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Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic Brain Injuries

A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is one which occurs as the result of an external force, sometime after birth. The causes and effects of TBIs can be as varied as the people who sustain them – although there are obviously certain activities which carry a greater risk of head injury. The symptoms can also vary from person to person.

Causes of TBI

The most common causes of traumatic head injuries include:

  • falls
  • road traffic accidents
  • violence
  • sports injuries
  • explosive blasts and/or other combat injuries

Only some of these will be preventable.

If you cycle, ride a motorcycle, or take part in any winter or extreme sports such as skiing, snowboarding, skateboarding, or BMXing, for example, it is vital that you always wear an appropriate, and well-fitting helmet. Studies consistently show the benefit of wearing helmets.

  • Wearing a cycle helmet can reduce the risk of brain injury by up to 88%, and the risk of injury to the upper and mid face by as much as 65%.
  • Motorcycle helmets are estimated to reduce the risk of head injury by around 72%.
  • Wearing a helmet whilst skiing could reduce the risk of head injury by between 21 and 45%.

Symptoms of TBI

One thing that is important to remember with brain injuries is that the level of external head injury is not always indicative of the damage that may have occurred within. If you, or someone close to you, has suffered a head injury, there are some very important signs to look out for in the days immediately following:

  • Any loss of consciousness – in fact if there was a loss of consciousness at the time of the accident, NHS advice is to visit your doctor as soon as possible to get checked out.
  • Vomiting – it is not unusual to feel nauseous or to vomit after a blow to the head, but if the nausea and vomiting do not reduce in frequency or intensity over the day or so following the accident, it is time to seek medical attention.
  • Clear fluid – if you notice clear fluid leaking from the nose or ears, you must visit A&E immediately. This could be cerebrospinal fluid, and could signify severe injury.
  • Excessive blood loss – as with any injury, blood loss can lead to shock and other problems, so you must always get it seen by a doctor, particularly if the blood is not clotting or slowing.

Other symptoms that indicate you may need medical attention include fits, seizures, loss of hearing or speech, memory loss, or a difficulty staying awake.

If in doubt, always see a doctor after any head injury, even if you’re not sure that it was that severe – it is always better to be safe.

A brain injury can be life changing, and sometimes it may have been sustained as the result of an accident that was not your fault. If this is the case, and you wish to research your legal options, have a look on the Free Legal Advice Centre, whose video-based site offers many resources.

 

 

Tips for Your Online Dating Profile

online dating girl (free clip art)

online dating girl (free clip art)

Dating today is nowhere near the same as it was decades ago. Today, instead of likely meeting someone while at school, work, or through friends, many people are taking their dating lives to the Internet. The popularity of online dating websites like Match.com and eHarmony.com, as well as the popularity of dating apps like Tinder, has grown tremendously over the years. In fact, more than 41,000,000 people have tried online dating.

When you use online dating, you’re asked to create an online dating profile. This profile is what other users will look at to determine if they want to meet you. Usually, communication is started between you and a prospect to determine if you have anything in common that warrants a real date, and real dates are set forth from there if desired.

online dating boy (free clip art)

online dating boy (free clip art)

Since your Internet dating success rate is based mostly on your profile, you’ll want to ensure you create one that makes you attractive to potential suitors. Here are some tips to help you create the best online dating profile.

Talk about yourself.

Although this may seem obvious, many people use their online dating profile to discuss the person they want to meet instead of themselves, and this is a big no-no. If you want someone to be interested in you, it’s important to talk about you. It is okay to mention what you’re looking for, but be sure the majority of your profile discusses you instead of what you want.

Be positive.

music (free clip art)

music (free clip art)

Most online profiles will ask you to list likes and dislikes, and if your dislikes far outnumber your likes, you may turn off potential suitors. Being too negative can have a negative impact on your love life. After all, if your entire profile is one big complaint, nobody will want to meet you in real life and listen to Negative Nancy all night long.

Instead, be positive. Talk about what you love to do and what you like to do. If there is something you don’t like, try turning into a positive. For example, if you hate a certain genre of music, talk about the type of music that you do like instead. This will be much more attractive.

Look your best, but in a real way.

Because most people make snap judgments based on the picture they see, it’s important that you put a decent profile picture on your profile to make you attractive to suitors. However, it’s also important that you don’t lie. For example, if you’re 40, putting a picture of yourself from when you were 21 is not a good idea. The individual who wants to meet you for a date will be very disappointed when you don’t look like your picture.

selfie (free clip art)

selfie (free clip art)

Take a real picture of yourself and put it on your profile. Do your best to make yourself attractive, such as by doing your hair, wearing makeup, and smiling. (Hint: This would be a good time to visit the dentist to give you the best smile, such as through teeth whitening or dental implants.) By using an attractive yet realistic picture of yourself, you’ll be more likely to impress the individual you date in person.

Belly button rings

When my niece was living with me in 2002, she was asking me every day to let her do something radical to her appearance. One day she was telling me that she wanted to pierce her tongue (I said no) and the next day she wanted to shave her head. I actually said “yes” to that, but she didn’t do it. I think she was just testing me on that one. I kept telling her that I had promised her parents that while she was in my care that I would not let her get any body piercings or any tattoos. If they wanted to let her decorate her body in that fashion then they could take her to the piercing salon and tattoo parlor herself.

The requests did not stop, however. At least once a week she would ask me if she could get her tongue pierced, or her naval pierced. Or even her nose a couple of times. For a while I stated just saying “no you can’t pierce anything or tattoo anything” before I even said “Hi!” So it was with much glee and satisfaction when she went back to live with her parents at the end of the school year that she got her naval and tongue pierced AND got a couple of tattoos as well! I think she thought that I’d be angry with her about it, but I didn’t care at all. In fact I was more than happy to give her a couple of pretty belly button rings for Christmas that next holiday season!