Progress and Plateaus After Brain Injury

Caregiver Abby Maslin talks about the ebbs and flows of her husband's progress after his severe brain injury.

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Thank you Abby, for taking the time to do this. Yes it is hard, and yes we fall and yes we get frustrated and I like how you say we have to step back... Keep up the good work!
Abby, I want to say thanks for TC. Because I am marrying a woman just like you. Now I feel like the luckiest, smartest, and happiest person who ever experienced TBI.
I try not to feel trapped. When I start to feel completely overwhelmed, like the situation is impossible, I realize I'm trapped in my negative feelings which is not reality. I take a deep breath, pray, talk to a friend, sit in the back yard, or something to shift my focus and feel some relief from the pressure. Being grateful usually does the trick too.
Keep your head up. One day at a time, one step at a time. Big hugs to you!
You teach me vital lessons. Thank you so much for being amazing. Sending love to you, TC, & the kids.
A very inspiring message,I had a brain hemorrhage almost 15 yrs ago, I get down but, I just remind myself of what coulda been and I become very GREATFUL.
I am a 26 year old high functioning TBI, I think I had major improvement 15 years post when given Ritalin by my new neurologist. I can not even begin to tell you how my world opened up, I was reading books (I can tell you all about TBI from the Textbook perspective), making lists, and following thru on things. I think new problems have arisen, but that's a part of TBI-it's a lifelong condition.
You simply need to understand the full extent of your injury. That, without the proper assistance, is a lot harder then you think. After that just settle into your new "life"...
Thank you for sharing!
Thanks Abby, I work with a lot of people with brain injuries with neurofeedback and one thing that's hard is that we all think linearly but the brain changes in a non-linear fashion. So we're all expecting a slow progression towards "better" but actually sometimes changes can be sudden or there can be a regression, then progress. And that's how the brain improves--in a non-linear way! Keep going! Natalie Baker, NYC