Brain injury

There are some things in life that you simply cannot prepare for and a brain injury is one of those cases. It can happen in a split second and your life is forever altered whether you are the brain injured or someone who will care for a loved one with a brain injury. For both people in this situation, it is a learning experience that will change the way that you view the world.

For the caregiver, it is important that your friends and family understand how much your life has changed. You can help your family to understand by preparing them for the changes in their loved one and how they should react to the condition of their family member.

There are many variations to the way that a brain injury can present itself. In some cases that are the result of a seemingly minor injury, the injury can cause headaches, vision problems, confusion, memory loss, and a variety of other symptoms that will change the life of the brain injured person and their family. In short, the symptoms of a brain injury will depend on the person and the type of injury that has occurred.

While it can be frustrating for the caregiver, it is important to remember that the person with the brain injury doesn’t understand why they cannot do the same things that were simple for them in the past. They will not be able to understand why they can’t remember things or even take care of themselves as they had in the past. It is normal for the person with the brain injury to become irritated and even angry at times. Remembering that your loved one is feeling an intense amount of frustration and anger over their new condition will help you to feel compassionate for their situation and deal with the anger that may sometimes be expressed in less than ideal ways.

Education on dealing with a brain injury will also help a great deal in these situations. Even in situations where the brain injured loved one appears perfectly fine on the outside, may be causing a tremendous amount of anxiety on the inside of this person. Find out how you can help your loved one recover from their brain injury and get past the event that caused their condition.

For family members making the adjustment to their new way of life can often be the hardest part of dealing with a brain injury. You must learn to accept that your life will never be the way that it was in the past and that you still have a great deal to look forward to. Maybe the dreams have changed, but the ability to dream new ones has not been lost. Education is the key to learning how to deal with a brain injury and discussing the problems with the doctor can give you some great ideas on how to handle your new role as caregiver. Lean on others when you have to from time to time. Its okay to find a support group that will help you to remain strong when you are caring for a loved one with a brain injury.

Being the caregiver of someone with a brain injury will require all of the love and patience that you have at your disposal. There will be times when you feel as though you have nothing more to give to your loved one and those are the times when you should lean on others for help. Take some time for yourself once in a while and do something that you enjoy. It will help you to recharge your batteries and have more patience and love to give to your loved one with a brain injury.

Last updated on Jul 16th, 2009 and filed under Other Conditions & Diseases. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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