TBI Tips can help a person in the recovery process. Just like a brain injury being unpredictable, the recovery process is different for everyone.
Patience is a virtue. Every family with a member who copes with traumatic brain injury will need to be patient, with themselves and the person who suffers the injury. Recovery from TBI is usually slow, painful and difficult.
Just as no two people are alike, no two brain injuries are alike.
The goal of rehabilitation is to help you live and function as independently as possible. Rehabilitation helps the body heal and assists the brain in relearning processes so that an individual recovers as quickly and efficiently as possible. Rehabilitation will also help the person with TBI learn new ways to do things if any previous abilities have been lost.
Recovery is typically lengthy—from months to years for up to the rest of your life—because the brain takes a long time to heal. These tips are directed to the person with a brain injury,they will also help your loved ones when the help you to improve after the injury:
Get lots of rest.
Avoid doing anything that could cause another blow or jolt to the head.
Ask the doctor when it’s safe to drive a car, ride a bike, play sports or use heavy equipment, because reaction time may be slower after a brain injury.
Take prescription medication according to the doctor’s instructions.
Do not drink alcohol.
Write things down to help with memory problems.
Ask the doctor to recommend rehabilitation services that might help recovery, and follow those recommendations.