Brain injury

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This blog addresses a very sensitive topic for me post encephalitis and brain injury - friendships. It is very well documented that most survivors of brain injuries go on living with a life characterized by declining relationships. This an attempt for me to make peace with this very real issue.
I often wonder what my 3 mischief boys think of our family life post encephalitis and brain injury. Kids are very adaptable but also quite perceptive so I would be wrong to assume that their lives haven't been impacted. This blog is a letter to by boys in which I acknowledge how their lives has also changed post "e".
This is a personal account of how anger has crept its way into my life following encephalitis and ABI. I try to describe how anger comes about for me, some of its triggers, the effects it has on me once 'The Hulk' has been and gone, my personal coping strategies and how far we've come since the acute phase. Enjoy!

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Beyond the physical impacts of encephalitis and Acquired Brain Injury
Beyond the physical impacts of brain injury sits a very important aspect...mental health. Mental health isn't as obvious and not many are open to talk about it either. However, talking about the challenges of maintaining mental health is so important throughout recovery. How are you holding up on that front?
This blog is the story e and #braininjury survivors aren't privy to when they are released from the hospital and back at home trying to re-enter the real world. Surviving e is one thing, but recovering and thriving through life after e and #AcquiredBrainInjury (ABI) is another. No one prepared me for the real challenge which is to try to resume life as normal when all normalcy has been erased. My Strength And Weakness, Very Scary, The Lives Of Others, Meaningful Life, Tears Of Joy, How Do I Get, The Hospital, I Am Scared
The Real Challenges of Surviving Encephalitis
This blog is the story e and #braininjury survivors aren't privy to when they are released from the hospital and back at home trying to re-enter the real world. Surviving e is one thing, but recovering and thriving through life after e and #AcquiredBrainInjury (ABI) is another. No one prepared me for the real challenge which is to try to resume life as normal when all normalcy has been erased.
Living with an #acquiredbraininjury sure does bring many challenges, but none you can run away from. On Xmas day my brain went in near complete shut down mode. I cannot begin to explain how frightening this is. Most of the time, I can find explanations for the brain shutting down, but this time, clear links couldn’t be established. The trauma linked to surviving #encephalitis resurfaced once more. The unknown and unexplained can trigger deep fears and takes a toll on your mind frame too. Christmas Gathering, The Darkest Minds, Mental Strength, Make Peace, Mind Games, Run Away, My Brain, The Thing Is
Brain Shut Down
Living with an #acquiredbraininjury sure does bring many challenges, but none you can run away from. On Xmas day my brain went in near complete shut down mode. I cannot begin to explain how frightening this is. Most of the time, I can find explanations for the brain shutting down, but this time, clear links couldn’t be established. The trauma linked to surviving #encephalitis resurfaced once more. The unknown and unexplained can trigger deep fears and takes a toll on your mind frame too.
Living with an #acquiredbraininjury sure does bring many challenges, but none you can run away from. On Xmas day my brain went in near complete shut down mode. I cannot begin to explain how frightening this is. Most of the time, I can find explanations for the brain shutting down, but this time, clear links couldn’t be established. The trauma linked to surviving #encephalitis resurfaced once more. The unknown and unexplained can trigger deep fears and takes a toll on your mind frame too.
Brain Shut Down
Living with an #acquiredbraininjury sure does bring many challenges, but none you can run away from. On Xmas day my brain went in near complete shut down mode. I cannot begin to explain how frightening this is. Most of the time, I can find explanations for the brain shutting down, but this time, clear links couldn’t be established. The trauma linked to surviving #encephalitis resurfaced once more. The unknown and unexplained can trigger deep fears and takes a toll on your mind frame too.
We hear it more and more, but sometimes it feels as though it isn't truly being heard. #mentalhealthmatters guys! Managing emotions can be a challenging in the best of times, but this has been even more of a challenge for me following #encephalitis and #braininjury. Mental health is a huge part of recovery and not one that should be minimised. This blog is a narrative of a moment when I let my armour down bringing on a waterfall of tears in the process. Emotionally Drained, Perfect Storm, Managing Emotions, Feelings And Emotions, Mental Health Matters, Keep Trying, Things To Come
Emotions Galore - Waterfall of Tears
We hear it more and more, but sometimes it feels as though it isn't truly being heard. #mentalhealthmatters guys! Managing emotions can be a challenging in the best of times, but this has been even more of a challenge for me following #encephalitis and #braininjury. Mental health is a huge part of recovery and not one that should be minimised. This blog is a narrative of a moment when I let my armour down bringing on a waterfall of tears in the process.
