I wish they’d told me I had a brain injury! Maybe it was because I grew up in the “dark ages” before they realized how serious concussion can be. Maybe it was because they were too scared to talk about my brain being injured — and they thought it meant I’d be “retarded”. Whatever the reason, I got hit on the head a lot… but nobody ever mentioned that I’d had a brain injury.
1. You’ve had a brain injury.
There’s a lot going on in “command central”
A concussion is a brain injury. A mild TBI is a brain injury. You don’t need to get knocked out. You don’t need to have amnesia. If you get dazed for even a few seconds, your brain can be injured. It’s very simple and very complicated at the same time.
Our brain is “command central”of our bodies and and minds, and an injury to the brain can affect physical systems, as well as mental ones. Vision, balance, hearing, coordination, taste, touch, pain sensations, digestion, sleep/wake cycles… and more… can be screwed up by a brain injury.
So, it’s not just about what’s in your head – it’s about everything that’s connected to your brain… your whole body and whole experience as a living, breathing human being can get messed up after a concussion / brain injury.
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