Brain Health

Writings on brain injuries, remedies, and interesting tidbits, from the perspective of one who suffered a closed head injury and didn’t lose consciousness. Mild brain injuries are injuries too.

Jul 052016
 
Eye Surgery Post Brain Injury and the Vision is Amazing

I had eye surgery to improve my reading and had rather . . . unexpected results. Full left to right panoramic vision Peripheral vision on both sides, not just one Depth perception I thought I had but apparently not because suddenly objects had crannies and hills I hadn’t seen before Details! So many more details […]

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May 022016
 

Having had a closed head injury type of brain injury aka concussion, I didn’t go through the in-hospital and surgical experiences those with skull breakage do. Although I’ve had scans, sat for hours in waiting rooms to see umpteen specialists, I haven’t had an invasive or surgical procedure since my brain injury. I will soon. […]

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Apr 252016
 

I’ve settled into a pattern of reading the wordless graphic novel Cinema Panopticum. Once a week, I read 8 pages and get a concentration headache during it. Afterward I do something mindless until I recover my energy. It’s good! Each page has from one to four pencil sketch panels. I take in a panel as […]

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Apr 082016
 

It was extremely difficult not to bounce up and down in my chair, point at the screen, and scream to my brain trainer: “Look! Look! 77!!! My heart rate has dropped down to what it used to be!!! Holy shit, man!” That 77 heart rate lasted maybe a few seconds then it rose up a […]

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Mar 262016
 
Reading Wordless Graphic Novels a Two-Fer for Brain Injury Rehab

Another day, another six minutes doing my reading homework. I’m now doing two stints (well, one, most days in these last hellish crowdfunding days) of reading homework daily: one, reading paragraphs from an article assigned by my neurodoc and one “reading” the wordless graphic novel the psychology prof loaned me. I just had a revelation […]

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Mar 212016
 

For years, I’d overheard conversations about CHIRS at BIST meetings but didn’t exactly know what it was, other than it seemed to be a place where people with brain injury hung out. When CCAC discharged me – for arbitrary time reasons not because I no longer needed community care – on the contrary I needed […]

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Feb 232016
 
The Beast of Brain Injury Anger Shows Up During Biofeedback

Rage, anger, fury: these are the emotions people with brain injury are excoriated for. While I was in the middle of SMIRB last week, the next client walked in and actually TALKED TO ME! Like, was he blind?! Closed door. Electrode on head. Writing. Apparently, his need to know where the biofeedback trainer was trumped […]

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Jan 262016
 

As I mentioned last week, I went to see a movie: Concussion. I couldn’t remember what it was about nor did I bother looking it up. So I had no idea what to expect when it began. I liked it. The camera angles, the use of music, the juxtaposition of beauty hiding violence, the suspense […]

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Jan 222016
 

I went to see a movie. In a theatre. With other people. I know, I know, what’s so momentous about that? People do it every day. Not me. I haven’t done it in years and years. Because my brain injury makes it a tad difficult.  There’s the issue of being able to sit through the […]

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