If you’re anything like me, you have some difficulties communicating with doctors (tho’ I’m sure a TBI isn’t required for that! 😉 and the consequences of not being able to communicate may be substantial. As in, misdiagnosis that can lead to years of pain and anxiety (been there!)… dismissal of issues that cause you serious issues, because you can’t convey your experience to the doc (been there too!)… and potentially either a long wait for the right kind of help, or no help at all — which means not waiting around for the doctor to figure things out well enough to be able to help.
I’m always on the look-out for tools that can help me communicate with the world around me, in particular, doctors and other professional caregivers or healthcare providers can understand. I’m always looking for better ways to put my situation in words that they can relate to.
Now, it appears there’s a new tool — from an official agency — that may be of use to people like me/us.
It is a fairly brief screening tool that asks the following questions:
H – Have you ever Hit your Head or been Hit on the Head?
E – Were you ever seen in the Emergency room, hospital, or by a doctor because of an injury to your head?
L – Did you ever Lose consciousness or experience a period of being dazed and confused because of an injury to your head?
P – Do you experience any of these Problems in your daily life since you hit your head?
S – Any significant Sicknesses (that pre-dated your complaints)
While I don’t answer YES to each question — I never went to the Emergency room or was seen by a doctor (at the time of injury) — I answer enough of a YES to the majority, to get onto someone’s radar — which is what has happened with me… thank heavens!