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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

10 Myths about TBI

FACT: TBI in the civilian population is eight times as frequent as breast cancer, AIDS, spinal-cord injury, and multiple sclerosis combined.

This fact surprised me. I came across the following link which has a great list of other surprising facts:

10 Myths About Traumatic Brain Injury

My favorite is number "7. Recovery from TBI is a straightforward, quick process." The last line of this myth is "For many, recovery can be an ongoing process characterized by setbacks and frustrations." I absolutely relate to this!

I have good days and bad days. It's been 20 years post-injury for me, and for the past few years I can finally say that I have many more "good days" than "bad days."


Today was a bad day . Last night I went Mountain Biking with Team Sugar in Park City (guided female-only, weekly rides) for the first time in two years, and it was fun but really difficult. I was sore and tired when we finished. Mountain biking really aggravates my brain - - it's all the multitasking, late at night when my brain is already tired (pedaling, watching for rocks, paying attention to the very narrow single track). Needless to say, when I made it home, I took some sleeping pills and tried to have a decent sleep. I was exhausted, so why wouldn't I, right?

Ugh. Scream. Cuss. Cry.
AND I did not sleep well! I slept for 6 hours (maybe 5.5) and then never really fell back into a deep sleep until my alarm went off at 7:45. I had to be at work early for a meeting (which I was late to), and then run some errands, meet my parents for lunch, and back to work for a birthday party. Anyway, sorry to say all those details, but, bottom-line is that I am soooo tired right now. I hate this feeling! This feeling of being so brain-tired that you don't have motivation to do anything. It's not because I don't want to do anything, it's because I can't! My brain just needs to rest, relaxation, and then everything will be better tomorrow!
At least I hope it will be better tomorrow.