A Positive Beat in Heart Rate with Concussion Treatment

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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HRV Training Post Brain Injury Achieves an 89

Holidays — getting away from my life and the people in it who attack, diss, require me to be normal, live in denial to my detriment, and drain me — are good for my heart rate. First, after I flew to England and now, after I chugged to Ottawa. For the first time on its […]

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Happier (Brain-Injured) Heart

The ADD Centre has various ways to measure my stress levels and how well I’m coping through the biometric data gathered during my brain biofeedback sessions. Software reads my heart, skin temperature, breathing, and EEG sensors and analyzes them to give a measure of how well my brain and heart are functioning. This measure is […]

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Good Heart!

Holy — — my starting heart rate during neurofeedback was 95. Not ending rate, not achieved after writing in SMIRB, not after reading, but right at the very start in the 30-second assessment screen. It stayed in the 90s during HRV then crawled up into the 100s during the biofeedback screens then dropped back to […]

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PTSD Hits During HRV in Brain Biofeedback Session

I had a flashback during the HRV screen in brain biofeedback. There I am glorying in an LF number that was higher than my sympathetic system’s number (meaning heart doing better) when boom: I know where I am, but I am reliving the early days of brain biofeedback when I was being trained in the […]

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Something Different in Gamma Brainwave Biofeedback

“Can I videotape my brainwaves?” I asked my trainer. “Sure!” she said, and I handed her my iPhone, gleeful thoughts of finally getting to play with iMovie dancing in my head. I’ve been in a bit of a blogging funk lately. At the same time, I’ve told lots of people about the neurofeedback I do, […]

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Heart Beats What the Heart Wants

I give up. I think: yes, Houston, we have a solution! This one will bring my heart rate down permanently. This is it! And then my heart goes, bwahahahahaha!!! Sigh. Heart rate is back up in to the 120s, with a touch of bradycardia this week. With writing and reading after four super-gamma-producing HRV and […]

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Random Health Thoughts

It's been so long since I've blogged on my brain biofeedback treatments, it almost feels like I'm not doing them. But I am. I continue trucking along, each session a 3-minute assessment, 5-minute HRV screen aka deep breathing in rhythm with heart rate going up and down, three neurofeedback screens of 3 minutes each bowling, […]

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Back To Gamma-Only Life

“I don't want you coming back here in the 130s, ma’am,” my trainer half-joked about my ridiculous heart rate at the end of gamma training. Seriously speaking, I'm with her. Seeing one’s heart rate well into the 130s is not so hot. We decided to blame the heat — a sudden upswing into the 30s […]

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