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'TMDS' tonight will be hosted by Professional Challenge Coach Deborah Berry. This special BrainInjuryRadio telecast will also see Matt Duffin, sitting on the 'other' side of his desk, as Ms. Berry "interviews the interviewer" as the former BIRN host will straighten Matt's act up with her skillful approach in the often overlooked TBI thoughts of:
"The Secrets Behind Closed Doors" - There is no Taboo...
The secrets we keep locked up behind doors, which have NOT been discussed before on BIRN. Deb digs deep into Matt's untold story and opens some hidden truths about his life, and indeed, Deborah's own life and survival.
Shhhhh!! This is sacred. Hush-hush subjects most people keep quiet, when, in fact, most TBI Survivors have alike situations and thoughts. Want Deborah to answer a Taboo question you have? E-mail her prior to Sunday at Deborah@SurvivorsPayItForward.com. Ask her to share a taboo story you are dying to understand better, or would like to see Matt squirm - have her ask him! You do not have to talk On Air, and you will remain anonymous.
TUNE IN AND HEAR THE LINE UP, as Matt will return to his desk in the later hours. Traumatic Brain Injury = TBI. TBI = To Be Informed. www.deborahberry.com and www.survivorspayitforward.com. Ah, vacation. Reservations again this year at the Milton Hilton, close to the corn waves. For the next few weeks (5-ish) TMDS will offer replays of "The Best of Duffin" (quit laughing). Not going to do nothing, except recover at ease, ride my bike, mow, have a yard sale, play Miracle Baseball, Coach Miracle Baseball, join Racer's for TBI Awareness, go Back-to-BICS-Basics, write, & celebrate my 6th re-birthday!
Nope, not a Comedy Club where folks make fun of TBI, in fact let US TBI Survivors enjoy a night on the "town" (well, Connersville anyway)! Draining, a bit, sure. But smiled, laughed, observed, enjoyed, visited and certanly, was ready to go home. But after the show, which was over by 'funtastic' 10 p.m. Yes, in time for meds and beds.
Can you go out on the town? Make sure friends and trusted folks are around, if need be. But only if need be. Enjoy the moment, and most importantly - allow your 'date' or 'sidetripper' to enjoy the night too? Well, it takes practice to be social. So well discuss a few SOCIAL SKILLS tonight, which doesn't mean buying the next drink, or flirting beyond control.
I personally spent the evening with TMDS Medical Director Kevin Butterfild and crew on Saturday in his "comedian" role, which is every day, all day long. A survivor of a TBI at a young age, Kevin enjoys the moments of the day, well, usually that is. HA!!! He, funny man (and he is!) Jimmy Roberson open the nights parade of humor, ADULT HUMOR, Closed by Headliner Comic Matt Holt. Guess who recorded the show, for you to here. So, send the kids to bed in about an hour, and we'll listen in for an hour or so. Funny, with the normal comedy club routines of relationships, sex, gender, race if not creed. AND of course make fun of themselves too! Its a COMEDY SHOW. No pure predjudices or direct offensive remarks intended directly towards any one.
So, as we laugh and try to "enjoy" our brain injuries on TMDS every Sunday, enjoy with a toungue in cheek. Or what ever that is in your mouth....
Led Zepplin, and Roy Orbison as well found Communication Breakdown so important to share - they played songs about it! And, you listened!! Now, what was the song about? I thought you was listening! Did you not understand the song? Did you not understand what I just said? Hey - Do you ever listen to me!
Listen tonight, lets share a very frustrating situation between TBI and 'normal' society (yes, family counts too). In fact, we all have communication breakdowns, be it social, relationship, work or 'just hanging around' with the fella's. And though many of us Survivors are open ended, the closed mind of others occasionally break us down so, it's time to walk away or worse yet - argue. Let me share some ideas from a recent "Help Me Help You" education conference I atttended. Let you share some ideas of a recent communication breakdown, and let's work on it. I got a world full of interested brain injury survivors and caregivers to offer a hand. Let's talk. (424) 243-9540.
Melissa Meeps will stop by, and introduce a new segment on TMDS called "Meep's Peeps" and co-host Sam Way will drift in to explain his new segent "Sam's Way". Dr. Kevin Butterfield will drive in and out as well. We're talking about 'whatever' and of course, racing (gonna like this info). However, his agent didn't care for the name of his segment - "Butt's Nuts".
MEEP MEEP!! ACME Cleaners, Inc...
