Kara Swanson's Brain Injury Blog

March 25, 2020

Just Checking In With Everyone…

Filed under: Uncategorized — karaswanson @ 1:29 pm

How is everyone holding up? I realize this is a stressful time for everyone and, for those of us with brain injuries, the disruption to our routines and, perhaps, being sequestered with too many people can lead to an uptick in brain injury challenges and symptoms.

Last night on TV I saw actual graphs of counties where their virus arc leveled off almost immediately after the implementation of stay-at-home orders were set in place. This is great news. It works!

For those of us who, because of our injuries, have felt less than so many things since we were hurt, this is our opportunity to achieve and rise and accomplish amazing things as much as anyone else who uses their full-healthy brains.

By staying away from each other and by staying home, we join the fight of the good. We share the burden of those seeking to ease the burden of healthcare workers and first responders in our communities.

It’s not a hardship to stay home. It is our tool to fight against losing our lives and the lives of those we love. That is a wonderful thing when we have such an available option.

Hang in there, everyone! For those of you confined with too many people in your home and no relief, try to carve out private and quiet space in the basement, in a spare bedroom or on the back patio. Every day. Every day.

For each of us who doesn’t have to be admitted to a hospital in the coming weeks, we are allowing a nurse or a doctor to maybe return to their family an hour earlier at the end of a 15-hour day. That’s my incentive. I have loved ones on the front lines who are already weary and worried and hoping we all try our best not to appear in front of them on a hospital bed.

When this situation gets tough, and it does for all of us, remind yourselves and let’s remind each other how many obstacles we have toughed our way through already.

Wishing you and yours continued strength and good health and patience and determination. Love you.

March 13, 2020

What a time to be alive…

Filed under: Uncategorized — karaswanson @ 11:34 am

For those of us with brain injury, routine and stable environments with no drama and no upheavals usually do us best.

In the last couple of weeks, this COVID-19 virus, Corona Virus, has really shaken our lives and our world like a snow globe.

With so many conflicting reports and confusing directions, it is hard to figure out exactly what the heck we are supposed to be doing for ourselves and for the people we love.

Our lessons in successful brain injury recovery can really aid us here: identify what you cannot control and get busy working on the things that are within our power.

A lot of us do not have the financial freedom to stock up for months at a time and just stay in and away from everyone. But it is our individual ability and power and responsibility to do what we can.

While routines are likely tossed like salad this last week and going forward, be sure to set aside quiet time and schedule in lots of sleep to keep your immune system up and to keep the fear and stress levels down.

Do what you can in your own environment to keep yourself safe with sanitizing and germ-killing wipes and sprays. Do wash your hands many many times a day and utilize hand sanitizer. Try to do your errand-running at off hours so that you are away from crowds and lines at the store.

In addition to these, I’m also taking versions of Airborne and drinking teas made of natural elements known to kill viruses like green tea and ginger. I’m also taking a garlic tab each day.

We cannot control everything and the fear will paralyze. Do enough in your own life so that you can rest assured that you are doing your part and trying your best. That’s all we can do.

Know I’m thinking of you and wishing you and your loved ones safety and good health. As we rely on routines to keep us sane, let’s rely on these new cleaning routines to keep us safe.

We can do this!!!! Love you guys. Wishing everyone well. xo

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