The other day I was at a small party and had just met this woman who, in the midst of conversation, said "Things are difficult for my family right now because my brother was severely injured in a motorcylce accident."
Accident? Injury? I perked up - "What are his injuries?" I asked.
"Well he's brain injured, among other things," she answered.
"I have a brain injury!" (those five words don't scare and depress me as much as they used to).
We had a short conversation about the different ways a TBI can affect a survivor. My friend Britta, also involved in the conversation, articulated the effects in THREE words and I love it (thanks Britta):
Late Loud Large
Bottom-line, TBI survivors should avoid situations that can be described by two or three of these words (one is usually okay for me).
example: You are invited to an event that starts very late, with lots (large) of noisy (loud) people. This situation will probably cause excessive cognitive exhaustion so stay away!! (personal experience)