Co-host Melissa Meeps joins me, and hopefully a lot of Peep's too, as we talk about cleaning out the house, literally and mentally. Usually reserved for March or April and 'Sprinig Cleaning' season, uh, I'm a little slow, so Fall it is. . So, before the LONG winter ahead for all of us clipped-winged Snow BIrds, I best clean 'my house' to my approval, so I an live more comfortable in quiet. And possibly, then come next year, I can LITERALLY make a LEAP in 2015 without solace. Admittedly, I struggle with folks that have NO SOCIAL skills in place. . Struggle hard. Sure, it frustrates me greatly that most Survivors re-learned 'friendships' from their past involvements, learned to share solid words on their own, without guidance (don't get me started there). The Big EYE, as in 'I' often overtakes recovery and puts us at our own level. Eventually, its time to come back home. Lot's of 'I's' in this world, a lot. I just spent the week lilstennig to many of our radio network's offerings. The "I's"' have it maxed out. Thanks listeners, for making TMDS about US....BTW: glitches in the 'routine' this week set me back, but Meeps! and Sam will lead the Way! If not, well, just another glitch WE have to overcome - with a smile!
Next week, Jeff Gabbard of the Indiana State Fire Marshall will be in studiio (for real), offering tips on FIRE PREVENTION AND SAFETY WEEK. 2013 Canadian 'Courage' Awardee and 2014 'Beyond Truama Super Hero' Michael Coss will call in from the great (soon to be) white north! We've each won the same, rarely issued awards in the past few years. Anticipate insperation from a pair of voices never before heard together (except by us).
Joining Melissa and myself, is of course Sam Way, and latter on Deborah Berry. God, don't let me burn this night up! It get's better. Jeff Gabbard stops by LIVE! from the Downtown Milton Studio. Jeff is the Fire Chief of the Cambridge City Fire Department by 24/7, and Indiana Deputy Fire Marshall by 7 days a week. Oh, EMS, Nurse, Master Firefighter, even a drag car racer. Let's talk about Fire Safety and prevention. Jeff and both his 'staffs' did just that this past week, going into the schools and addressing citizens about 'blazing hell' - which turns into trauma for someone. We learned not to play with matches, and graduated to smoke alarms and personal fire extengushers. But, MR and MRS TBI (or Miss), do you know when to use, HOW to use, or properly checked the fighting apperatice?
Need help? Take notes. This is a fantastic opportunity to discus fire, EMT and first-respoce questions. Have any? Ever been on the other side, where you was the FIRST needing response, but was, uh, knocked out or something?
More first responce of the lawful side is expected. Milton Police Chief Josh Russell may stop by, time permitting (busy schedule that EVER changes, he has) and discuss house and home safety, neighborhood watch programs and just what to do if that weird looking goblin' hangs around your house too long during Halloween. Josh is also an emergency responder, thank you God - he's done it at my house a FEW times. My version of C.O.P.S. - Concerned, Offering Police Service. Talk to an officer, share and trade TBI concerns of living alone, confussion and efforts by both us, and them. Register.
Yep, Sting said I could, so I'm playing The Police during breaks tonight....
ReoccuringMerry Christmas from the staff of The Matt Duffin Show radio program (me). OK, Happy Holiday's covers all concepts of Jesus' moment of birth please just enjoy, safely. While we're at it, let's cover the wishes, thoughts and hopes for a jolly ol' time for my fellow BI Survivors and Caregivers (again, include me). **brag** Since I GRADUATE from 'TBI Social Skills" class on Monday, I'll show ya how to begin. Mingle, grab some punch and cookies. Smile, eye to eye. As you folks jog around with the spirited crowd, many of our special guests will be around for the night of holiday happiness. Singer and writer of the opening song says hello, Ms. Sharen Wendy Robertson; then a visit from super counselor John Hiatt to settle us in. County singer Bobby Dee will say 'hi y'all" and Cindy Brooks will remind us what a miracle life can be. We'll joke with Otto Thecomic, Mr./Dr. Kevin Butterfield as they stop by and say wish all well. In the Downtown Milton Studio is again Kelly Callahan and producer Doug Arthur - no bike, possibly on a reindeer (depends on weather - forecast looks lcy). Dawn and Baily give me inspriation, and a big howdy. Dad can answer questions of how it felt 72 years ago, as he woke up at Pearl Harbor. Lumnosity has give TMDS a bag of presents to give away, so either come sit on Santa's lap (me again) for sign up for a name on BlogTalk (easy, we can do it!) and join our chat room and communicate with us. (staff members or their next wife of TMDS not eligable). I may give a "couple-few" away phone, let's see how it goes. 10 available. However, join me LIVE!, and if you arrive to sit on Santa's lap, you can't lose! We have candy & apples, oranges. Now, tell me what YOU want for Christmas...
