Brain Injury Dialogues: Introduction
[Brain Injury Dialogues] I was stabbed. I lost a lot of blood, and when you lose blood, you lose oxygen to the brain, and then all kinds of neurological deficits ensue, which in my case made me lunge and talk funny. Where is the water? >> Back here. >> Yeah, all right. I have no shame about it. If I'm say, meeting someone and, "Hey, Joe, I'm drunk." I don't say, "Hey, Joe, I'm brain injured," but if it becomes a germane issue in the course of discussion or a plan, I will mention that. >> It's just a straight line. >> Try to find out when the work is overhead. >> Well, yeah, not the underground one. (sheets rustling) Okay. >> You there? >> Yeah. I have a big recollection of it being totally black, billows of black smoke and not being able to see anything, but, again, I don't know if that was the fire or if that was the coma after the fire. You know--I got to the front door and the fireman--what I'm told-- is hatcheted down the front door and burst it down on top of me and ran in. You know--and by then things were--cinders were falling and the boards were falling and stuff like that. >> The burning house fell on you, essentially? >> Yeah, yeah. >> Also, was it maybe because of maybe the smoke too, like oxygen not getting to the brain too? >> Yeah, I had--they actually didn't think I was going to make it. They thought I was going to die. I was in the intensive care for a long time. I can remember complaining about how the back of my head hurt, and how numb my head was. I can remember being in a bed in the cardiac unit with some other woman that was in there for I-don't-know-what, and complaining about my head hurting and different things, and they weren't paying an attention to me. I can remember that doctor saying, "You know--you're doing fine," to the lady next to me. You're not like her," or something like that, and I assumed that he meant that I was crazy. [♪ guitar music ♫] Nani's brain injury occurred over 25 years ago. During her stay in the hospital, Nani wasn't diagnosed with a brain injury, and it's still not uncommon for this to happen. Without support from her family or friends, Nani found herself living on the street. I would sleep in parks or in doorways. For years I had (pause) just like one pair of pants and a couple of T-shirts and one pair of, one set of underwear. [Brain Injury Dialogues] [♪ guitar music ♫] [Written an directed: Lyell Davies & Rick Franklin} [For more information: www.braininjurydialogues.org]
Posted on BrainLine May 27, 2009.