Cheat-Sheet for Noticing Head-Injured Moments

Source: alphadesigner

This Cheat-Sheet comes from Give Back Orlando

1. Things I wish I had not done, or things I wish I had done differently.

2. Things I wish I had not said, or things I wish I had said differently.

3. Things I said or did that got a bad reaction out of other people.

4. Things I said or did too quickly.

5. Things I said or did without being careful enough.

6. Things I forgot to do.

7. Things I wanted to do but did not get around to doing.

8. Things I was told and later forgot.

9. Repeating myself without realizing it.

10. Forgetting where I put something.

11. Getting too emotional.

12. Wasting time.

13. Spending too much time on something that was unimportant.

14. Spending too little time on something that was important.

15. Being unable to put something out of my mind when I need to.

16. Making the same mistake I made before.

17. Taking unwise risks.

18. Misunderstanding people.

19. Having trouble getting others to understand me.

20. When search for something, overlooking it.

Most, if not all of these, have applied all too well to me, lately. I know I’m tired after spending so much time getting ready for this new job, but c’mon… enough is enough.

Time to get back to basics, I guess.


Author: brokenbrilliant

I am a long-term multiple (mild) Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI or TBI) survivor who experienced assaults, falls, car accidents, sports-related injuries in the 1960s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. My last mild TBI was in 2004, but it was definitely the worst of the lot. I never received medical treatment for my injuries, some of which were sports injuries (and you have to get back in the game!), but I have been living very successfully with cognitive/behavioral (social, emotional, functional) symptoms and complications since I was a young kid. I’ve done it so well, in fact, that virtually nobody knows that I sustained those injuries… and the folks who do know, haven’t fully realized just how it’s impacted my life. It has impacted my life, however. In serious and debilitating ways. I’m coming out from behind the shields I’ve put up, in hopes of successfully addressing my own (invisible) challenges and helping others to see that sustaining a TBI is not the end of the world, and they can, in fact, live happy, fulfilled, productive lives in spite of it all.

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