Just happy to be here

Uh oh – I just got back from a session with my neuropsych, and it appears that some of the “adventures” I’ve been having — some of which were really fun at the time and left me feeling energized afterwards — were actually caused by very poor decisions and a lousy ability to assess risk.

So, I’m actually lucky to be alive. Many, many, many things could have gone wrong on three separate occasions over the past six months. I realize that now.

Good grief.

Well, I’m pretty bushed after that session. It took a lot out of me.

I need to have some supper and go right to bed.

Later, all…

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.

2 thoughts on “Just happy to be here”

  1. For many years after my brain injury. I thought I was just being “spontaneous”. After about 20 years of living with this “spontaneity” and learning about my brain injury – I discovered it was “impulsivity”….big difference. I wonder how many people who put “they are spontaneous” in personal ads have brain injuries? Now there is something to think about!

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  2. Oh, I’m sure “spontaneity” is really impulsivity that people don’t recognize. I have been there, myself. And I am close friends with people who have a history of brain injury who are very much like that — and any suggestion that they not give in to every single impulse, they fight tooth-and-nail, because they feel it “holds them back”. Actually, a little more holding back is in order for some of these folks 😉

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