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€ TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY RESEARCH DATABASE
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€ TBIMS PUBLICATIONS
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€ RHODE ISLAND BRAIN INJURY ASSOCIATION
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€ WHAT LEGISLATORS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY
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€ TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY LEGAL ADVICE
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€ TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY CLEARING HOUSE
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€ TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY RESOURCE
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€ HEALTH HELPER - BRAIN INJURY + CONCUSSION & MORE
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€ REHAB NET - OBERVIEW OF TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY
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€ TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY RESOURCES
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€ TRI ONLINE DISABILITY
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€ CONFRONTING TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY
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€ BRAIN INJURY CENTER
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€ DEFINITION OF "MILD" TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY
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€ TOP TEN BRAIN INJURY RESOURCES
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€ BRAIN INJURY
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€ YAHOO ! BRAIN INJURY ORGANIZATION
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€ TPN RESOURCES
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€ "MILD" BRAIN INJURY TASKFORCE
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€ TPN BROCHURE - INTERLINK
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€ DEPRESSIONS IN BRAIN INJURY
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€ BRAIN INJURY - LAWYERS ROLE
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€ BRAIN INJURY ASSOCIATION
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€ BRAIN INJURY ASSOCIATION
€ € € SUPPORT NEEDED FOR ALL ! IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU, A LOVED ONE, FRIEND, ETC. IT TRULY IS A "SILENT EPIDEMIC" THAT NEEDS ATTENTION ! NOT TO BE HIDDEN ANY LONGER ! IT IS "NOT FUNNY" TO BE ONE !!!!!!
† Pay attention to concussions !
The effects can appear days afterwords !
† Look at the effects seen in many sports "head" injuries that manifest days, months, - yes - years!
Many so-called "minor injuries" like in auto accidents could one day be "major" if not watched !
† Not just the brain injured need help understanding the effects of the injury! Families + friends!
§§§ Many physicians ignore or underestimate the effects of head {brain} injuries ! Seek a second opinion with a brain specialist in these cases immediately !
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€ None of these appearing clickable links with written text are working links ! The message about
brain injury is so important to every person, this space is used to hopefully stress to ALL why is its so important ! I want ALL to use my own story to understand how it affects US ALL!
† ONE of the tragedies is how so many medicial people do not understand this injury !
A brain injured person is not emotionally "nuts"{I hate that word in this context, but it is used to make a point ! Yes, there are emotional side affects very often ! And they also must be treated
by a competant professional trained in head injury care ! They are few !
† So often those with brain injuries are shoved aside by "friends, and yes, even "Family" members -- because that person is not the same anymore and it makes them uncomfortable ! Well now ! Talk about
support ! The brain injured person,thusly, by shunning is isolated even more making recovery
even harder -- if at all ! THIS IS THE TIME SUPPORT IS MOST NEEDED ! BE A SUPPORTER AND PREVENT FURTHER EMOTIONAL DAMAGE !
€ € € GARY BUSEY MINISTERS TO BRAIN INJURY
****He also Learned the HARD WAY !
€ € € TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY - NATIONAL CENTER FOR INJURY PREVENTION AND CONTROL
***Important Web Site on TBI !
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§ § THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A HEAD INJURY GOING UNTREATED IGNORED § §

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THERE IS SO MUCH TO BE LEARNED ABOUT BRAIN INJURY -- even by physicians !

If you are brain injured, or have a family member or friend who is, and need someone in a similar experience FEEL FREE TO CONTACT POPS @

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PLEASE ALLOW ME TO HELP !

There is no shame in being brain injured or having a loved one who is !

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Ά Ά Ά Ά I HAVE BEEN HONORED by a fellow survivor who after seeing these pages has allowed me to link HIS MOST EXCELLENT web page on BRAIN INJURIES and also from the perspective of a SURVIVOR.

PLEASE TAKE LOTS OF TIME TO READ HIS PAGES AT: € • • • • TBI INTERCHANGE

{}{}{} PLEASE spend a lot of time here at both our sites. AND, send these to friends ! Thanks !

