Brain Injury Reassessment, Part One

Brain Injury Reassessment, Part One

I got my brain assessment results back. There are a lot of them! I'll talk about them in the order I did them until I peter out then finish another time. The first ones were the usual questionnaires. Can't stand them as I did a bazillion the same or like them for too many insurance […]

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A Stunning Heart Improvement

"Did you see that?" I exclaimed to my brain trainer after I'd finished my HRV screen. "Yes!" "It went up to 5.5!" "I know, and it was smoother." "Yeah, and I couldn't tell, but was it bigger?" "Yes, it was definitely bigger." "We should have video'd it." "I know. I was thinking where's the camera […]

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Returning to the Graphic Novel for Reading Rehab

It took about a month to recover after the insane CCAC-bureaucratic-rules-of-can-only-get-help-in-4-weeks-tough-shit-if-can't-keep-it-up mandate. Now that I'm feeling more my usual self, I'm sitting up and looking around at life outside of writing and am getting back to reading a graphic novel weekly as part of reading rehab. I set myself a ten-minute goal and multiple alarms […]

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Brain Assessment at the ADD Centre. My Sixth...or Seventh...?

Brain Assessment at the ADD Centre. My Sixth…or Seventh…?

It’s hard to believe it’s been 12 years since I had my first proper brain assessment. Since then, new ways of looking at the brain have emerged and software updated. As well as my vision. That’s what I first noticed when I walked into the ADD Centre, Mississauga office — how blue it was. No, […]

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Concussion Is Brain Injury: Legal Files Fact Checking

Concussion Is Brain Injury: Legal Files Fact Checking

Well, I thought I was done. And then my lawyer’s office emailed. My legal files were there, ready for my fingers to walk through them, my eyes to pick out from among the bazillion copies of the bazillion medical reports, the memos, letters, undertakings, discoveries, police notes, and motions I needed to fact check against […]

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Concussion Is Brain Injury II Off to the Editor’s

I laid it all out, every particle of energy, every neuron corralled in the effort to finish my manuscript by the June 9th deadline. I could’ve gotten an extension, but mentally, the thought of working beyond my capacity for one more day slayed me. I’ve been working beyond my capacity for over a month, and […]

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Healing the Brain Conference in Toronto

People who read this blog know brain injury isn’t treated by the mainstream medical model. This conference was a way to bring awareness to a way that actually can heal people. I storified my live tweets. [View the story “#HealingTheBrain Conference” on Storify]

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Gaining a New Purpose for Concussion Is Brain Injury

I attended a unique all-day conference featuring Dr. Norman Doidge and Dr. Lynda Thompson on #HealingtheBrain that brought together survivors, medical professionals, lawyers, and insurance representatives to learn about and discuss a totally new way of treating brain injury. I live tweeted most of the day – my way of taking notes plus share with […]

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Fording Union Station for TTC Presto Card

Fording Union Station for TTC Presto Card

I haven’t updated on the recovery-from-eye-surgery front in awhile. Here’s one. The first week of May, I had to go to the GO area in Union Station to buy a Presto card for the TTC. Why? Because the TTC in its disability-and-poverty-and-non-online-people hating wisdom, haven’t installed machines that take cash. At their in-station Gateways, you […]

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