Hello, everyone and welcome to Wednesday, April 25th.  I want to talk about making up our minds and making decisions on our own.  I made an appointment today, and after careful consideration, I cancelled it.  Now I feel guilty and a little shame.  Why can’t I make up my own mind, I ask myself.  What’s wrong with my reasoning skills?  People cancel appointments all the time!  At least I had the foresight to call and cancell to free up that time for someone else.  Still, I feel guilty, and the person I just called as most likely already forgotten about it, so why can’t I?

Do any of you experience these issues?  If so, what do you do to deal with it?  With some deductive reasoning, I noted that I would not actually walk to the location of the now-cancelled appointment, so I called them and cancelled.  I looked on the Google maps, and it is 20 minutes away, by car.  It’s no big deal, and I did the right thing.  And, you know what?  There are appointments available next week, too!  While this appointment is not a top priority, it still needs to be done..  I did do something, and found out that next week would still be available.  It’s not a medical appointment or a social security appointment, so I’m just taking it easy.

Please let me and the rest of the group know what you do/how you handle situations like this!  I’d really appreciate it!  God bless you and have a WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY!


Hello, everyone!  How is your day going so far?  I can’t really complain.  I am alive and breathing and writing to you at this moment, so that makes me happy!

I am trying to get back in my “groove.”  I typically exercise in the morning, right when I get up, but I just didn’t do it.  I didn’t do it YET.  I have been participating in different events and actions, and I am doing my best to cope and deal with it.  None of these things are out of the ordinary or unpleasant, just different.  I do need to make a dentist appointment soon, so I’m sure all of you can relate to why I have been putting it off.  Some things you just HAVE TO DO.  There just isn’t any way around these events and tasks and appointments, I know that FOR A FACT!  Maybe you have to make some doctor appointments, maybe you have to get ahold of the social security department, maybe you are wondering how you are going to get from point A to point B.  Maybe you aren’t feeling the best today.

On the other hand, maybe you are feeling BRIGHT and CHIPPER today!  Maybe you are in your “groove,” making things happen.  Maybe you are excited about seeing your friends today.  Maybe your smile will transfer onto the faces of other you pass by today.  It could happen!  Maybe you will find some important information and support from other members in this TBI support group.  Maybe you can find others in this group going through similar situations that can share what worked for them.  We are all at different stages in our recoveries and experienced our TBIs at different stages in our lives.

Everyone in this group is invited to share their stories, and NO ONE is going to pass any type of judgement on you.  If there is something that you do not feel comfortable sharing with the rest of the group, you can always ask me.  I have been in numerous situations where privacy is paramount.

With all of that said, I hope you are able to go out into the world today with PRIDE in yourselves and share a smile with someone else.  God bless you and have a TERIFFIC TUESDAY!


Hello, everyone, and let me welcome you to a mindful Monday!  What’s on your minds today?  I just finished cleaning up my e-mail and now I am in my “writing stage.”  I really love my “writing stage,” as it helps me to clear my mind and stay in touch with all of you!

I stayed up later than normal last night and I could tell this morning.  I typically keep to a somewhat regulat schedule, and that works for me.  I usually sleep though the night since my doctor suggested taking my medications at night becuse they cause drosiness.


Hello, and let me welcome you to a windy and cloudy Thursday.  It’s pretty windy here, anyway.  How is the weather where you are?  Let me know, okay?

I titled this post today REALLY IS THURSDAY, because I have been questioning this all day, ever since I got up this morning.  This is not a new thing.  Every since my TBI, I have been confused about dates and times.  I have gotten a lot better over the years, but it still happens.  It’s not because I’m not “paying attention” or “I don’t really care,” that’s just how it goes some days.  I think of it as a little “brain hiccup.”  I’ll be able to tell you in just a few minutes, but it seems to me that my brain is just giving me a pleasant reminder that it is still injured.  My brain can eventually figure out the date and time, but just right away.  Is my brain trying to sabotage and self-destruct my snail-like recovery?  Or is it trying to remind me that “slow and steady” wins the race?  I think that moving forward with the second statement is what really works for me.  I have been exercising on a regular basis, but I don’t think I will be signing up for any marathons (or half-marathons, for that matter) this weekend.  I have new and different priorities now.

I am trying to move forward and get off the guilt train.  I was just printing out some documents on our printer, and I ran out of paper.  I didn’t “run out of paper” because I have a traumatic brain injury.  I ran out of paper because—————-I just ran out of paper.  Okay?  Okay!  That’s just the way it goes.  I’m learning to be okay with that.  Are you okay with that?  Wonderful!  God bless you and your families and please have a blessed and peaceful day!


Hello.  Today I would like all of us to pray for our military and airmen and the people suffering in Syria.  I know very little about the situation itself, so I will refrain from making any comments or rash generalizations.  For now, I hope we can all come together and show our support and solidarity through prayers.

I think we need to remember today how very lucky all of us are.  We have our highs and lows and brain injury ups and downs, but we live in a safe country without civil unrest.  Some may disagree, or have a better way to phrase this, but I think we should all be thankful for the peaceful place in which we live.

God bless all of you and please pray for one another and the people hurting and suffering in Syria.


Hello, my friends/TBI family!  I hope you don’t mind me referring to you as family.  If you are going to work today or simply enjoying alone time at home, I hope you can take a few moments to “THANK YOURSELF!”  I found a quote quote/message on Facebook about the fact that I have already completed my main goals for the day, which are getting our of bed and getting myself some coffee.  So far, so good!

Eventually, I will have to re-enter reality.  But I will do this with another cup of coffee, to be sure!  I have been experiencing the joys of the review of my social security case.  I have been cut off, which was a real surprize to me, since I STILL HAVE A TRAUMATICE BRAIN INJURY!  Actually, it is a review process that social security does every 5 years or so, I guess.

I am a little more organized this time, so I hope to find the information they need in an timely manner.  I’ve been investigating lawyers and refreshing my social security knowledge.  I know I’ve been over this information before in the past, but with TBI and short-term memory issues, I will need to go through it again.  I found an interesting and informative site I would like to share with you that explains government benefits.  It tells you the difference between Social Security Disability  Benefits (SSD) and Social Security Income (SSI).  I will not get into this because I don’t understand all of it, and I will leave that to your lawyers/social workers/arms workers.

I just took a short break to refill my coffee so now I’m back with renewed energy.  Where was I?  Okay, social security!  Another thing that helps me is getting a folder/binder in alphabetic order to put my important papers and information into for easier access.  I also use my planner and the reminder ap and calendar ap on my phone.  I also use small paper notes, but that tends to add more confusion.  If I have no other option at the time, I use the paper notes but I add the notes into my phone as soon as I can.  If it’s all in one place, that’s just less time I have to spend trying to recall where I put them!

I have some more things I’d like to share with you, but I am going to do some work on my social security papers.  That’s all for now, and I hope you have a THOUGHTFUL THURSDAY and God bless you!


Hello, and let me welcome you to our WINNING WEDNESDAY!  I just got off the phone with a social security representative, and we had a productive and promising conversation.  I was nervous, but I had sorted and organized the information I might need the night before.  I was prepared, and it made my overall experience much more enjoyable.

I have been thinking about this project for a while, so I will start it out.  I am inviting all of you to make your own Duck Donut.  I will give you the ingredients, and we will go from there.