Tuesday, September 23, 2014

To the Question, You're the Only Answer.....

There are many questions that we will come across throughout this injury. In fact, I have felt that I have faced many issues and questions which I work tirelessly to create my own solutions. “To the question of your life, you are the only answer. To the problems of your life you are the only solution.” Jo Coudet perfectly addresses the issues in life. There are always several ways to solve a problem, a person with a brain injury, has to be slightly more deliberate in choosing an action and the methods to go about to solve a problem. Sometimes it is difficult to focus on the task at hand when your emotions are elsewhere. I have to deliberately refocus myself when I start to feel myself wander. I don’t feel this way much anymore; I know what skills I have to enact to keep myself focused. As far out of this injury as I am, I will always need to use my silent repetition strategy to anchor myself to my topic. I think it is important to speak about this on this blog because this is a place where I am hoping that survivors and families of survivors can come to compare experiences. I think that as much as I put towards fully understanding the difficulties that come alongside this injury; the easier it will get for me. There will always be some things that are a trigger for stress in me. I realize that the best way to try and diffuse these stressors is to study and learn as much as I can about this injury and about what has helped people as they progress forward in this ongoing recovery. By taking of the disguise of the hidden struggles that go along with a TBI, as a portion of the population we can work to compile some of the best strategies for getting back to the independent life that we all strive towards. As we always learned in early science, obtaining a method towards achieving an experiment or in this case independence. I would love for many people to submit his/her methods that they have used or are considering on here, so that survivors who have already used certain methods can share their experiences and results here. Today I am going to get some Botox injections in my right shoulder. I am largely independent, but I need to be driven to the facility because it is in a high traffic area. That is and always will be part of my life. I do drive but not in congested areas. I know that there are many people who have had no injury that don’t ever do city driving.  At the end of the day I have to be thankful that I have the supportive family that I do. There are times that I feel insecure about continuing to depend so heavily on my parents for things; but it allows me to take part in the things that allow me to be as functional as possible. Thank you very much for reading and as always I welcome any comments you may have.

~Noelle

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