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
(a fellow brain-Injury survivor)