Friendships often fall apart after someone has a TBI because people don’t understand what that person is going through; they might even think he is faking. And in turn, the injured person doesn’t understand why his friends have suddenly abandoned him. Loss of relationships and loneliness can be devastating after a brain injury.
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The TBI Coach, Nathalie Kelly, explains cognitive fatigue in a way that everyone can understand. Brain fatigue is a huge debilitating issue for those with brain injuries and concusssions. See the full transcript below.
Hello my beautiful and courageous friends,
Do you find it hard to understand that at some moments someone with a TBI can appear to function pretty well, and a minute later they are stuttering and stumbling?
It’s called Cognitive Fatigue. Cognitive fatigue happens because the injured brain is working very hard . Since the old pathways are broken, your amazing brain is having to find new paths. when the brain is overloaded and it is like your brain switch being turned off. One minute you are there, and the next minute, it was too much, a fuse blew, and you are gone.
It can be so extreme of a contrast, that people get accused of faking their brain injury. That hurts!
The best explanation I have ever heard comes from Dr. Clark Elliott in his fabulous book “The Ghost in My Brain”. He came up with a great metaphor. It is as if we have 3 energy batteries, an A, B, C battery.
The most efficient battery is the A battery. For most people, it gets charged up each night with sleep,and lasts throughout the day. When the A battery gets used, we have to turn to our B battery. The B battery does not last as long and takes a lot longer to charge. When the B Battery runs down, we have to turn to our emergency battery, the C battery. The C battery should be for dire emergencies only. It only lasts a short while and it takes days to recharge. It’s kinda of like your laptop tells you you have 2% battery left. And then it shuts off and the screen goes black.
When you have a TBI, your A battery gets used up processing things that took no effort before. An enormous percentage of our brain’s energy goes toward processing vision. While it was no problem before, now Processing vision and sound, balance and motion, now takes most of your available energy. So your A batteries are always depleted.
You are now running on B batteries to do anything else, getting groceries, driving a car, going to work. They are not going to last long. And so you are dipping into the C batteries on a daily basis and not just during an emergency.
This is what it looks like when the C batteries are depleted. There will be days of sleep to pay for pushing it this far.
At the beginning of a brain injury when your brain is working really hard to find workarounds for the broken connections, you may be like this most of the time. Over time, as your brain slowly heals, your ability to process information improves and now your A battery has a little more capacity. As you get better you are tapping into you C battery less and less, perhaps only on rough days instead of everyday.
When you are fatigued, it is really important to sleep. That is the only way the batteries get charged again. And that is how our brain heals. New studies show that sleep is the process during which the brain dispels toxins so it can function at its best.
So, if someone you love has a Brain Injury and you can tell they are fatigued. What they need from you is an Immediate response. It takes less than a minute to go from one battery cell to the next, Take them out of the situation, the restaurant, the noise, and get them to quiet, dark, and rest ASAP. You do not want to linger. and You do not want to push the system into the C batteries.
Please share with our community your thoughts and experiences in the comment section below. What do you think of this A B C Battery metaphor? What helps you with cognitive fatigue?
Visit my website http://www.TheTBICoach.com for more helpful videos and tips and for my special report on 3 Things Everyone with a TBI Should Know.
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Stroke Rehab ideas for incorporating your electrical stimulation (SaeboStim Pro) device in practicing grasp and release with your affected arm and hand. Home therapy series from Saebo UK
Meet a handful of people with brain injury who give courage and tenacity new meaning.
What you should know about brain injury and recovery
Table of Contents
- Brain Injury: Basic Facts
- Anatomy of the Brain: The Basics
- Scales, Tests and Diagnostic Measures
- Glossary of Terms You May Hear
- Questions Families Should Ask Their Trauma Care Medical Team
- Expected Emotions and Helpful Coping Tips
- Important Tips for the Days and Weeks After the Injury or Diagnosis
- Steps to Negotiate the Insurance Maze
- Helpful Resources, and Credible Organizations and Web Sites
Dr. Samantha Backhaus talks about situations that might be emotional triggers for people with brain injury
Indego Therapy Exoskeleton
A new video has been released to showcase the Indego Therapy exoskeleton. It’s worth 14 minutes of your time.
Indego Exoskeleton – Advanced Opportunities for Therapy
These three institutions can offer trials of the Indego Personal unit and therapy sessions with the Therapy product.
– More Rehab (Sheffield/Doncaster)
– The Royal Buckinghamshire Hospital (Aylesbury)
– The Wellington Hospital (London)
The real power offered by the Indego for Therapy is it’s ability to really fine tune the support provided to a user. It’s easy to argue that if an exoskeleton does all the work it is not likely to be beneficial to the user who has potential for functional recovery. The Indego’s outstanding ability to provide adjustable support to the user means that it is truly restorative technology. It’s the combination of hardware and software that makes the difference. To take advantage of neuralplasticity it is important that fine control of the gait pattern is achieved – otherwise all that happens is a reinforcement of poor performance.
This video unpicks the details of exactly what the Indego Therapy unit can do.
What’s the difference between the Therapy and Personal models?
The Therapy unit has an adjustable thigh and pelvis sections to allow easy adjustment in the clinic for users with different statures. The Personal unit functions in an identical manner but the fact that it is intended for one user means that the adjustment features are not needed. It is therefore lighter. Some 12 kg for the Personal Indego and 17 kg for the Therapy product
Saebo, Inc. is a medical device company primarily engaged in the discovery, development and commercialization of affordable and novel clinical solutions designed to improve mobility and function in individuals suffering from neurological and orthopedic conditions. With a vast network of Saebo-trained clinicians spanning six continents, Saebo has helped over 100,000 clients around the globe achieve a new level of independence.
In 2001, two occupational therapists had one simple, but powerful goal – to provide neurological clients access to transformative and life changing products.
At the time, treatment options for improving arm and hand function were limited. The technology that did exist was expensive and inaccessible for home use. With inadequate therapy options often leading to unfavorable outcomes, health professionals routinely told their clients that they have “reached a plateau” or “no further gains can be made”. The founders believed that it was not the clients who had plateaued, but rather their treatment options had plateaued.
Saebo’s commitment – “No Plateau in Sight” – was inspired by this mentality; and the accessible, revolutionary solutions began.
Saebo’s revolutionary product offering was based on the latest advances in rehabilitation research. From the SaeboFlex which allows clients to incorporate their hand functionally in therapy or at home, to the SaeboMAS, an unweighting device used to assist the arm during daily living tasks and exercise training, “innovation” and “affordability” can now be used in the same sentence.
Over the last ten years, Saebo has grown into a leading global provider of rehabilitative products created through the unrelenting leadership and the strong network of clinicians around the world. As we celebrate our history and helping more than 100,000 clients regain function, we are growing this commitment to affordability and accessibility even further by making our newest, most innovative products more accessible than ever.