We’re going at a higher rate of speed tonight from the downtown Milton studio, for this weekend TBI Awareness race car driver Ernie Francis Jr. took a whole world of survivors to the top. Co-hosts 'Meeps' will Peep in, and Sam has his Way. TMDS Medical Director Kevin Butterfield is watching his coffee perk, he'll be here. My buddy Matthew Olsen will contact us from Michigan in the second hour, let's advise him of what we know. AND, the third hour by Skype if not Stealth is our lovely, er, professional TBI Correspondent from South Africa, Gina Gee.
Not only winning the annual Virginia International Speedway Trans American TA3 race today, but becoming the youngest driver EVER to win a Trans American championship was Ernie Francis Jr. in the TA3 Division Series. Yep, our MAN is 16. Not sure he owns a razor yet. With his season’s fifth overall win in TransAm this afternoon, his #98, or #9 (even #86 if it worked for you), Junior runs also for YOU, TBI Survivors. In fact, several of us passed away or still kickin’ had our names wrtitten right on top of the camaro this weekend, for the entire racing world to see. He has NOT been influenced by a survivor in his life, nor really knew any, until this summer. His primary infuence comes from God, and his dad. Junior simply wishes to promote what he KNOWS can happen anytime they buckle up on the track, or you do on the highway. Ask my friend John Mills. Young but a senior in high school is well grounded, having met and stayed with his crew and dad at Mid-Ohio. His father Ernie owns and operates (works so hard too) Breathless Performance Racing. He’s driving the beautiful hauler down the road to Miami now. Let’s see if we can reach the Champs…
Back to basics. I find our TBI-selves "too smart" at times, to directional, to advanced, to authoritive on what we "assume" we know. Uh, in 2008, for several months - I did not even know my name (other than Matt). So, I can only assume, I really didn't, or don't, know much. With as much time I've been spending learning to live again? How could I?
But I have learned an avenue of TBI Recovery, and study TBI Awareness. OK, promote TBI Awareness. Why? From any angle of a brain injury, if you don't at least understand why this world needs awareness, then you must be greatly lost. Help us save the world tonight. Explain just WHAT your TBI is Aware of...
I hope to bring God into the picture tonight as well. Afterall, its Sunday, plus I met a new friend this week. Plus, baseball and racinig IS God's way. TBI Survival? YOU tell me...
Now then, is it August yet? Has anyone seen my vacation? **whistle** "here boy"
(424) 243-9540 and press #1 upon recorded answer. I have a habit of making everyone 'share'; 'hand up' or not...
It's Saturday Night on BrainInjuryRadio, and this is Matt Duffin. The problem is not in you set...
While I've a neuro 'keeper' in Dr. Dawn Neusome on Sunday, we'll have a 'sneak peak' preview on Brain Injury Reasearch. So, gather in for 'class', its about 13 minutes long. Then its recess! I mean, ain't I the only host with Saturday School? Yes, and I'm trying to catch up! Danged snow....
We can toddle in mind about the slippery weather, cold weather, or simply Winter weather, but I don't want to leave out Florida or Hawaii. In fact, rather be there, giving you an 'on the spot' report. So, let's talk. I had a treamendous reply to TMDS on Strokes last week, mostly great. Then, there is Great Britton. I mean't well, Mate, had stroke survivors by my side.
I miss Eddie Murphy, Dan Akroid, Belushi and so many more origional guest hosts of SNL. Thanks for inviting me, and understanding I'm a bit slow.
Special Musical Guest Hosts is gonna rock your socks! Note: Put on slippers.
"Oh the weather outside is delightful;
Inside, I'm froze, and fr-fr-fr-frightful.
And there's really NO PLACE to go.
AC off, AC off - It is COLD!
I met up again with death this week, Raced FOR Time (if not my life), sweated in the yard and ice cycled off dripped off those beads - once back in the charming abode operated by the talented AC system I own. Real talented! And again, I own said equiptment, but the HVAC seems to control me. It feels like Feb inside the studio!
