How Being Brain Damaged Felt to Me
I began writing this piece in August 2018, three years after my TBI. My comments largely relate to reflections of my first month of conscious awareness in the Haywood Hospital rehabilitation centre. The negative thoughts and feelings were only fleeting.
The following quote was taken from a neuro-psychiatrist interview in May 2016 (10 months after my TBI): When asked about his hopes for the future David responded: “Grim... I have a horrible perspective of the future.”
Brain Injury Tips
Follow this link to view a web site containing useful tips for people supporting brain injury survivors, the advice is all plausible and helpful. Survivors may receive the well meaning comment "you seem fine to me", it only confirms that people cannot possibly grasp how it feels. There are more useful ideas you can access via the following link.
This link takes you to a page suggesting things a brain injured person would like to hear. Some of the suggestions are really beautiful, for example: "I don't know how you feel, but you are my friend and I will always be there for you."
Brain Injury - Thoughts of Others
Below I've copied and pasted lots of comments from the Brainline (brain injury) web site, where survivors have described their brain injury feelings (see link). I've emboldened comments which I strongly identify with, as I can remember sometimes having similar thoughts during the very early stages of my recovery.