The rollercoaster that is brain injury means that you must often take care of yourself first because you can't pour from an empty cup. Getting our head around that concept doesn't always comes naturally as it might make you feel selfish. This blog addresses this dilemma that brain injury survivors are faced with. Keep Looking Up, Empty Cup, Mental Energy, Online Support, I Survived, Good Notes, Support Group, Energy Level, Good Company
Take Care of Yourself
The rollercoaster that is brain injury means that you must often take care of yourself first because you can't pour from an empty cup. Getting our head around that concept doesn't always comes naturally as it might make you feel selfish. This blog addresses this dilemma that brain injury survivors are faced with.
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Brain Injury - Perfect Storm Part 2
When all the elements are there to create a perfect storm (aka set-back) following encephalitis and brain injury...time to get back to the basics of fatigue management.
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Healing of a Weird Wonderful Brain after Brain Injury
There are various types of healing that one can experience. Each type is unique in its own way. The healing process and the various stages of healing will also greatly vary depending on the nature of the healing that needs to take place. This also apply to a brain injury following encephalitis.
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Brain Injury - Perfect Storm Part 1
When all the elements are there to create a perfect storm (aka set-back) following encephalitis and brain injury...time to get back to the basics of fatigue management.
Acceptance of a changed life following #encephalitis and #braininjury hasn’t and doesn’t always come easy...but I feel like I’m finally making progress. I’m slowly rediscovering my purpose and I won’t hide the fact that it feels great! I feel as though I’ve been hiding under a rock or hibernating for way too long at times so it feels great to finally be able to see some sort of a path behind that thick fog. Sensory Overload, My Purpose, Information Processing, Ups And Downs, Im Happy, A Rock, Feeling Great, When Someone
Brain Injury - Acceptance & Challenges
Acceptance of a changed life following #encephalitis and #braininjury hasn’t and doesn’t always come easy...but I feel like I’m finally making progress. I’m slowly rediscovering my purpose and I won’t hide the fact that it feels great! I feel as though I’ve been hiding under a rock or hibernating for way too long at times so it feels great to finally be able to see some sort of a path behind that thick fog.
Following #encephalitis and #braininjury I’ve found that I can’t always count on others to liven up my day. You have to find, create or sometimes be your own sunshine. A friend said the other day that a lot of growth comes from dark places and I completely agree. As hard as those dark moments can be, they also push you to reflect on your own perspective on life. Turns out that you can indeed find inner joy in places or things that you wouldn’t have expected. Be Your Own Sunshine, Beautiful New Zealand, Dark Moments, Inner Joy, French Canadian, Mom Of 3, Perspective On Life
Brain Injury - Be your own Sunshine
Following #encephalitis and #braininjury I’ve found that I can’t always count on others to liven up my day. You have to find, create or sometimes be your own sunshine. A friend said the other day that a lot of growth comes from dark places and I completely agree. As hard as those dark moments can be, they also push you to reflect on your own perspective on life. Turns out that you can indeed find inner joy in places or things that you wouldn’t have expected.
It’s been a very up and down week. There are changes happening left and right at the moment and processing them all requires a lot of physical and mental energy. I’ve been tired from taking on more than what my brain can process and the effect on my Weird Wonderful Brain has been clearly noticeable. In those times, I’m mindful of the potential effects it has on my moods. I feel like I am in survival mode and I’m working hard on finding my way through it. Finding My Way, Survival Mode
Brain injury - Beauty and Darkness
It’s been a very up and down week. There are changes happening left and right at the moment and processing them all requires a lot of physical and mental energy. I’ve been tired from taking on more than what my brain can process and the effect on my Weird Wonderful Brain has been clearly noticeable. In those times, I’m mindful of the potential effects it has on my moods. I feel like I am in survival mode and I’m working hard on finding my way through it.
It’s been a very up and down week. There are changes happening left and right at the moment and processing them all requires a lot of physical and mental energy. I’ve been tired from taking on more than what my brain can process and the effect on my Weird Wonderful Brain has been clearly noticeable. In those times, I’m mindful of the potential effects it has on my moods. I feel like I am in survival mode and I’m working hard on finding my way through it.
Brain injury - Beauty and Darkness
It’s been a very up and down week. There are changes happening left and right at the moment and processing them all requires a lot of physical and mental energy. I’ve been tired from taking on more than what my brain can process and the effect on my Weird Wonderful Brain has been clearly noticeable. In those times, I’m mindful of the potential effects it has on my moods. I feel like I am in survival mode and I’m working hard on finding my way through it.
a person holding up a piece of paper with writing on it that says an injury is not just a process of recovery, it's also a process of discovery
Brain injury recovery
The following quote isn’t from me and there was no name attached to it either, but it’s a timely one for us in our family which I thought I’d share with you. I think it’s pretty self-explanatory and it made me reflect on part of my own recovery journey with #encephalitis & #braininjury. Not all recoveries are the same, and even though aspects of recoveries absolutely sucks, they can also make you discover aspects of your personality or of your abilities that perhaps you wouldn’t have come acros