The side effects of TBI are extensive and the severity of these side effects often depends on a per basis diagnosis. However, the common elements of a TBI injury include the following as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
* headaches and neck pain
* inability to concentrate
* memory loss
* slow thinking, speaking and slowed actions
* mood changes
* blurred vision, tired eyes
* loss of sensory ability
* ringing in the ears
* changes in sleep patterns
* nausea, vomiting
* becoming lost or confused more easily
Now throw in the PTSD Side Effects-
Frequently having upsetting thoughts or memories about a traumatic event.
Having recurrent nightmares.
Acting or feeling as though the traumatic event were happening again, sometimes called a "flashback."
Having strong feelings of distress when reminded of the traumatic event.
Being physically responsive, such as experiencing a surge in your heart rate or sweating, to reminders of the traumatic event.
Making an effort to avoid thoughts, feelings, or conversations about the traumatic event.
Making an effort to avoid places or people that remind you of the traumatic event.
Having a difficult time remembering important parts of the traumatic event.
A loss of interest in important, once positive, activities.
Feeling distant from others.
Experiencing difficulties having positive feelings, such as happiness or love.
Feeling as though your life may be cut short.
Having a difficult time falling or staying asleep.
Feeling more irritable or having outbursts of anger.
Having difficulty concentrating.
Feeling constantly "on guard" or like danger is lurking around every corner.
Being "jumpy" or easily startled
Now, I dont know about you, but if I were experiencing all of this I wouldnt want an awful nagging wife such as myself down my throat all the time! This is where the title of my blog really comes into play. Its all about COMPENSATION. Compensating for the things he cant do with the things that he can. So maybe he isnt good at mulittasking? So give him one thing at a time, that may mean that you rlist of things to get done for Thanksgiving will have to be started in April, but if thats what it takes to make it work, then thats what we have to do. I tend to think I have to do everything myself when stuff like this happens, but we dont, it just might take them 10 times longer to get it done. Thats where the acceptance on our part comes in. Its taken me a long time, two years to just get this far, and we have alot further to go with it. He will NEVER be the "Nate" we all knew, but with time, and a little work, everything will be fine! So anyways now that I went off on that little tangent, what im trying to say is, if he has to forget something, id rather it be the less important of two things.