It Ain’t Me

AIN-T-WORRIED-ABOUT-NOTHING-T-ShirtsIt Ain’t Me, It’s Y’all that’s F*c*ed Up!

Infamous words spoken by my buddy Chuck back in the early 1980’s’.  And he got teased relentlessly for it.  Little did I know that those words, “It Ain’t Me, Its Y’all that’s Fucked Up” would be in my life with a TBI.

Those of you with a TBI can relate and identify with this saying. Continue reading “It Ain’t Me”

Stairs Suck!

Oh no stairs!Pepsi Center Stairs

Stairs always suck because of my balance issues, mix in big crowds and I get uncomfortable but fast. How is your balance with a tbi these days?

Mine is better these days but still makes me ask myself, “are there stairs involved?” Then I plan a strategy.

Stadium seating still a nightmare in all the places I have had to go. Three years ago I took my cub scout bear den to a district wide movie and overnighter at the Pepsi Center in Denver. I had a ton of stuff to carry in addition to what my scout brought. Continue reading “Stairs Suck!”

Riding the Storm Out

Riding the Storm Outriding the storm out

Riding the Storm Out -On a cool afternoon in 1994 on a not so rocky mountain winter day I unknowingly chose to accept the challenge of a lifetime and that was living life with a TBI. My life as I knew it, ended but I didn’t die. I didn’t even know anything, ) about brain injury, I thought people just died, as in-game over. Continue reading “Riding the Storm Out”

I Rubik, Do You

I Rubik, Do You?

Rubik's Cube
Rubik’s Cube

Talk about a Rubik nightmare for the brain injured people in your life, the Cube 3x3x3 or the original standard of cube could. Be. It.

This Cube puzzle is a test for our sequencing, problem solving, strategy building as it is a challenge for the general population.

Am I being mean by posting this article?  At first I though yes, but after playing with one of our Cubes, and we have 5, a 2x2x2, 3x3x3 (of which we have 2) a 4x4x4 and a 5x5x5, I have seen the good it can do for the survivor.  Frustrating yes, but what’s not frustrating in our lives?  At least with a Cube we can set it down and save it for later or just put it away completely. Continue reading “I Rubik, Do You”

Recipe: Healthy Mexican Casserole with Roasted Corn and Peppers

Recipe: Healthy Mexican Casserole with Roasted Recipe: Healthy Mexican Casserole with Roasted Corn and PeppersCorn and Peppers

Author: Pinch of Yum
Serves: 12

Ingredients

2 red bell peppers
2 green bell peppers
1 jalapeño or 2 chipotle peppers (optional – just for more kick)
½ red onion
2 cups frozen corn
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoon cumin
salt to taste (about 1 teaspoon is a good ballpark measure)
2 cups Mexican cheese (mine was a Sargento blend)
18-20 corn tortillas
1 can refried beans
2 cups red enchilada sauce
cilantro, guacamole, or sour cream for topping

Instructions

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More About Me

More About Me

About me: I have been a Stay at Home Dad since day 1, 13 years ago but have been transitioning into my next stage of Fatherhood which had made me refocus on what needs to be done next.

I also have a traumatic brain injury.

Instead of doing my MileHighDad gig, I am now known as the TBI Insider. I am an advocate, face and voice of traumatic brain injury in Colorado, not classy I know but I need to take what comes along and it’s something i feel qualified to perform as this, as it all came around this last week. Continue reading “More About Me”

Family Leadership

Family Leadership, I Am a Trained Family Leader

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Families Leading Social Change where making change is possible! For more information please visit Colorado Family Leadership.com or click the banner above.

WHAT IS “FAMILY LEADERSHIP”?
Family leadership emerges when community members and parents gain the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in meaningful leadership roles that help shape the future of families, youth, school and communities.

WHY IS “FAMILY LEADERSHIP” NECESSARY?

  • It makes positive social change possible –at no cost
  • National directives mandate that families serve as essential advisers in public policy, research, and systems development
  • Confirms that the voice of the people is represented in policy making discussions and decision making within the local, state and federal government.
  • Increase parent-child interaction through family involvement
  • Communities are strengthened when the voice of the family is valued

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TBI Cognition Equals Productivity

TBI Cognition Equals Productivity and Getting Fitcognition

You probably despise the word Cognition right? I know I did, and still do, to some extent but please stick with me here…

Along with your body, it’s important to exercise your brain as well.

In the wake of TBI, many patients complain of a decreased ability to focus or process things. Think of spelling and punctuation as a starting point. You cognitive abilities as well as the memory take a hit, I know mine did and my handwriting still is questionable today. Writing a Blog on a daily basis has the potential to undo the damage and to make you considerably sharper. Unlike other forms of therapy though, this can be fun. These types of activities that require you to focus and deploy different parts of your brain. There is so much more that just sitting there and watching TV.

Some common problems might include

 

  • You might lose some memory cognition. After a TBI you could have trouble storing and finding memories. The most common type of memory loss after a TBI is called short-term memory loss. Short-term memories are memories of things that happened about 30 minutes earlier. One example is going to the keyboard and forgetting what you went there to type.

Writing in a Blog may gives you a reason to remember because you need to develop subject matter. If this is a major problem for you, consider writing your ideas down in a journal or recording them so they are not lost forever in la la land.

  • You might have a hard time getting organized. Many people with a TBI complain that they have trouble doing more than a few things at once. You might put on the TV and forget about food that is cooking on the stove. You might start projects or make plans but have trouble following through. Cognition at play here.

Organization is queen in your life as a blogger where content is still king.  Setting up and maintaining a blog is a never ending process and you will always be doing something different to improve it, either by layout or the use of WordPress Plugins, it’s all about Cognition.

  • You might not be able to find the right words to use. Everybody’s had the experience of having a word on the “tip of the tongue,” but not being able to remember it. After a TBI, this type of problem may become more frequent. You may struggle to find the words you want to use or use wrong words instead.

Writing a Blog gets you up close and personal to finding the right word you want to use. If you can’t find the right word, do an Internet search for it because you will be right there on the Internet anyway, so start typing words, because words turn into more words. Words will become a part of your Blogging life.

Try and write a post at least 5 times a week because like I said, content is king.

I like to get some physical fitness in and get my heart beating while I watch the world go by, this can stimulate writing ideas. you are reading my Blog after all, right? Next up is  mental fitness. Writing a Blog can help you to become mentally fit again.

Then there is the finger dexterity of it all and how it helps with typing.  You may have to figure out new strategies in order to type, even if you have to hunt for letters and poke the keyboard to make words, just do it, you will improve and may find yourself typing with two hands again!

This is just a teaser to get you to start sharing your life via a Blog, you would be surprised how many people are interested in your words after you go through the search engine submissions and people can search you out, give it time because it’s painfully slow!

TBI Tip 2

TBI Tip 2, Go For a Walk or On The Walk of LifeTBI Tip 2

On that walk for TBI Tip 2 is to be sure to Keep Hydrated. The brain and body functions the best when it is fully hydrated and working efficiently because it is fit. A safe and effective exercise program can play an important role in the rehabilitation process following a brain injury. For example, regular physical activity can help improve your balance and coördination, reduce reliance on assistive devices, and enhance your ability to do everyday activities and thus remain independent. Furthermore, following a brain injury, individuals who exercise are typically less depressed and report better quality of life than those who do not exercise. The key is to determine what type of exercise is best for you and to follow a program that accommodates your individual needs and concerns. Continue reading “TBI Tip 2”

TBI Tip 1

TBI Tip 1 -Keep Notes

First of all you need to make it  practice to keep a phone near you as well as a pen and some paper. Continue reading “TBI Tip 1”