Category Archives: fear

Bringing light

I’ve been thinking a lot about this holiday season – and all the ways that it’s associated with light. Most of the “big” traditions I know about feature light of some kind, and no wonder — this time of year … Continue reading

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Brain-lock in the “all-clear” position

I have to just quickly post about this, because it’s so applicable to my situation, and it’s so current. In the Give Back Orlando material, Dr. Schutz talks about how one of the hallmarks of TBI is that the brain … Continue reading

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I was afraid this would happen…

I am tired. I am so tired, in fact, that I cannot rest. It’s not good. I haven’t had 8 uninterrupted hours of sleep in I don’t know how long. I haven’t had seven hours at a time in a … Continue reading

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How to have a working vacation

Work doesn’t have to be a chore. It can actually be fun. Over the past nine months, I was essentially on a “working vacation” — doing a job that paid pretty well and was really easy for me to do, … Continue reading

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So, what’s “normal” after TBI?

I’ve been giving some thought to M’s comments about what folks might want to know about TBI, and I figured I would start with the “normal” question. It’s truly hard to say, what is and is not “normal”…  but my … Continue reading

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Hits madness… the good kind

What a day I’m having… That little post I put together on the train while coming to work has caught people’s attention. My normally sleepy little blog has by now logged 1,646 visitors. Up from a high of 200-some, a … Continue reading

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More senseless gun violence

A good friend of mine lost their nephew last week. I don’t know all the details, but I do know he was shot. Apparently at a bar. I’m not sure they know who did it, but even if they did, … Continue reading

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Giving hope its due

Okay, now that I’ve riffed on despair, it’s time to dwell on hope. And healing. And the good things that come along with brian injury. I can almost hear you thinking, “What good things that come along with brain injury? … Continue reading

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The gateway of despair

I’ve been in a really up-and-down place, lately. I’m dealing with the residue of various traumas, I’m dealing with the day-to-day crap from various head injuries, and I’m winding down one job to move on to another. In the midst … Continue reading

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TBI and PTSD – The chicken or the egg?

I’ve been giving a lot of thought, lately, to how TBI and PTSD interconnect and “feed into” each other. In my experience, the two are closely interconnected, and they can make each other pretty confusing and convoluted. Each condition changes … Continue reading

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