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 my first month of conscious awareness in the Haywood Hospital rehabilitation centre. Many of the thoughts which appear negative, were thankfully only fleeting.
The following quote was taken from a neuro-psychiatrist interview in May 2016 (ten months after the TBI): When asked about his hopes for the future David responded: “Grim... I have a horrible perspective of the future.”
Brain Injury Tips
The advice is all plausible and helpful. You may receive the comment "You seem fine to me" with well meaning intent, but it only confirms that people cannot possibly grasp how you feel.
Some of these tips 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
I've copied lots of comments from the web-site and pasted them below. I can see how easy it would have been to fall into a pit of despair, I'm so grateful I didn't. I have emboldened some comments which I strongly identify with as I can remember having some similar thoughts during the very early stages of my recovery.