Brain Injury: Intro to TBI Information and Crashing Minds

Brain Injury: Intro to TBI Information and Crashing Minds


Hello, my name is Gordon Johnson. You are
now on tbilaw.com, which is a webpage that I have had on the Internet since 1996. This
video is now being shot at a time that I have changed the title of tbilaw.com from the Brain
Injury Information page to Crashing Minds. Why the title Crashing Minds? Well Crashing
Minds is a book that I have been writing for the last couple years and it seemed like it
was time to incorporate some of the themes of that book in TBILaw.com which has hundreds
and hundreds of pages of information on it since I put it up in the mid 1990s. I use
the term crashing minds because the brain in a brain injury does crash in similar ways
to what your computer might do if you in fact overload it and/or did something to make it
crash. Now there’s no comparison to the devastation of a brain injury to a computer crash, but
as we begin to understand the way in which computers work, the average person now knows
what RAM is and a hard drive is, it becomes easier for me to explain similar processes
that happen inside the brain when there’s a brain injury. I’m not a doctor, I’m a lawyer. I’ve been
writing about brain injury virtually my entire career as a personal injury lawyer. These
pages have information I’ve learned on them , both when undertook the massive undertaking
to really understand brain injury when I became a brain injury specialist, but also what I’ve
learned from listening to you, the people with brain injury, my clients, loved ones,
family members of my clients, and the things that I’ve learned in the years of doing battle
with doctors who were hired by defense and insurance companies to basically deny that
anything we know to be true could be true. Tbilaw.com is really not like anything you’re
going to read in a medical book. It does have medical science as its primary basis, but
it’s not written like a doctor would write for another doctor, and it’s not written like
a brain injury survivor would write for another brain injury survivor. The goal is to combine
a technical understanding of brain injury with the communication skills both written
and verbal that I have developed in my career as both a journalist and a writer and also
as a lawyer, but to combine those things in a way where I can teach, I can inform, and
I can advocate. We hope that these pages are self-accrediting
to you that you will see yourselves, you will see your loved ones in these pages and through
them you will in fact get a better sense of what is ahead and what it is that you need
to learn, you need to do, to ensure the best recovery for you or your loved one. Throughout our web advocacy we have seen three
basic themes that come up. The questions come up over and over again. The first is someone
is in a coma, their loved one is in a coma, and the doctors are all saying, the only information
the doctors are giving is that you will just have to wait and see. Well predicting the
outcome of a coma while someone is still in a coma is a very very difficult thing to do,
there is legitimate information, and it’s a very important time for the family member
to learn as much as possible about brain injury. The second theme is that you suffered a concussion,
your family member had suffered a concussion, and the doctors are saying everything’s going
to be better, and when you are a week after the concussion, a month after the concussion,
that’s what you want to hear, and it may in fact be the case, but for a significant minority
of people, 10 to 15 percent of the people, that may not be the case, and the doctor’s
advice that everything will go away, don’t worry, you’ll be fine in six months, isn’t
always true, and for the significant subset, the significant minority of people, there
needs to be more information, there needs to be more assistance and more focus has to
be beyond long-term recovery and we’ve tried to address that issue. The third major issue is what is almost a
complete devoid of information about the long-term potential disability that can come either
after a severe brain injury or after concussion. In the concussion cases it is obvious why
that information isn’t given; because in concussion cases the doctors don’t think there could
be any disability, but remarkably there’s still very little information given about
the long-term consequences, long-term behavioral changes after a severe brain injury. In the
severe brain injury case there is this huge focus of care and attention in the first 90
days; hopefully it extends out for a year, but once you’ve gotten away from the neurosurgeon’s
care, once you’re outside of the requisite number of speech pathology visits or physical
therapy visits, then there’s very very little done given information provided and focus
on long-term recovery. We started a project called TBI Voices a little over two years
ago and we’ve offered almost daily installments of the voices of people who survived injury,
primarily severe injury, and what their life was like as they went through it and what’s
it’s like now. We are creating new pages as we go that incorporates what we’ve learned
from listening to the TBI stories on TBI voices to help people understand the future impact
of brain injury. To help them understand the long-term symptoms that they may suffer. We hope that you click on it. We hope that
you find what you need here. We hope that you will come back. We hope that you will
use tbilaw.com, crashing minds, as your troubleshooting guide for the challenges that are ahead for
those with brain injury.

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