Tip of the Day for 3/5/21

Today’s Tip of the Day talks about Things to look for after you hit your head.

If you hit your head you should watch for the symptoms of a mild traumatic brain injury, also called a concussion, over the next several days. You should see your family doctor or go to an Emergency Department if symptoms persist. Anyone showing symptoms of a brain injury should not return to work, school or sports until they have been cleared by a medical professional.

If you have symptoms that are severe and get worse, go to the Emergency room right away. These symptoms include:

-Severe headache

-Vomiting

-Very sleepy and cannot keep awake

-Loss of consciousness (fainting)

-Cannot move one side of your body

For most people (80%), symptoms go away in 7 to 10 days. For others, some symptoms can last weeks or months. If not treated, they may become life long and interfere with daily life.

If you have symptoms after 7 to 10 days after your injury, you should be evaluated by a physician that is an expert in brain injury.

Check out our learning library at www.alaskabraininjury.net for online pamphlets with more tips on this and other issues that affect those with brain injury.

Source: https://hcmc.org/braininjury

Tip of the day for 3/4/21

Today’s Tip of the Day deals with what to expect after a child has a brain injury.

While the symptoms of a brain injury in children are similar to those experienced by adults, the functional impact can be very different. Children are not little adults; the brain of a child is still developing. The cognitive impairments of children with brain injury may not be immediately obvious after the injury, but may become apparent as the child gets older.

Brain injury is the leading cause of disability and death in children and adolescents in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the two age groups at greatest risk for brain injury are age 0-4 and 15-19.

Symptoms can vary greatly depending on the extent and location of the brain injury. Impairments in one or more areas such as:

 –Cognitive functioning including short term memory deficits, impaired concentration, slowness of thinking.

Physical abilities including speech, vision, hearing and headaches.

Emotional impairments including, mood swings, denial, anxiety, and depression.

When children with a brain injury return to school, their educational and emotional needs are often very different than before the injury. Their disability has happened suddenly and, in many instances, traumatically. They can often remember how they were before the brain injury, which can bring on many emotional and social changes. The child’s family, friends, and teachers may also recall what the child was like before the injury, and may have trouble adjusting their expectations of the child.

It is important to plan carefully for the child’s return to school. Frequent complaints from students with brain injury include difficulty with memory and comprehension, trouble completing the required amount of work within an allotted time, lack of energy, susceptibility to distraction, and confusion.

Here is a animated video entitled, The Little Bird Who Forgot How To Fly: Caring For A Child With Traumatic Brain Injury

Check out our learning library at www.alaskabraininjury.net for online pamphlets with more tips on this and other issues that affect those with brain injury.

Source: https://www.biausa.org/brain-injury/about-brain-injury/children-what-to-expect

Tip of the Day 3/3/2021

Today’s Tip of the Day deals with recognizing the Causes of a TBI.

Traumatic brain injury is usually caused by a blow or other traumatic injury to the head or body. The degree of damage can depend on several factors, including the nature of the injury and the force of impact.

Common events causing traumatic brain injury include the following:

  • Falls. Falls from bed or a ladder, down stairs, in the bath, and other falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injury overall, particularly in older adults and young children.
  • Vehicle-related collisions. Collisions involving cars, motorcycles or bicycles — and pedestrians involved in such accidents — are a common cause of traumatic brain injury.
  • Violence. Gunshot wounds, domestic violence, child abuse and other assaults are common causes. Shaken baby syndrome is a traumatic brain injury in infants caused by violent shaking.
  • Sports injuries. Traumatic brain injuries may be caused by injuries from a number of sports, including soccer, boxing, football, baseball, lacrosse, skateboarding, hockey, and other high-impact or extreme sports. These are particularly common in youth.
  • Explosive blasts and other combat injuries. Explosive blasts are a common cause of traumatic brain injury in active-duty military personnel. Although how the damage occurs isn’t yet well understood, many researchers believe that the pressure wave passing through the brain significantly disrupts brain function.

Traumatic brain injury also results from penetrating wounds, severe blows to the head with shrapnel or debris, and falls or bodily collisions with objects following a blast.

Check out our learning library at www.alaskabraininjury.net for online pamphlets with more tips on this and other issues that affect those with brain injury.

Source://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/traumatic-brain-injury/symptoms-causes/syc-20378557

Tip of the Day for 3/2/2021

Today’s tip deals with the New Normal for Caregivers after brain injury.

These days we have heard the phrase “New Normal” quite a bit. But, those dealing with brain injury have experienced this long before the pandemic.

This is the time to learn new strategies to reduce stress, boost your mood, and safeguard your health.

Stay healthy by prioritizing your physical and emotional health, get as much sleep and rest as possible, arrange for someone to assist so you can take time for yourself. Exercise regularly and avoid overeating.

Reduce stress by figuring out what bothers you most and work on getting rid of that stressor, recognize your stress signals early, be proactive and keep learning.

Boost your mood and attitude by not judging yourself, pursue a personal goal, avoid people who bring you down, stay connected with friends.

Many survivors, families, and caregivers find ways to grow and thrive during the “New Normal” years. You can as well.

Check out our learning library at www.alaskabraininjury.net for online pamphlet with more tips on this and other issues that affect those with brain injury.

Source: Lash and Associates Publishing, “New Normal-For caregivers after brain injury”

Tip of the Day for 3/1/2021

Today’s tip deals with emotions after brain injury. Emotions not only for the survivor, but the whole family as well. Negative emotions such as fear, anger, and despair to name a few will rear their ugly heads. The concern is not that you are feeling these emotions, but what you are doing with them that matters.

Life after a brain injury can be a roller coaster. The best way to work through the feelings is to be honest with those around you. Share what you are feeling. Most of us try to avoid feeling angry, but it is a part of life. Sharing your concerns with others can open up honest conversation and break down those walls that can be built up after a trauma.

Some ways of handling your emotions include…

Stay in the moment. Rather then wishing for the moment to pass, ask yourself what exactly this moment is about.

Find someone you trust. Ask for the person’s views and ideas. By sharing the emotion, you will find it more manageable and less overwhelming.

Review and reflect. Keep a journal of your different emotions and experiences. Reading your journal days, weeks, months, or even years later gives you a different outlook.

These are just a few tips to help you cope with emotions. Remember to recognize negative emotion and harness the energy they provide to take action and accomplish incredible things.

Source: Lash and Associates Publishing, “Emotions-Hope after Brain Injury”