Psychologists Have Rules For Client Care, Doctors Don’t When Illness Strikes

Why do health care providers not have automatically triggered plans to inform patients when they suddenly sicken or die? I wrote a piece for Psychology Today on this topic after my neurodoc had a personal medical emergency. I tried to find out what happened, what College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario mandates (hint: nothing)…

I Can Still Cook! Yay!!

My CO2 monitor several months ago told me why my oven was making me a little woozy. The temperature control and ability to heat up had been dying for years, and several years ago, a repairman had said I’d have to replace it soon. But when bad drivers injure your brain, throwing you into poverty,…

The Ugly Truth of a Woman’s Concussion

This entry is part 5 of 3 in the series Psychology Today - Concussion Types

Concussion is ugly. The truth of it affects women in a distressing way, one that statistics, sports articles, and inspirational recovery stories don’t talk about. Let’s talk how skin care, makeup routines, facial beauty change for women after brain injury. Older family physicians have a unique way of assessing recovery from a car crash —…

Is Mental Work the Same as Exercise?

This entry is part 5 of 4 in the series Psychology Today - Fatigue and Brain Injury

Increasing mental work while not decreasing physical exercise commensurately was a really bad idea after brain injury. This lesson no one taught me. NaNoWriMo—National Novel Writing Month—is a month of writing every single day in November to create a 50,000-word novel. This writing community and event includes anyone, no matter your ability; it releases your…

‘I’m So Over It!’: Brain Injury Provides Insight Into COVID Fatigue

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Psychology Today - Fatigue and Brain Injury

We feel stuck in COVID fatigue. That’s what they’re calling the feeling of being in the middle of a marathon with no end. That’s how brain injury feels, too. But with a difference. I’m stuck. We’re stuck. In COVID fatigue. The feeling of weariness, of being in the middle of a marathon that was supposed…