Happy Valentine’s Day!
Meet Ariana Beyond Concussion co-founder: On September 28, 2016 I thought it was a regular day just like no other. I went to school then to cheerleading practice. I was the base in my stunt group so I held another girl up over my head. During practice her foot slipped and she fell on my head. My mind went blank, everything I heard was muted, my vision went black, and I didn’t understand what was happening. I thought everything was fine. I was dizzy beyond measure, the only thing I could think to do was to sit down, and I did. After I could see and hear again normally I returned to practice and didn’t tell anyone what had happened due to the fear they the coaches would take me out of the routine. I went home feeling foggy and still aware of the underlying situation. I was unable to do my homework and I couldn’t process anything that was happening around me but still I didn’t tell anyone. I returned to school the next day, took an AP test, went through my day, and forced myself to go to cheer practice again. After practice I started walking to my car, but felt like nothing around me, or my thoughts were processing. I was in a deep fog. I went home and tried to study for three tests I had the next day and it look me two hours to complete one math problem. This is when I finally told my mom. The next day I was diagnosed with a concussion and the other symptoms started presenting themselves. My headaches caused excruciating pain. I ended up taking about 15 pills a day to calm my symptoms but nothing stopped them. I missed almost three months of school, had to drop most of my classes, and was forced to stop all extra curricular activities. I was later diagnosed with post concussion syndrome. I am not the person I was before, I am unable to do the things I used to, and I still have symptoms. If you or someone you know is suffering from a brain injury don’t push them to get better allow time. Speak up and tell something if you suspect an injury don’t hesitate. 💚 Send us your #concussionstory if you would like to be featured on Beyond Concussion. Your story helps connect, understand, and support others. #concussionstory #concussion #awareness #notinvisible #mtbi ... See more
Everyday can have a new challenge, you will persevere! Relationships can be difficult, you can work through them! Daily pain is a struggle, you have the power within you to decrease it! No matter what you’re struggling with, you will find a way! Just believe in yourself! ... See more
Starting this month we will be having a meeting on the third Wednesday of every month at the San Diego Neuropsychology 4405 Manchester Ave. Suite 206 Encinitas, CA 92024 from 7:00-8:00 We’ve had many of you requesting a gathering further up north and we are happy to be able to hold this new meeting. A special thank you to Doctor Mark McDonough with San Diego Neuropsychology for providing this space. ... See more
Stacey Colino Wright’s: Some experts attribute the stress-reducing, health-related benefits of hugging to the release of oxytocin, often called "the bonding hormone" because it promotes attachment in relationships, including between mothers and their newborn babies. Oxytocin is made primarily in the hypothalamus in the brain, and some of it is released into the bloodstream through the pituitary gland. But some of it remains in the brain, where it influences mood, behavior and physiology. ... See more
This list might help those friends and or family members who really can not see all the issues one can face with a brain injury!
BRAIN INJURY SEQUELAE: Because the brain is responsible for many functions, once an individual experiences a brain injury, his or her life is often drastically affected. A person with a brain injury can have a range of medical, cognitive, emotional/behavioral, and psychosocial issues. The sequelae listed in this chart are common challenges associated with brain injury; however, this list is not exhaustive. SOURCE: http://www.socialworktoday.com/archive/exc_070212.shtml ... See more
Great information on the vagus nerve and the gut brain connection!
Easily done but we tend to forget! Just a little reminder as to the importance of breathing, relaxation and meditation. We should do this everyday to calm our body and brain!
Brain fog can be one of the most frustrating parts of living with a brain injury. These symptoms can include confusion, lack of concentration, fatigue, memory loss, feeling blank minded, and so many more. Getting frustrated however, seems to exasperate the symptoms; making it even harder to do daily things. Another part of brain fog, is possible disappointment. Sometimes knowing what we are capable of, and what we have the capacity to do, makes being able to do nothing about it a little harder. Being disappointed with yourself though, is not the answer. Instead be proud that you are able to get through the tough days! With brain fog, self care is a must! Every second you put aside to take a deep breath, go outside, or even just move your focus can help reduce brain fog- from our experience. ... See more
Does your doctor test you for C-Reactive Protein, or Sedimentation Rate? When my patients tell me that they’re feeling tired, foggy, or achy, those are two of the first tests I run. Why? Because I’m looking for signs of Chronic Inflammation. It’s a modern-day epidemic. It makes people tired, foggy and achy. And it can lead to a host of serious diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Atherosclerosis. If you’ve been feeling “off” lately, consider asking your doctor to run these two tests. And if you’d like to learn more, I’ve put a whole site together to explain this scourge, and how to defend yourself and your family. ... See more