Monthly Archives: June 2009

Sleep mask + earplugs = magic

I actually slept for seven hours last night. Amazing.  I haven’t slept that long without being completely and totally exhausted/depleted/at the end of my rope in quite some time. I’ve been sleeping in the guest bedroom for the past few … Continue reading

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The beauty of structure

Today turned out to be a pretty good day… after spending all day Sunday doing things other than what I needed to be doing. I hadn’t checked my notes on Sunday a.m. about pending stuff that needs to get done, … Continue reading

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Constructing a common-sense strategy for tbi recovery

I’ve spent much of the past year or so taking a long, hard look at the issues I face each day, thanks to my history of TBI. I’ve been hit in the head and knocked out, I’ve fallen a number … Continue reading

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Shoring up my reserves

It’s been a really rough 24 hours. I finally got to a breaking point, and melted down in a huge screaming/crying jag last night. I just ended up pushed over the edge by my fatigue and exhaustion and being overloaded … Continue reading

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Using my head – for real

A while back, I was wracked with a sort of remorse. It was really sinking in that the way I worked before is not the way I worked now. I saw it more each day, on the job again with … Continue reading

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Getting it right… most of the time

Had a mixed weekend… My parents came to visit for their annual catching-up time. We’ve been getting together in a spirit of peaceful co-existence for a little over 10 years, now. It’s a way to make up for the years … Continue reading

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Confessions of a compulsive list-maker

I admit it – I’ve grown somewhat compulsive about my list-making. I created a “master list” that I use to track my daily productivity — and to make sure I’m doing all the things I’m supposed to be doing. I … Continue reading

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Beyond the Invisible – TBI Video for and about Military Veterans

I just learned about a 4-part series about TBI from the Brain Injury Association of NY Military Veterans Project. Check it out – it’s great! Beyond the Invisible Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5eWersQdRw&feature=related Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwsGzRLTRqY&feature=related Part 3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADC93aoVkP8&feature=related Part 4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QBnACJ7eAQ&feature=related

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Woo hoo! I’m on Wellsphere

A few days ago, I got an invitation from Wellsphere to contribute my blog posts to their health and wellness site — it’s a community/info sharing place where people with all sorts of health and wellness ideas and concerns can … Continue reading

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But today was a really, really good day

See? Active management of my “new brain” works… I can hardly believe the difference between yesterday and today. Like day and night – or night and day, respectively speaking. Yesterday, I was all over the place, wafting about on every … Continue reading

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