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She Will Never Be Found

Posted by Kathleen Newhouse on

Treat the entire life, the entire person. It is proven that recovery goes far beyond the physical damage. It is the psychological effect that goes unseen and far beyond survival. It involves tremendous strength and daily endeavor to pick-up pieces of a life that may never return. Just to heal is a daily chore. Every box opened is a morning unexpected. We must prepare for what is to come. How do you prepare for something you don’t understand, something you can’t see or have consciousness to observe in yourself? How does one cope with the unknown?  Frightened and lost most...

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Rearranged

Posted by Kathleen Newhouse on

Things aren’t different; they are totally rearranged. I have no idea where the rest of me went or who it is that keeps breaking my heart. Who is this strange one who wants so badly to keep a promise?   It is tiring, this life, I’m worn beyond repair. I gave everything to my love and the children God loaned me to raise. Seems I can’t keep anyone happy and perhaps just a burden I’ve become. Today I go silent. No text, no talk, no calls. No one is interested anymore, anyway. The project I am so involved in, trying...

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Hear Me Please

Posted by Kathleen Newhouse on

Again the holes in my skull that are left open for needle insertion to test brain fluid, are painful. A tube protrudes from here, wraps around my neck, down my chest center and into my stomach. You can see this tube and follow it all the way into my stomach. It’s here that excess brain fluid drains, relieving the pressure and softening the constant drone that drives my brain to a state of crazed contempt. The disrespect of a brain scorned by STBI.

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How Does STBI and TBI Affect a Person’s Life?

Posted by Kathleen Newhouse on

After severe traumatic brain injury (STBI) or traumatic brain injury (TBI) a loved one’s life is forever changed. However, the exact ways STBI or TBI will impact a person’s life is incredibly difficult to determine. As the Brainline article from Mount Sinai Medical Center discusses, there are several factors that need to be assessed before a medical professional knows how STBI or TBI will affect a person’s life. These include the severity of the injury, rate of healing, part of the brain that is involved, the individual’s previous lifestyle, and resources for recovery. The brain is a delicate part of the body...

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The Black Zone

Posted by Kathleen Newhouse on

For me, everything is huge now. I wish I could show you. It’s as though I can’t control it. Somewhere I know it’s wrong, way back in the dark mines of my brain, where the walls are dark and roughly falling to the floor. It’s there I see it but I can’t pull it forward any farther. It’s in the Black Zone. So the loss is in control. There’s no connection. The center of my skull is void of brain tissue. The remaining lobes are having trouble connecting. There are no sparks between the nerves. I understand my condition but...

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