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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.



Comforts of home

fireplace (free clip art)

fireplace (free clip art)

There just seems to be something so warm and even romantic about a fire in the fireplace. If there is one thing I could think of I like about the cold weather it is the chance to light a fire in the fireplace. We usually put some pillows on the floor and watch a good movie on the television with popcorn at hand.

The comfort of a warm fire helps keep our family together and feeling that our house is a home. I am always glad when we all agree on a good thing.

Invited out for Thanksgiving

I’ve been invited out to a friends house for Thanksgiving this year.  I’m very grateful for the invitation; I’ve had a hectic autumn and it looks like a hectic winter is approaching, so not having to clean and cook and entertain at my house this year is a blessing!  The only drawback is that I won’t have as much leftover turkey as I like to have for leftover meals.  So I guess I’ll be buying a turkey breast anyway and cooking it up here at home so we can have leftover turkey no matter what.  I’ll be making a cranberry-orange-apple relish dish to take with me to the dinner to share with the other guests.  It’s a recipe I’ve had for about four years now, and I like it a lot.  I hope the other guests will like it too!

My Halloween costume

Angel and Devil (free clip art)

Angel and Devil (free clip art)

We’re going to a Halloween costume party this Friday and I’ve finally got my costume all ready to go. I decided to make my own costume this year, just for the fun of it. I decided to dress like an angel and managed to find some nice angel wings and a halo at the costume store. I bought a very pretty white nightgown for the angel gown, figuring that I can actually wear it as a nightgown later. (Yeah, I’m practical like that!) My boyfriend is dressing up like a devil; we are representing ourselves as “Heaven and Hades.”

I’m really looking forward to the party – it’s been a long time since I’ve been to a costume party, and I really enjoy them a lot! I hope we win the best couples costumes prize!

Music is a personal thing

Musical notes (free clip art)

Musical notes (free clip art)

One thing that my husband and I do not agree on is music. He likes the “moldy oldies” from the 1940’s and 1950’s while I much prefer to listen to what I call “classic” rock and roll like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones,  and The Who.  Since my hubby is home all of the time, and in pain from all of his injuries, I humor him and let him listen to his music when we are together. But when I am alone, if music is playing it is “my” music as quick as I can change the station!

Another thing we disagree on when it comes to listening to music is that he likes to listen to music at the highest volume possible! That loudness really hurts my ears! So there are a lot of times when I get into my car and start the engine and am blasted with very loud music! I need to learn to turn the volume down on the radio before I even turn the key!