.  Women in our culture have learned to be wary of men who seem "different" it's not personal, it's about fear.

At 8:14am on March 6, 2012, Glen Brist said…

Phil -  left  a  short  message  for  you  while  visiting   Dan's   page,..  then  realized   it  should  have  been   here.....  ps   are  those  your  paintings ?  That is  nice  you  can  bring  out  beautiful   thoughts  in  art  work...  wishing  you  the  best  each  day,  

At 3:37pm on December 18, 2011, Becca Dixon said…

Hello Phil!

Thanks for the offer to help , I realized after weeks of frustrating discussions with attorneys that because I missed my deadline, and even though my TBI disability was a factor, there is just no protection legally for our disability.I am just out of luck. It occurred to me that I wanted to do something so it doesn't happen to someone else. I have been following petitions on line and supporting others' causes for years so I decided, instead of just saying, "Oh well..." and "walking" away that I would try to get the statute of limitations changed for others and hopefully educate others about our strength and courage, as TBI survivors.

At 8:56am on October 6, 2011, DanishD said…
Thanks Phil...you have been a help.  I am grateful that this blog exists.  Its hard to be on a computer though.  It gets to my head...I am slowly awakening to the realites and extent of changes and loses...I do not know how to get past all the greif that needs to take place.  Life does not stop around me and I cannot keep up.  I do not have help.  I didn't know how bad things were, I knew I had memory problems and fatigue.  My Doctor said he sees my largest poblem at present being PTSD, when he said it I had a gut feeling he was right.  It is what has risen to the top, my last visit it was "dementia due to another general medical condition"  he is not a very nice man, no compassion.  My thearipist went with me this last time (2nd visti).  She saw his arrogance, ect...and the was 10 times nicer with her there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I find when someone goes with me to an appointment, doctors are much nicer....Why is that?  I need a lot of help, due to memory and lack of orginizaiton. I do not know what hunger is anymore or my internal "clock" time get away from me...I'm late all the time.... It occured to me that in part due to things taking me 10-20 times longer than before, I am unable to multitaske, the fatigue of simple task overwhelm me.  I am not able to do 1/10 of what I use to and then oh yeh....I forget....miss appts, ect... There are times when my head is good and I am as rested as I am going to get, I think of all the things I wnat to do and will do and find myself reallizing it is not realistic...as I have done this over and over thinking I can...My relationships seem to be none, some...but friends don't realize...some never knew me before and just think I'm not with it.  My intellect is in tack, yet I can miss simple things.  Although I sometimes cannot comprehend.   It is strange....My family one brohter in particular does not believe I have a problem!!!!!!!!!!!!!!he tells my mom who is almost 91 I do not treat her weill.  I don't.  I am having a lot of family of origan issues coming up.  However, he dosn't treet her well eaither.  I want to be well and help my mom and have good times (shes in another state) but my rage comes out.  I'm a bit better, but I realize I am reacting to a lot of thisngs.  One being she is going to leave me and has been my biggest emotional support all my life and now finacial.  I'm scared and know I cannot do this alone.  I just found out that I belive that asking for health and someone to share my life with feels selfish of me to ask God for.  This is family issues....Good grief...on top of my own inability to work in a career I worke hard for and paid well.  Now no money and my medical needs are more than I can pay for, for vital help I need.  I'm run down, it is Thurs the week wears on me, I have noticed....Thaks for your words....
At 3:30am on September 2, 2011, DanishD said…

Hi Phil.

I just found this site and am feeling blessed!  I have been through so much and have pushed myself beyond my limits for almost five years of doctors scratching there heads, refering me to specialist after specialist.  Although I knew from records I had a closed head injury, yet no one told me it was a TBI!  The worst part is that once I found that out it gave me a place to start looking.  I am still in shock, as the fatigue is BEYOND and no one understands.  Only from piecing strang looks, a couple of people saying I looked "crazy", being told I was slurring and I don't drink!  I cannot hear when I am doing it, nor can I see the "crazy" look when I look in the mirror, however one day after being told by my boyfriend I took a picture of mysle with my iPhone and just about died.  I was downloading pictures 100's of them one day and as they quickly flashed by I could see different looks about me.  Sometimes I am glowing with sparkling eyes and then Wham! Pictures of funky eyes, like I'm on something.  I awaken feeling like I cannot go on and no matter how many days I awaken like this, I never feel it will pass. 

At 7:27am on August 24, 2011, Brenda Bell said…
Hey Phil! how you doing? To answer your question..I am a retired boxer,due to brain injury and age. Rock climbing seems like a sport to keep up with,what a way to climb higher in life!
At 8:42am on August 22, 2011, tbi said…
Hi Phil, Thanks for being a friend! Sorry your letter go me was lost. Great to see you serve our country! My dad is a vet from Korean war times. I sure hope your recovery is going well. I began writing, playing, and recording music after my TBI. If you'd like to hear some go to my facebook band page .

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Being and Always Thinking Positive

How do we get through some tough days with our TBI Symptoms...that myself and many of us wake up to everyday.....The power of influencing our brains into "believing" regardless of what is going on with us (and other's in our world with other disabilities) - of our brain in believing "everything is going to get better."  By saying everyday when you wake to another day....."I am a Wonderful Person"...."I will Smile at all, regardless of my crazy symptoms - and give of myself and my kindness to…

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Posted on January 14, 2012 at 4:08pm — 1 Comment

Has anyone gotten rid of Balance problems and Tiredness Symptoms?

Just checking for anyone out there who has had a successful trial of anything to get rid of the balance problems of TBI and also the Tiredness issues of TBI.  "Do we have any "lucky People"???Thanks!

Posted on December 31, 2011 at 6:59pm — 2 Comments

My Coma - My TBI Life

Posted on December 29, 2011 at 12:23pm

Scientist are close to finding a Memory Medication for Alzherimers!! And probably will help TBI and Stroke Also!!!

Read this article my TBI Friends! A memory medication may be available one day! Of course, it is for Alzheimers, but this gets closer to the Issue of Bad Short-Term memory that "Dementia" is about....it's a "Step forward!"

“Super memory” pill–and possibly an Alzheimer’s cure–could be around the corner

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Scientists have isolated a gene in mice that works to give them "super memories" and reverses the course of several degenerative mental illnesses like Alzheimer's.…

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