Living Life With TBI
Since his accident, he has had relearn to walk, talk and tie his shoes for the second time in his life, but some things like riding and balancing on a bike were retained from his “other” life. Bates rode his mountain bicycle and enjoyed all the bike paths to and from the ski areas in his summertime months while living in ski country. Bates has also ridden the MS150 150 mile bike ride to support Multiple Sclerosis. That same year he climbed the 14,110-foot Pikes Peak in support of the Brain Injury Association of Colorado as away of giving back.
Bates got married in 1996 and tried to work for himself as well as unsuccessfully sustain employment in a number of jobs until his son was born.
His neurologist in 1996 prescribed him a medicine (Zanaflex®) that the Dr. thought would improve his TBI symptoms but thanks to the Internet and after monitoring his elevating blood pressure due to the medication, Bee was able to research what this medication did to his body and talked to his Dr. about weaning of the drug, and did so. The tradeoffs were just not worth it. During this time he was threatened termination from Vail Resorts, got very irritated over the situation and quit work there, he was partly successful being self-employed designing web sites PowerPoint presentations and databases until he and his wife decided to sell their condo and move to the Denver Metro area and have real seasons.
Bates pharmaceutical regimen wasn’t that considerable but enough of a life changer to make him realize it is best to just be happy with what you’ve got and not to go down the slow road to death thanks to his so-called helpful medication.
Throughout it all, Bates, 54, has advocated for others in similar predicaments.
“The most hopeless group of people he ever met are not in wheelchairs,” he said. “They are people with traumatic brain injuries, and that’s no lie.” We as a population are just given no hope to live a meaningful life. He can’t tell you how many people in his dealings with the humankind who has written me off as just not being worth it.
Michael Bates leads to his story, “Living a Life With a Brain Injury” and using it for public information on living life with a Brain Injury. Through his writing over they years, he’s tried to help a range of people, from worked with the Craig Hospital TBI Research Department on a multi-year study on fitness, healthy living for people with TBI. He has also served the general dad population from his fellow stay at home dads, to disabled stay at home dads, including disabled dads, dads of disabled kids, infants to wounded warriors who are war-time veterans, some of which already suffer from serious head injuries and have to try to become a stay at home dad as the only avenue of contributing to society.
Mike is not a TBI doctor, he is just an advocate for traumatic brain injury. He offers his advice on brain injury from a survivors perspective and it is up to you to take or ignore his advice. Meaning he is not responsible in any way for your actions. He offers his advice for free on the world wide web and you should take it as such, cheap advice.