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Veteran Morgan Luttrell was part of a terrible helicoper crash that left him with a spinal cord injury and a TBI. He says, "The physical injuries are the easy part...it was the neck up [that was problematic]."
Those in the military go through so much and that can lead to issues once they leave the service. They can get help for themselves by seeking out treatments, but they can also help others going through the same thing.
Veteran Jonathan Warren was with his girlfriend for 10 years but when we left military service he wasn't the same man as before. He wanted to give her the love and treatment she deserved, but he needed to get himself help first.
Veteran Jonathan Warren got five CT scans and five MRIs over the course of his military career and each time they found nothing to explain his changed behavior. Then he got an EEG and everything changed.
Veteran Jonathan Warren felt able to cope with the physical symptoms of his brain injury but he thought the emotional issues were caused by his PTSD. He soon realized that a brain injury can lead to those intangible issues as well.
Veteran Jonathan Warren came back from service convinced he was fine -- until things started to change. Even though tests told him nothing was physically wrong, he new something wasn't right. So he took action. He dove in to finding treatments that might help -- and he started seeing results.
Michelle Ranae Wild is a fan of technology so she likes to have the latest gadgets. After only a short time with a precursor of the iPhone she realized how amazing a tool it could be for her students with brain Injury.
Apps can change the life of a person with brain injury. People with TBI and their caregivers don't always realize how much the injury can impact their lives. For someone who is used to be able to do so many things the loss of those abilities is frustrating. Apps can help.
A veteran with TBI started using apps to help her in school while she was getting her master's degree. Soon she found those apps were being incorporated into her every day life, not just when she was in the classroom.
Apps are great tools for people with brain injury, but caregivers can help make them even more effective. If caregivers learn how the apps work they can provide support and troubleshooting, minimizing frustration and maximizing usefulness for someone with TBI.
Using apps after brain injury isn't about quantity, but rather quality. More apps doesn't equal more improvement. In fact, it can be too overwheming to be helpful at all. Instead, examine what skills you want to focus on and then find 5-6 apps that will help with those skills.
Self-regulation is an important skill and apps like PaceMyDay can be a great tool to learn your own limits and comfort levels. After a TBI this skill is even more important since those comfort levels have likely changed. How long you want to use an app depends on what you want or need.
The Pace My Day app allows people with a TBI to judge their stamina post-brain injury. By monitoring your energy levels and physical comfort using the app it's possible to learn how long you can perform a given task without feeling drained or in pain.
Kristi Kragthorpe's accident left her with a brain injury. Her TBI resulted in a loss of balance, the ability to work with numbers, executive function, and taking initiative. Now she uses apps to help her gain back some of the functionality and independence she had before her TBI.