Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is NOT just “a few headaches”

OK. Now I’m mad. We all know how often our President lies about just about anything, and mostly we just ignore him in his ignorance, but when he minimized the head injuries of our soldiers after the al Asad airbase attack on Jan. 8, I knew I had to attack myself! Remember, this missile attack was in reprisal for a U.S. drone strike Jan. 3 that killed top Iranian general Qassed Soleimani.

A total of 34 American service members were diagnosed with TBI after the al Asad airbase attack. At first Trump said it was just a few concussions. I’ve had “a few concussions” myself and that is no small thing. But then we realized that some soldiers were instead experiencing traumatic head injuries.

DefinitionTraumatic brain injury (TBI) is a non-degenerative, non-congenital insult to the brain from an external mechanical force, possibly leading to permanent or temporary impairment of cognitive, physical, and psychosocial functions, with an associated diminished or altered state of consciousness.

I fell head-first off my bicycle in 2008 and I have NEVER BEEN THE SAME. I fell onto dirt. If it had been concrete I probably would have died. With a serious internal brain bleed, I slipped in and out of consciousness for 24 hours afterwards. I couldn’t think clearly, spell, or write for months after my fall. So much to re-learn! But even then, and even now, 12 years later, I cannot remember words or focus my thoughts anything like I did before my TBI. Some days it is very hard for me to function at all with a constant fear of losing consciousness and balance limitations.

So no, Mr. Trump, a TBI is not about “a few headaches.” Head injuries can and do cause lifelong brain changes that limit full functioning, including balance, consciousness and full cognition!

To learn more about results from trauma head injuries, check out this excellent NBC News article: ‘A different person’: Personality change often brain injury’s hidden toll

4 thoughts on “Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is NOT just “a few headaches”

  1. I fell off my bicycle onto my head, too. I never had a concussion before. Oh my! Now I know why they ask how many fingers am I holding? I wanted to say blue. I struggled to find the right words. I still, 30 years later, sometimes say a word that is totally unrelated to what I’m trying to say.

    I’m very pleased to see that the impact of concussions and brain trauma is getting recognized. Thank you for your post.

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  2. Hey Adela, I love your example of “how many fingers?” BLUE! Over the years I have gotten tired of so many people comparing the affects of TMI to menopause or aging. It is so totally different and I want those who haven’t had one (YET!) to understand the difference! That dazed and confused feeling in my head does not go away. And it isn’t funny to know I can never be the person I was before…

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  3. My niece had a TBI at age 11, and almost didn’t survive it. People here in Maine who slip and fall on ice and hit their heads get TBIs and can never work again. Cheeto Benito not only lies with abandon, but he doesn’t know what he’s talking bout 98% of the time to start with.

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  4. Shari: I’m so sorry to hear about your niece. TBI can and does happen for many reasons everyday. I couldn’t work again in a regular job after my accident, and I’ve only been able to continue writing after much rehab. Now I keep writing to keep my brain working properly. It’s good practice in thinking and writing!

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