Posted on Dec 12, 2014
Traumatic brain injuries can have serious implications for people - most notably, difficulty with emotional management. The effects of TBI's aren't very well-known though they can prove to be life-altering injuries. Can improvements be made to help "cushion the blow" for our men and women in service?
Posted >1 y ago
After my failed attempt to catch a 107mm rocket and throw it back towards the enemy, I had one whopper of a migraine for days. I was puking, eyes watering, ears ringing, extremely sensative to light and noise, vertigo, I even had a weird metal taste in my mouth,the list went on. One of my pupils was HUGE. My glasses didn't work anymore. It was pretty scary. The brain is an amazing piece of equipment. It has amazing resiliency as well. Don't ever accept a diagnosis like things won't improve much if you suffer from TBI residuals. There are many programs available with speech therapists, and neurologists that can help. For a long time, my brain and mouth weren't running at the same speed. I would talk, and knew what I wanted to say, but the words just stopped. Sometimes I would get scared and the tears would well up. I have a horrible time encoding new information. That is one of many reasons why Japanese is kicking my butt. I am trying to use parts of my brain that are in Iraq still. I have been with a speech therapist for years. The trick is to keep yourself calm, be patient, and as always...never give up.
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