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Traumatic brain injury recovery, what advice you have for family members and how about for health care treaters?

Richard Green, LCSW – (Rehabilitation Social Worker)
For family members it does get better, if people are saying to you anything you need from me let me know. Take him up on it, because often people they’d like to make everything okay for you guys, but they can’t do that.

So, if you give them something specific like cook your lasagna that I like so much and bring us a couple of helpings that or could you take him to this appointment. Then access as many resources you can. For the survivors it’s more takes back the roles you’ve lost as you’re able. Learn to feel competent to do it and if needed to it with somebody to start with and then start taking them back and normalize your life.

Get back to school if it’s basic college ABI it’s not San Diego State or Mesa College mainstream classes but you’re back in school you’re learning and you’re continuing to move forward.

Be kind to yourself. Sometimes motivation as you know I affected by the brain injury itself and family you can say he’s not trying or he’s not working hard enough. That feeds right into most of us we’re told at some point in our childhood or life that we weren’t working hard enough. So, it feeds right back into that so trusting yourself and being kind to yourself.

Dan Gardner
That is a big test, let me say about the family if I understand correctly from my experience family members often have a hard time asking for help or accepting help.

Richard Green, LCSW – (Rehabilitation Social Worker)
I think most of us like to say, “I’ve got it covered” and then more and more way down by the pressure of caregiving.

Dan Gardner
Sometimes it’s embarrassing and sometimes people feel ashamed to feel needy. They feel like they need help from other people. As far as the survivor goes when you say, “be kind to yourself”, I think it’s difficult when the survivor has had previous expectations about a level of performance whether it’s physical or intellectual performance. Then he or she has an impairment that’s a challenge to be able to accept it and say well I’m still okay; I’m not a worthless person.

Richard Green, LCSW – (Rehabilitation Social Worker)
To be able to accept what is this yeah, it’s very hard it’s a tremendous adjustment. And to like yourself as you are now and when you’re different.

You’ve lost parts of your identity whether it’s work or maybe physical activity or whatever it was. It’s a tough job and it’s probably a work in progress.

Dan Gardner
Absolutely it is for all of us. So, what about advice for health care treater?

Richard Green, LCSW – (Rehabilitation Social Worker)
With most of the patients here if somebody’s really depressed and is maybe saying I’m it’s not worth it almost threatening suicidal stuff, there’s usually a terrible panic. Well we can say “look, give it two years and see how you feel then”. In that two years they’ll be adjusting to it depression is a pretty natural thing to go through.

That’s okay and that people are going to do what they want to do no matter what we think is best for them. People may do what they they’re going to do, and we must let go and we’re not going to solve a family’s deepest problems in a short rehab stay.

Also, I think physical therapists and well OTS and PTS particularly, if the person struggling to walk that’s an incredibly important role and they become a physical therapist slash psychotherapist.

Dan Gardner
Well if they’re during acute grief at the loss of these capabilities I’m sure it’s hard to muster the energy and the motivation to get back on their feet again metaphorically and literally.

Richard Green, LCSW – (Rehabilitation Social Worker)
I’ve had PT for various minor injuries and the PT might give me this home program and I’m not great at following through and it’s really hard work, it’s harder work than nearly always whatever they’ve had as a job before.

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