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Dealing with a Brain Injury


The issues that most people don't realize and I didn't even realize myself is when I came home from the hospital I felt ok. I didn't really notice any changes in myself at first. Over time
I realized that my memory loss was not just from the time of the injury. The injury had erase some memories from my past. I know certain things happened to me in my past but I don't remember them. What I mean is this, I know where I used to live as a kid, the address and how to get there but I no idea what it looked like or anything but I did before. I know I have children, I know I was there for their births but I don't remember it. No visual memory, I cannot replay it in my mind. That is the hardest part to get used to and still is. When my children talk about memories of when they were young I can go along with the story. That is the problem to me it is just a story. My mind doesn't see the picture of that memory anymore. 

Feelings are different, very different in a way that before I was a person that listened to his heart even when the head was saying NO NO NO. Got me in trouble a lot of times, more than I like to admit. Now I look at everything logically. My heart and feelings never come into play on any decision I make now, never! Everything is black & white, facts facts facts. So no good for being in a relationship, that is hard, very hard now. I never think about feelings, mine or others. I have to remind myself to think of others feelings. I am not rude, I say what I think but when it comes to being with someone before the injury I was the type that liked to hold hands, kiss and hug, very affectionate, Now I don't do any of that, I have to be reminded and to be honest the people in my life that I love, I don’t feel love but I know I love them. So really my feelings are a lot like my memories, I know that I love or like or dislike someone but I don't actually feel it. The only feeling I truly feel is anger or frustration, I don't get angry or frustrated very easily but if I do I do feel it.


Eating is very different for me now also. I cannot smell anything! You can put a bottle of perfume or the stinkiest thing you have up to my nose and nothing, I got nothing. So for me eating is well, not very exciting. I can only taste 4 different things, sweet, bitter, sour, spicey.
So I was never a junk food junkie but I am now because it is sweet and I can taste that. So my eating habits have changed in what I eat, how much I eat and when I eat. You would think I would be skin and bones because food has no taste so I wouldn't be eating, WRONG! Well on the skin and bones part. I eat because I have to, I eat when I am starving, so for me, I can not eat breakfast, lunch and even dinner but then 8pm or 9pm comes and I am starving, I eat candy or something sweet or whatever I can get my hands because I am so hungry. I tried to eat 3 meals a day, I tried to get a routine going but I would  get sick to my stomach, I was gagging food down. So I just eat when I am hungry, which is once a day, late in the day and it is not healthy by any means.


So how do you cope? For me I don't really know if I ever have. I play it off to family members, I try to be all smiles and laugh and joke when around family because there is really no way they can help, my brain was injured, it is broke and I am not the same person I was before and I never will be. Now the person I was with at the time of the injury could never understand how and why I was so different. When she said she understood and accepted it I could see in her eyes and how she acted afterwards that she didn’t. She wanted the real Roy to come back, I could never get her to understand that I would if I could but I don't even know who the “Real Roy” is. Once I seen how she reacted I knew I was meant to be alone and I was meant to put on the act of everything is ok for family so they wouldn’t hurt.

Why I am writing this? It is not for attention, It is not for people to feel sorry for me, I am writing this because there maybe someone out there that has had a brain injury and is going through the same thing or someone out there may know someone that is going through this and wants to help. Just be there, listen and even though the same person you once knew is gone they still need and love you.
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Wow! I'm going to respond to you over this subject. I have similar issue after a closed head injury. I smell it's supper sensitive though. Light brothers me etc... I need more time to respond in my own words give me time to compose it.
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My friend, Zoë Keating, is a musician, wife and mother. Recently, her husband was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. He is Vegan, and has never smoked anything in his life.

Zoë writes:

On May 13 an MRI found 20 tumors in my husbands brain. On May 15 he could barely breathe and was in a lot of pain. A CT scan that day revealed he had a softball-sized tumor in his lung, tumors in his other lung, his liver and possibly his bones. On our way home from the imaging center our primary care doc called and told us to turn around and get to the hospital right away. My husband was admitted and they promptly removed more than a pint of fluid from his lungs, which helped him breathe better. We were there for 6 days while they performed a bronchoscopy, did more scans, gave him drugs to stop his brain from swelling and administered emergency chemo.

