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Every brain injury is so different - you just can't worry what others are doing all you can do is be is THE BEST YOU - you can be

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Ned bane jr., M.S.'s Blog (6)

From Busted Head to Big Head

I was reading a post big Sheila Riggins, womaho was fretting about "neglecting family while she pursued a master's degree in social work... I, to, have been that path. I had a comatose subdural hemato in 1991.... Several years later, I trepiditiously enrolled in a master's program in counseling psychology. (How, I got through is a long and tedious story that would probably sedate many people if told in full. I lost a lot of cognitive function that I used to get me through undegrad school.I…

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Added by ned bane jr., M.S. on July 23, 2012 at 3:26pm — 1 Comment

Milk of Amnesia

  Friends, loved ones and even most casual of acquaintances do not realize that the hallmark permanent symptom of TBI is not memory deficit. That's a whole 'nuther rant that I can yammer on at such length that I can put the rocks at Stonehenge to sleep.

  So, being a merciful fellow, I'l spare you this dreadful experience!

  I'll just stick to one short item today -- something I experience from time to tme since my injury that I call Milk of Amnesia.

   There are those…

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Added by ned bane jr., M.S. on July 18, 2012 at 9:57am — 2 Comments

The word is traveling

I'm happy to report that my litttle one-man TBI survivors project is getting a favorable response here in deep, very rural Southwest Virginia. Among the positive signs are accepted invitations to speak to high school football games (this includes high schools in a four-county area), presentations at health fairs and the like). ... keeep the word traveling ... your friend ned bane //OO\\ old hippie 

Added by ned bane jr., M.S. on July 13, 2012 at 7:06am — No Comments

I don't need anymore growth experiences.

I've about had with folks saying: "Well, shoot, I have memory problems and I don't have an excuse."

Ah, what perceptive genius.

My particular favorite piece of insight to this problem from non-TBI folks is: "You should do what I do, write things down in a little notebook."

"Yea, Swell my friend. I have been struggling with frontal, temporal and parietal lobe lesions for 21 years. Geez, I guess I never thought of this. Why thank yo for that epiphany of…

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Added by ned bane jr., M.S. on July 13, 2012 at 7:01am — 1 Comment

     I refer to myself these days as "a proud brain injury survivor." It's not a histrionic statement or some limp stumble toward cleverness. Rather, it's the fact that the contuing journey from a su…

 

   I refer to myself these days as "a proud brain injury survivor." It's not a histrionic statement or some limp stumble toward cleverness. Rather, it's the fact that the contuing journey from a summer in a coma is a remarkable education - yea, OK, the tuition is high but here's what I've gotten for my money so far.

   First, empathy. It's a kind of global empathy that grew from interactions with other TBI survivors. For me, and, I'm pretty sure, a whole bunch of us, the trip…

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Added by ned bane jr., M.S. on July 2, 2012 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Do Get No Respect

There's dirty work to be done in TBI survival. How I love to spend an evening cuffed and shackled, catching whiffs of old urine in the back of a cop car. "So, how much you had to 'drank' tonight pal." (He and I have a decidely different definition of pal, I mutter to myself.) "You couldn't take two steps in row when I told you to walk that line."  (And I bet you think petit mal is some kind of fluffy French candy.)

Ignorance is a matter od circumstance. Stupidity is a choice. From whereI…

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Added by ned bane jr., M.S. on May 1, 2012 at 5:36pm — 1 Comment

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