all this crazeeeee new vocabulary

Medical vocabulary:

  • TBI ~ Traumatic Brain Injury... when the brain experiences a violent blow or jolt to the head resulting in long-term changes in the brain tissue.
  • MTBI ~ Mild Traumatic Brain Injury... when the brain experiences a violent blow or jolt to the head resulting in a only a temporary dysfunction of brain tissue.
  • MRI ~ Magnetic Resonance Imaging... a large machine that your entire body can go into as the noisy magnets take pictures of your insides… much like an x-ray for tissue
  • CAT or CT scan ~ Computed Tomography...  this scan combines a series of X-ray images taken from different angles and uses computer processing to create cross-sectional images, or slices, of the bones, blood vessels and soft tissues inside your body. CT scan images provide more detailed information than plain X-rays do. A CT scan has many uses, but is particularly well-suited to quickly examine people who may have internal injuries from car accidents or other types of trauma.
  • EEG ~ Electroencephalogram… a test that detects abnormalities in your brain waves, or in the electrical activity of your brain. 
  • PCS or Post-Concussion (Concussive) Syndrome ~ when the ill effects of a brain injury last beyond the first days of injury (also called post-concussive syndrome).
  • Flooding ~occurs after brain injury because the brain’s ‘filters’ no longer work properly… click here for more info.
  • Contrecoup ~ “counter blow”… when the brain is smashed against its own hard surface on one side then bounces back to a hit on the other side.
  • Brain vocabulary video
  • General TBI informational video 

My own ‘sensical’ vocabulary:

  • brain-break – this term I acquired from my brain rehabilitation team.  It is a ‘break-away’ from the most stimuli possible… preferably:
    ~all lights off  (mask or a dark room)
    ~all sound off (ear plugs)
    ~20-30 minutes 2/day
    *this WILL be key to regaining your momentum for the next portion of your day
    take additional breaks immediately when symptoms begin… this should stop the symptoms and/or make them not as severe
  • brain spell or a spell ~ my own term for when my brain feels unable to function in a way that makes sense and the ill effects of my TBI are present, some or all of the following:  nausea, vertigo, extreme fatigue/aches or complete inability to focus… aka: “tripping UP the DOWN escalator.”      Example:  putting on one shoe and then it taking an hour+ to ever get the second shoe on or even know why I wanted my shoe on in the first place!  Once this ‘mode’ begins, it is usually a warning for me to stop – drop everything and just go to bed.  The sooner I cater to the brain spell’s needs, the fewer days of repercussions I will experience.
  • roogaboog ~ my Norwegian grandmother’s (made-up) term for chaos, complications or even multiple things happening at once.
  • tUtDe ~ tripping Up the Down escalator


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