After TBI Injury: Recognizing and Internalizing Deficits
By John Hatten, TBI Coach & Counselor, Survivor of TBI
I’d like to change this blog, but just a bit. I’m going from the TBI 101 to individually named posts, so it’ll be easier to get what will be discussed. I hope you like it.
Like today, I’m going to be discussing how we recognize our brain injury problem areas and then how we “bring them into ourselves,” or internalize them. I do not mean that we need to accept these issues as being permanent, or that we should “settle” for less than we want. Far from it! But in order to “work through or around” our issues, we do need to know what they are: otherwise, we’re fighting a ghost!
I’ll start with a personal example: I’ve known about my dysarthria (difficulty with pronunciation) since my accident, about 40 years ago. But I don’t think I ever really thought of my blurry speech as an issue that I could address, until just recently.
As I hope you know, we at HOPE Beyond Trauma are putting together presentations on various brain injury topics, using Janie Smith’s “Walking Through the Fire” structure. We were recording some of my thoughts on this when Janie told me that we’d have to rerecord some parts, as I wasn’t speaking clearly enough. Then it hit me: I must learn to slow myself down and enunciate. After nearly 40 years, I found that my speech was hindering me professionally and interfering with my ability to help people with cognitive problems. Now that I’m thinking again about this, it’s just amazing that it took me so long to figure this out.
In the next edition (hopefully out soon), I’ll talk a bit about how we recognize problems and how we can start to “move on” to actually working on it. Talk with you soon.