The week - started off sad, ended sad. Wonder if there is a theme there? Months worth of hopes and preparations, goals to achieve. Well, I achieved them, sorta kinda, but the path along the venture took a low road looking up. Why? I never did pull my chin up - even with a future at hand. If so, maybe the smile would of been brighter? Dunno. You tell me. How do you feel with a TBI, when 'stuff' seems at hand, the 'finale' in sight of a driven goal then BOOM. Will make a wondering mind stay focused - on the sad. Death, part of life. Or in our cases, part of life again and again. Stroke you wings, adore them but certainly share them. An Angel did for you...
Race4Time was a great, fun day of racing for those who don't race that often, or ever. The good Doctor, Mr. Kevin Butterfield promises made smiles. I met John Mills, Susan Hancock, and Race4Time Media Champion Ric Dee of our local G-101.3 FM station and, well, lets just say my 'weather reports' from FOX59 in Indy will provide a different "insight".
Let's just talk. No plans, but excitement a goal (and a more 'unfriendly' AC). Deborah Berry sits at my desk next week, filling in as I'm starting my vacation at the Time Clock; 2:00 A.M. sharp!
Officially unofficial (but real close) TMDS begins its 3rd season this week. See? Unrealilstic Belief is still dominating my life!!!
Such as a TBI, where has the time flown by? Wasn't it just last week we started this show? Over 100 episodes, 109 at last count. Thank you all, for allowing me into your life. I mean, I look to do well, and do mean well - always. Get confused still? God, I HOPE that's the TBI problem - for if it isn't, now I'm really confused!!!
As in the past opening acts of a new season on BIRN, we'll start by visiting the Annual TBI Suvivors Education Conference presented by the Indiana Brain Injury Association. Lora Miller has provided a wonderful effort towards education for and of brain injury's with Education in the forefront. Social moments, perhaps not the gathering of old, but available and will be worked on. Trust me, she's on my speed dial!!! But, hosted on the campus of Methodist Hospital in downtown Indianapolils is an elaborate and one of 18-model Neuroscience Research Buildings nation-wide, the focus was indeed on BI's and information. National speakers was of the best of their trades. Listen in tonight, we'll play an offering or three. OUR TBI Race team that wasn't in Utah for the World Championships also attended, with John MIlls stealing the show (he looks like Richard Gere) and hearts of insperation, and TMDS Medical Director Kevin Butterfield greeting, and surely I did something our presentations kicked off in a big way.
I indeed talked to Olivia Keith, daughter of TBI Survivor Darcy Keith and now Miss PreTeen Indiana. More too. We'll touch on what we have time for, and welcome back Sam Way. But what I'd rather take the time for is you, your thoughts, your aspirations of a greater TBI world in which we live...
TMDS, BIRN, TBI Survivors Network, Race4Time, The Brain Injury Association of America, The Brain Injury Association of Indiana, Breathless Performance Racing, John Mills Racing, 'Over The Wall' host Jean Kinser Dana, Dr. Kevin Butterfield, Ernie Francis, "the remarkable" Ernie Ty Francis Jr (Trans Am Champ now, and future NASCAR Champion - I called it) have united to 'form' an auto racing 'team' to promote Brain Injury Awareness (I'll slide Recovery in, eventually...).
TOO COOL, and so needed. The intent is to provide information, discuss TBI with fellow Survivors who literally "banged their head against a wall", bring our everyday Brain Injury Family to the race tracks, meet the drivers and be guests, promote 'Guest Passes' to events for donors, and, well, much much MUCH more. BI Awareness where it needs to be - Racing, of the most popular sports world wide. The NFL can avoid the serious condition with a marketing 'ploy' all they want, but Racin' is the true 'game' across International Date Lines.
Join me tonight, and of course Sam Way, as we sit down with the Francis's and discuss racing, BI's and the future of Awareness. Doc and Jean are expected to join in, and share a lot of good news. Have I mentioned South Africa? Gina Gee is literally prancing around the Cape, awaiting a Skype call in tonight. Me too. She's an Angel of Hope, Mercy and Life. Not as is, but as will be. Uh, my staff of "one" currently has been a bit over worked this week. It's Water Ski time for RHI Sports this week approaching, as is time with Dr. Dawn Neumann and the new IU Interface Program of Imagining Research. Plus, its Father's Day, and Pop and I always go to a baseball game if possible.
So, take me out to the ballgame, and bring me back in time for Racin' tonight.
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