Zoë and Jeff submitted their claim to their health insurance provider, Anthem Blue Cross. Their claim was reviewed by an OB-GYN instead of an Oncologist for some reason, and that person decided to deny their claim:

"Coverage for the requested service is denied because the service does not meet the criteria for “medical necessity” under your description of benefits. To assist our Medical Director in making this decision, we have put a process in place to send all information about the service to a clinical reviewer with appropriate credentials. Based on their opinion, we have determined that covered for the requested service is denied. Our Medical Reviewer Layma Jarjour MD has determined we cannot approve your hospital stay for cancer. We do not have enough facts to show that it was medically necessary. "

Jeff was admitted to the hospital because he had cancerous tumors all over his fucking body, his lungs were filling with fluid, and if he was not admitted, he. Would. Die. For some reason, Medical Reviewer Layma Jarjour MD decided that this was not "medically necessary."

If putting someone into the hospital to save their life because their lungs are filling with fluid and that person will die if they are not treated immediately is not "medically necessary", what is?!

Zoë pointed out that "Anthem is owned by WellPoint. Did you know Wellpoint CEO Joseph Swedish earned almost $17 million during his first year on the job? Now you know how they can afford to pay him."

I hope that, by shining some light on this, Anthem Blue Cross will reverse its decision, and honor their claim. They are suffering enough right now, and don't need this crap.

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I'm so sorry unfortunately that's health care in the USA many people have to make decisions such as do they eat, live or get medacel treatment. This is ridiculous something should be done. My prayers are with you.
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I recently took a new opportunity that would have me traveling during the week but home on weekends. A great way to have new I.T. experiences and to expand my knowledge and grow.  I started on my journey Sunday from my home in Columbus Ohio to Benton Harbor...
I recently took a new opportunity that would have me traveling during the week but home on weekends. A great way to have new I.T. experiences and to expand my knowledge and grow.  I started on my journey Sunday from my home i...
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Benton Harbor!! WooHooo.
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This just amazing to idea. This could have such a impact on law enforcement investigations. 
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Media and how it feeds Racism


Ok from the title I know already some people are like yeah right or WTF.  Just read what I have to say then make your own judgement.  The Ferguson shooting was not reported like any other shooting, it was reported as white cop shot a black man. Then they show protestors that are all black. I know racism still exists in this country but at the same time we need to stop feeding it. What should have been report and what is important is that a young man lost his life and from all the reports (which there are many) that the police DID NOT have to shoot him. What have should have been the theme of all the coverage is why? What was the reason for the shooting not the skin color of either party. The media reports all the protests and violence and if you actually talk to the people that live there the violence is coming from people outside the community not the people that from there. Do you hear that on major media? No! Why? Because every major media outlet has 1 goal, get viewers, they equal more advertising, that equals more money in their pocket. So the next time you watch CNN or FoxNews or MSNBC just remember, each one will have their own spin on it depending on their viewer base which is wrong, news should not be political, it should be facts, truth, nothing else! 
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Have you seen this dude's banjo cover of Slayer's "Raining Blood"? #Video 

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This Trooper cover is also not bad: http://stevenseagulls.com/musiikki/
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The Secure Linux OS we've been waiting for has come out of beta!
Tails is a live system that aims to preserve your privacy and anonymity. It helps you to use the Internet anonymously and circumvent censorship almost anywhere you go and on any computer but leaving no trace unless you ask it to explicitly. It is a complete operating system designed to be used ...
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Strawberry Blackberry Vodka Mojito  is deceptively delicious. The fruit, mint and lightly sweet flavors making it a refreshing drink on a hot day!

get #recipe  >> http://www.callmepmc.com/2014/04/strawberry-blackberry-vodka-mojito/
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  • 3M
    Technical Support Engineer, 2014 - present
  • Pomeroy IT Solutions, Inc.
    Migration Specialist, 2014 - 2014
    Migrating Whirlpool employees from XP to Windows 7.
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    Migration Specialist, 2013 - 2014
    Migrating Windows Operating Systems & Pushing out applications Via SCCM
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