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October 10, 1976

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THE "LAST" DAY OF THE "REST" OF MY LIFE

† It was a dark foggey night on Rt.9N. The roads were wet from an earlier rain.
• I was about seven miles from home after traveling some 40 miles from a volunteer organization's board meeting of which I was a member. And it was about 10 p.m.

It would be some ten days before I would get home to my wife and three children €€€

BUT, it was not really me €€€

† Coming around a sharp bend ahead of me were those lights of a vehicle spinning out of control. I swerved to the berm on my side of the road € € €

• To no avail ! The lights disappeared ! Yet, today I can still see them coming around that bend €€€

† I awoke the next morning with a mighty headache. Yet I could hardly see at first my one eye did not want to open. I had to go to the bathroom and it was then I realized I was in a hospital bed.
• My God, who was that I saw in a mirror as I struggled into the bathroom ! My face was swollen and I had this ugly bandage covering the massive hematoma on my left forehead €€€
• I heard a scream ! It was me !€€€
• A nurse helped me back to bed .€€€
• She said I had been in an auto accident !

† Kay, my wife, had been patiently waiting for me to come home -- I always did before -- with the kids safely asleep in their beds.€€€
• Suddenly the quiet of the late night was broken by the sound of an ambulance siren - its wailing magnified by the dense fog .€€€
• It was me, she said to herself !€€€

† About an hour later the quiet was again broken by the sound of the telephone ringing. €€€
• It was the hospital and a nurse told her to come up to the emergency room as I was seriously injured in an accident. She got the oldest child up to tell her and that she was to stay awake until she returned.
• Kay called a friend to take her to the hospital. It was to be a long night of immense stress for my family that was to continue for years !€ € €

† † † The same me was never to return! My family and OUR lives were never to be "normal" again !

Ά Ά Ά Thus was to be a new but worse ME ! And it changed the lives of three growing children and a dedicated wife !

THE LIFE THEREAFTER € € € I was brain injured --but no one realized that for a long, long time !

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§ § § WHAT HAPPENED ΏΏΏ § § §

• • • No One "really" knows ! • • •

† I can not really remember. The last I saw and remember were - - - those lights !
• Theory is that the car hit my VW van front mounted spare tire head-on, bounced off, and came back to hit my drivers side and front again !
• Tire tracks indicated my van stayed on the berm on my side of the road when I was hit and afterwards.

• I was found in the "passenger" seat; the floor gearshift bent flat toward that side of the van, and a huge indentation in the passenger side door where I had apparently been thrown... I had my seat belt on at the time of the collision ! Speculation is on first impact my body lurched forword and the seat belt button struck the steering wheel and released it !
• My head initially hit the windshield shattering it. Who knows where next !

§ § § THE WORKING OF THE SUBCONSCIOUS ! § § §

† A friend was the EMT on the ambulance attending me. He said I was complaining only that me knees were hurting. When he opened the door he said I started to help him get me out ! The van was leaning down a steep bank, so I was much higher than my EMT friend.
• He had to hollar at me to keep me still. It was very apparent to him I had a head injury ! I didn't cooperate well when they transported me to the emergency room. I fought the cold pack place on my forehead and wanted to sit up - "I was alright !"
• In the emergency room, still not aware of anything, it is said I refused to let them take my shoes off so they could remove my pants more easily.
€ My mother always warned me when I went out to make sure I had clean underwear and no holes in my socks - - - I wasn't sure, I guess !

† The ambulance waited to see if I would need to be transported further to a major hospital in Vermont -about an hours traveltime.
• But, back then, "head" injuries were not considered necessarily "brain" injuries.

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THE 'SILENT EPIDEMIC' IS GETTING LOUDER -- LEFT UNATTENDED MORE AND MORE BRAIN INJURED SUFFER EVEN MORE. IT WILL ALSO MAKE IT MORE EXPENSIVE FOR OUR SOCIETY TO CARE FOR THESE PEOPLE --- PERHAPS EVEN THEIR FAMIIES AS WELL !
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