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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.
[WEB SITE] Physical Therapist From Vive Health Demonstrates 8 Easy Hand & Finger Exercises Using Therapy Putty on YouTube – Video
Losing grip strength is a common byproduct of arthritis and a number of other health issues. Following a fast and simple set of exercises using Therapy Putty can help. Vive Health demonstrates them in a free video that is winning wide praise.
Naples, FL (PRUnderground) February 21st, 2020
Arthritis, age, and many other factors can lead to weakened grip and hand strength. Of course, this has a negative lifestyle impact that can’t be understated. Always on top of providing easy-to-follow and functional wellness tips and products Vive Health recently celebrated the release of a compelling new YouTube video addressing this serious concern, “8 Easy Hand & Finger Exercises Using Therapy Putty” with Karen Miller, PTA doing the instruction and demonstration. Only requiring a few minutes a day, and with Therapy Putty being quite affordable, this is a video that those who are going through hand and finger pain or diminishing coordination should not miss.
“For someone who has arthritis this could be the best four minutes they could ever spend watching our Therapy Putty video,” remarked a spokesperson from Vive Health. “Karen is well spoken and knowledgeable and does an amazing job showing these simple hand and finger exercises. These exercises can help improve dexterity and fine motor skills, while also reducing or removing stress. They are great for physical therapy, occupational therapy and rehabbing a hand or hands after surgery.”
Vive Health offers premium quality Therapy Putty in a number of different strengths so that they can be used in a progressive way to help regain or build hand and finger strength and coordination. Free shipping is even available for orders over $39 in the United States.
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[VIDEO] Stroke Rehabilitation: Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) for grasp and release – YouTube
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
People who experience difficulty processing sensory information, such as autistic people, those with sensory processing disorder SPD, or highly sensitive people can sometimes go into a state of sensory overload. Overload occurs when a person experiences too much sensory stimulation and cannot handle it all, like a computer trying to process too much data and overheating. This can happen when there’s a lot going on, like hearing people talk while a TV blares in the background, being surrounded in a crowd, or seeing lots of blinking screens or flashing lights. If you or someone you know is experiencing sensory overload, there are some things you can do to help reduce its effects.
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The human brain is a wonderful organ with amazing flexibility. Learn more about recovery.