August Awakenings and Adventures

Hi, everyone!  How are you doing?  Well, I hope!  It is the dog  🐕 days of summer and I am working on getting a definitive schedule set up for the fall.  I have a lot of things on my “to-do” list, but sometimes things come up and I want to be “adaptable.”  It is not always easy, but I am just taking small steps.  That is all any of us really can do.

How do you get through the “dog days of summer?”  God bless you all and stay cool 😎 and hydrated!


From what they tell me, today was the day I got into my car accident and subsequent TBI. Is is difficult to be descriptive and accurate, as months prior and afterwards are completely blocked out. Deleted, erased, eleminated. How many years ago this happened is absent from any of my knowledge. But I am here, writing this, processing this, and that’s that. I hope all of you had a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving! Take care and God bless!

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for the Brain Injury Survivor in Your Life

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Valentine’s Day is a time not only for couples, but also for those in our lives we care about. The winter can bring on depression and loneliness, especially for brain injury survivors, which makes Valentine’s Day a wonderful time to show the survivor in your life that you care. Consider these gift ideas to make the brain injury survivor in your life smile this Valentine’s Day.

1. Make a homemade valentine. Homemade valentines are easy to make and serve as perfect decorations, especially for survivors living in long-term care facilities or rehabilitation centers. Use lace doilies, construction paper or card stock, glitter and of course, a pretty pen to make a beautiful card. Don’t forget to write a heartfelt note inside!

2. Candy. Candy might seem cliche, but it’s always appreciated! A box of chocolates or candy hearts are great options and guaranteed to make your loved one smile. Just make sure there…

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Valentine’s Day

Hello, and let me welcome you to Wednesday, February 10th. I wanted to write this message because I remember being in inpatient therapy and making Valentine’s Day cards in my psychology session. They were those tiny cards you buy in a package for the kids with cartoon characters. I wanted to mail them to my friends and family and I had just re-learned to write my first name without taking up the entire page of paper. It made me feel wonderful that I could reach out to others while still in the hospital. They were Scooby-Doo cards and I was so happy I could send them out to let others know that I was doing fine. So, if you get a kid’s card in the mail, you now know who it is from. God bless you and have a wonderful day!

The power of POSITIVE self-talk

Good morning, everyone, and let me welcome you to Friday, December 18th, 2020. I hope all of you had a wonderful week. Did you have any snow ❄️ in your area? Is it cold where you live? How does the weather affect your body and mind and brain? Does it make you depressed? Does it keep you inside? Do you try to get outdoors for a walk or to shovel around your home?

I know that some mornings I look out at the gloomy snow ❄️ and cold 🥶 and I just want to curl up and go back to bed. But I talk to myself and try to motivate myself to get up and get going. Today will be a great day! I have started doing simple breathing exercises every morning and every night. I play a game of sudoku in the morning and enjoy a cup of coffee ☕️. Now that I have established these practices into a daily routine, I worry less and sleep better.

I try to be my own best cheerleader 📣, which is not always easy, but I am the one who knows myself the best, so that’s the way I roll!

God bless you all and have a wonderful weekend!

Fatigue and Brain Injury. Why it feels different to just being tired

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Today I have an addiction to coffee. It came as a result from years where I battled with my brain to be more alert as before my Brain Injury. It would lose my focus to feel drained the moment I would wake each morning. That is if I was lucky enough to get enough or any sleep.

Coffee, or caffeine, was and still is my medicine. It is however, only part of what can be done to reduce the fatigue brought on by brain injury.

Brain Injury recovery took several years for me and there is no defined timeframe for anyone. We shouldn’t focus on a timeframe, but instead find natural remedies to assist. Minimal information I learnt in hospital prepared me for the ongoing impact to my cognition, to leave me socially separate without understanding.

Tiredness sounds simple.

I am tired.

I have a coffee.

I’m buzzed and get…

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Are you prepared?

Hello, and welcome to a new day, Wednesday, December 9th, 2020. It may be getting colder where you are living, and we should all be prepared for the possibility of freezing temperatures and frostbite.

Do you and your family have a plan if any of these circumstances effect your home and area? Where will you meet if separated? What will you do for your pets? What will you do if you run out of your essential medications?

These are important things to think about and discuss with your children and your family. Taking these simple steps will give you and your family and friends peace ☮️ of mind and a plan of action!

18 Years Later

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Hello, everyone, and welcome to Friday, November 27th.  It was 18 years ago that my life changed forever.  Today was the day I was in my car accident.  I don’t remember any of it, including the approximately 6 months prior to the accident.  I only know the following because it was told to me and/or documented in medical charts.

     A man noticed my car on the side of the road.  There was sketchy cell phone service there, but he was able to call 911.  I am forever thankful to this man, as are my parents and family.

     They used the Jaws of Life to get me out of the car.  Then I was airlifted to the nearest hospital.  After I was stabilized I was flown to Duluth Minnesota for an immediate craniotomy.

     I was placed in a medically-induced coma for almost a month.  When…

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