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Hope Angel's Cognitive Fitness: How Angela stays focused after her Traumatic Brain Injury.

Angela describes her recovery strategies of morning routine of prayer, meditation, gratitude journaling, self-care strategies, accountability partners, and "Angie's shakes." Watch the video to learn the ingredients!

"You don't just have a brain injury and recover a year later. It's with you for the rest of your life, but it's not your identity. it's just part of your story and not who you are."

Hear Angela's advice for survivors, families, and treaters. She advocates for being interested, curious, and engaged. "Everybody has their own story."

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Playlists: Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list...

Traumatic Brain Injury Survivor Story: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list...

Traumatic Brain Injury Survivor's Spouse: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list...

Traumatic Brain Injury Treater: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list...

Neuropsychology in Traumatic Brain Injury: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list...

Peripheral Brain (Assistive Technology): https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list...

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Adrian attributes his recovery to helpful therapies and the San Diego Community College District's Continuing Education Acquired Brain Injury Program. He's grateful to be back at work.hat topics would you like to learn about on this channel?

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Visit San Diego Continuing Education Acquired Brain Injury program http://sdce.edu/services/dsps/abi/ncc

Visit San Diego Brain Injury Foundation: https://www.sdbif.org

Playlists: Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLlQY3nqaYBmoZgViNrjsQnxJogwkobGHO

Traumatic Brain Injury Survivor Story: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLlQY3nqaYBmrlkIsYG56woUG0g46h02p5

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Traumatic Brain Injury Treater: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLlQY3nqaYBmpO3DC4lrSJEFYvDCP3qyzq

Neuropsychology in Traumatic Brain Injury: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLlQY3nqaYBmoy5QRtvcfzrPWTdr5yLhQP Peripheral Brain (Assistive Technology): https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLlQY3nqaYBmp9kCopvs99W4ylyThseGiG

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"For the first 3 years, I cried all the time. They [support group members] told me I used more Kleenex than anyone they'd ever seen. I was more aware of what was going on. Was he going to work? Our finances. And the grieving."

Jane, wife of an acquired brain injury survivor, talks about her journey of coping with her husband's acquired brain injury.

From Jane's website (http://janelafazio.com/about/?doing_wp_cron=1566882835.7255289554595947265625):
"It wasn’t until my husband’s brain aneurysm, in 1992, that I discovered I could draw and was an artist. My husband, Don, was 46, and had a brain injury. He had to learn to walk, talk, read and write all over again. I was his 24 hour caregiver. "

"I was losing the “Jane” in me, while grieving my husband’s cognitive losses and the future plans we’d made. I signed up for a drawing class, every Tuesday morning. I realized I could draw! ..."

"My husband’s brain injury forced us to recreate our lives. He is my biggest cheer leader and supporter now, while I work full time as an artist and teacher."

This episode is part of the “Survivor Stories” program, a partnership between the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation and Dan Gardner, MD. For more information or to inquire about contributing to our Survivor Stories, please contact the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation at info@sdbif.org or (619) 294-6541. For information about resources for brain injury survivors, family members and professionals please visit https://www.sdbif.org.

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Acquired brain injury survivor and past president of the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation Don talks about his recovery from a ruptured brain aneurysm.

Don was a Human Resource Executive for a high-tech company for 20 years before he suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm and consequent aphasia in 1992. He was never able to work again.

"I was in a meeting. Went out . Boom -just like that, my whole life changed. I had a great job. meeting people. Life was good."

His neurologist's encouragement and Brain injury support meetings have helped Don's progress. "It took 10 months to read a [short] book." "We'd go golfing, and I'd laugh and joke. ..At least try."

"Jane [spouse] was there to help me the whole time."

"You can get better. It takes time."

This episode is part of the “Survivor Stories” program, a partnership between the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation and Dan Gardner, MD. For more information or to inquire about contributing to our Survivor Stories, please contact the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation at info@sdbif.org or (619) 294-6541. For information about resources for brain injury survivors, family members and professionals please visit https://www.sdbif.org.

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Traumatic Brain Injury survivor Cheryl shares her advice for recovering from a TBI. 

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Behavioral Analyst Paul Dores, Ph.D. shares his advice about brain injury recovery. 

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Nurse Case Manager Barbara Greenfield shares her advice about recovery from brain injury. 

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TBI survivor Daniel give tips for recovery. 

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Brain injury survivor Barry shares his advice for recovery. 

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What if you come away from an important discussion with your doctor without a clear understanding of why a specific diagnosis was made or why a certain treatment plan was recommended?

 What if you forget the details of your doctor’s recommendations?  “What other treatment options did she discuss? How many times a day do I take that medication? What potential side effects should I watch for? What further tests did he recommend?”

 Could an incomplete understanding and/ or forgetfulness cause increased worry,  interfere with effective collaboration with your doctor, and lead to a worse outcome?

 Throughout my career,  I’ve worked with many patients to help them deal psychologically with their acute and chronic physical conditions.  A big part of that work involves looking at how patients and doctors interact with one another.  

 Patients are frequently upset by having to deal with distressing symptoms and functional impairments.  And some conditions affect memory, concentration, and ability to comprehend. The emotional distress and / or cognitive impairment often interferes with focusing, remembering, and clearly understanding important details of discussions with their doctors.

 Think of a doctor telling a patient about her newly-diagnosed cancer, then going on to list potential benefits and risks of various treatment options.  Do you think the patient is paying full attention to the discussion, or is she thinking about how this condition may shorten her life and affect her spouse and children? Think of the parent dealing with his child’s chronic disability. Or the brain injured person contending with forgetfulness.  

 Many doctors give their patients a written summary of the visit with treatment recommendations. While helpful, a summary does not include the important details of how the patient and doctor together arrived at the current diagnosis and treatment plan. What other diagnoses were considered? What treatment options did the doctor recommend? What reactions did the patient have to each? And why was the specific treatment chosen over the other options?

 So, what if you could easily make audio recordings of important discussions and have the recordings automatically transcribed and shared with selected family, friends, and treaters?  Would having a recording and transcription stored on your mobile phone reduce confusion, anxiety, and need for additional doctor visits?  

 In response to involvement in the healthcare treatment of his family members with serious illness, a highly-qualified tech expert developed Medcorder,  a free and easy-to-use mobile phone app that patients can use to audio record, transcribe, and share their doctor visits. Check out the info about this app to see if you think that making audio recordings of doctor visits could lead to improvements in understanding, doctor-patient collaboration, and outcomes.

 You can learn about Medcorder here: www.medcorder.com,  and you can view/ listen to my interview with the app creator here:

YouTube : https://youtu.be/kf4V-LOB4Ww

Podcast: https://dangardner.podbean.com/e/should-you-audio-record-your-doctor-visits/

 

(PLEASE NOTE that I have no financial interest in Medcorder.)

 Dan Gardner, MD

www.dangardnermd.com 

Please share this with family,  friends, and colleagues who might be interested.

Also, please comment on this podcast about how you ensure effective doctor-patient communication. 
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