Word Salad

I still cannot believe that after 7 and a 1/2 years I still get mixed up.  We were in the elevator the other day and I was looking at the elevator buttons.   I turned to the fellow in the elevator and said “ what green do you want?”    I meant what floor but he was wearing a green shirt.   My mind skipped sideways.  Lol
I said something equally as silly BUT I just cannot remember it.   Word mix-ups are common and many brain injury survivors deal with it.

THE BLANK STARE

Another one of my favorites.   It happened to me today.  I suspect it has a lot to do with over-stimulation of my brain.   I cannot process my environment and as I am trying to retrieve a word I blank out.   I have no idea what the word is!   Not a clue.

The word is stuck in the recess of my mind blocked by too much external things.  Today it was people.  My two sons,  my daughter-in-law, my former brother-in-law and my grandson.
There was chatting,  laughing,  movement and it was all too much at once.   So I blank out.  It is quite hilarious standing there in front of my kids trying to describe  something and I HAVE NO IDEA what it is.   Lol.   I used words like…you know that thingy.   It goes on the back of the car.  ( trailer hitch?).  No it folds up.   You know the thing that holds the scooter.    A utility trailer?    I was struggling but the greatest thing of all….IS I CAN LAUGH ABOUT IT.

THE OOPSEY DAISY MOVEMENT

Today this happened also.  Same environment…a small crowd of 5.   Chatting,  laughter, movement, more talking, joking.  I went to hug my son goodbye and I lost my balance.   My vertigo is still present.   Very rarely but it does show up.
It happened twice today.
The good news is that I can now laugh at it all.
After seven and a half years I have made such great strides. I will always deal with deficits but all brain injury survivors, including me, learn to adapt and adjust.

There is no other option. If you are a recent brain injury survivor or already on the journey… things do change. Time, help and regular care of yourself will help you.

Be kind to yourself. It is a journey of ups and downs

Vicki Homes
(a fellow brain-Injury survivor)