Sunday, June 16, 2013

living with TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury)

I have a right frontal Traumatic Brain Injury. When I was eleven, I was struck by a car, life flighted to Norfolk General, transferred to the Children's Hospital of the Kings' Daughters, discharged, brought home, recovered, progressed through education. I earned a Master's Degree in Library Science, I got hired at a VA Hospital. I was touching computers, and was offered a full time permanent position in the computer section.
Most of the time, the deficits are not too pronounced. Sure, I speak somewhat slower than the national average, and I walk with a limp, and my left side is not as used as much is my dominant right side. My left arm/hand used to be curled up and atrophied at my side. Now, it is significantly better.
I suppose I am a testament to the fact that recovery after a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can continue to progress. For me, education seemed to be a way to get a good job.
With Traumatic Brain Injury being more recognized as a serious event in the lives of so many, it is important to acknowledge that life goes on. Recovery is possible.