This illness can make one feel trapped inside one’s own body. It can be crippling. It can be devastating. Statistically, people who suffer a TBI are more likely to have suicidal tendencies.** I believe it is due to the brain feeling trapped and unable to function normally (now don’t you be that statistic!). You can do this… there are ways to survive. U R NOT Alone!
It can also be devastating because this concussion stuff has ‘rocked our world’ to the point where we are no longer recognizable. I often describe my life as it having taken a 180 degree turn when the injury occurred. All that I must now be as a person is the exact opposite of what I had known me to be for 44 years, pre-injury.
So, when I have a day when I cannot recognize me… and I cannot accept my circumstances… yet I cannot change a thing… and everyone is talking too fast or too loud… and I can’t find my other shoe… and the dogs need to go out but I just need to go to bed… and I started something, was it laundry? No… was it an email? No…
When I just need to STOP but don’t want to ‘give up’, I have a little trick that helps me to know that I existed for a reason today… but I do need to STOP everything. Everything… and ‘hibernate’ until this ‘brain spell’ subsides. After these four accomplishments below, I find that I can safely let go of the day and just cater to my injury… not feel like a failure… leave the laundry… eat a snack bar instead of a meal…. go barefoot…
…so before I crash… I give this a go to give me some purpose to the day. Please try it and believe that the LORD has a purpose for each of your days:
- Read & write any Bible verse on a piece of paper… keep it near… keep rereading it.
- Do one easy task for someone else.
- Do one easy task for myself.
- Let go… be done with my goals for the day… crash… rest ….sleep.
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“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.”