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Mindfulness. Relating Assertively. 5 R's of Stress Management. Recognizing Thoughts, Feelings. Problem Solving.
And so many much needed skills to be a Human Being, to be a person. Once the brain is scrambled by a TBI or any brain injury, COPING SKILLS indeed get scrambled too, as the brain is our make up. Coping Skills, taught soon following my Severe TBI of 7-years ago, is what way of life I MUST try to live, to be able to live life on life's terms. With out it, there is no Matt Duffin. The shell left of myself would roll, crack and break on a constant basis. With Coping Skills, we learn to make good of the bad, and make the bad go away.
Coping, with a TBI. Its out of this world, sometimes a delayed flight life can be but we learn to standon solid ground. Little League World Series ended today with Japan on top, but over 40,000 fans in person and most of the world on TV watched the game live. Baseball is the one who won. Also, 'When a Legend Changes Uniforms' and the NEW $10 bill prospects. Also, at Midnight Eastern, or 6 A.M. South African time, our SA Correspondent Miss Gina Gee is give an update on life as a TBI Survivor not-so 'Out of Africa'...
Surgery took me out of the game, after my 11 innings. I'm late, sore from surgery and worn out from Miracle League Baseball (yes, I went. Even 'played' 2-inning) and the beloved Milton Days 2015! But, kind sore for that too. My buddy and his wife mowed my grass for me today, and another and his son came over, set up a yard sale and cooked on the grill. It's been quite a while since my lips hit fresh bbq ribs. Then, not walking well and doing more than I should have, I hit something else. The ground. Twice this week. I'm late....And NO, Matt Duffin is NOT pregnant....
The term Alpha and Omega comes from the phrase "I am the alpha and the omega" (Koiné Greek: "?γ? τ? Α κα? τ? Ω"), an appellation of Jesus.
Alpha. It's the Greek's first letter of the Alphabet, with Omega being the last. Or, A and Z for you Englisher's. Following my devastating accident, I was considered 'Omega - at the end of my life.'
In actuality, thru much work (and I contributed too) my Omega became my Alpha. Life changed, yes. So did I. We learn to adjust in life, and yes, our TBI's is a big one.
Word's you hate, but work - Baby Steps. Create an Alpha.
Which, BTW, let's Omega a very rough season of TMDS, and Alpha next week. Until then - (424) 243-9540 tonight 10-1...
Change your clocks, and your Smoke Detector batteries. I don't care for the first part too much, but as a reminder for the later its sure nice - if folks will do so. "Spring Ahead"? OK, we can try, as long as the direction is forward. Fall Back? Surely you don't want me to think about RELAPSE. A relapse will happen "at will" with Brain Disruptions bouncing like they've been sprung, one reason I don't like to FALL BACK. The 'extra' hour of sleep? I'm not going anywhere, I can sleep in. In our world, its confusing, occasionnally perplexing.
Then. there are the RELASPES due to enviromental situations. Like drug or alchol use and abuse (its called Adult Beverages for a reason - Be Adult. Its a mind set. How to correct that mind set? I dunno, call and we can talk about it. We'll touch on Brain Injury Coping Skills, of course. I will discuss the ground work of putting together a television show; left over and CHECKED candy from Halloween; one more clock change reminder, and discuss my Lincoln Golden Eagles football team.
Mr Stackhouse and I are taking TMDS on the road, with a visit into Colorado and Nebraska on the schedule of the 7-state trip. (And he wants to go to Vegas. Not sure there. Budget$ to abide - SSDI guy, ya know. Still, Colorado. Somethnig tells me I'll be "Rocky Mountain High, Colorado: For a Class 'A' school in Indiana, we made national news this weekend. And though LHS victory over Tri HIGH puts the Eagles in the Sectional Championship game - the score was NEVER the story, but confused supporters, a shattered communty and unchecked untruths from the Local FOX (boo) TV Station.. Lincoln won 35-24, btw.... (424) 243-9540
Away from the Miracle League baseball diamonds, physically but not yet mentally, and back in the Downtown Milton Studio where hopefully this week the other end of the studio works. Sorry we missed the ADA's birthday and guests last week, but Forward Ho! (I despise problems I can't fix!)
National Patient Activist and Brain Injury Survivor Debbie Wilson joins in tonight, and yes, its been a while since she's been here. Remember, five months was wiped out of my world over the winter, Medical Cannabis Month was gathered into one week. With Sue Root, TMDS 'Stars' of words to the chronically ill. OK, Kevin Phillips too, when the Marine will participate on Sundays! (He does, Kevin's a great friend of mine - just kidding).
Debbie has a 'surprise' announcement,to be released tonight media wise on our show for all chronic patients to hear about. Caregivers too. (
Shhhh, quit Matt - this will be fun!)
Doctor Frasier Crane (my hero) would often answer his Talk Radio Callers by offering "I'm listening''. As a Psychiatrist that would be his job - to listen. Listening, then thinking, then speaking. And, the good doctor would often speak, and speak, and speak, and, well, Ros would take a commercial break.
As a TBI Survivor myself (circa 2008), I speak. Told by many I'm very social, and can talk. And talk. And, well, Sister Mary Elephant would tell me to "SHUUUUT UP! thank you".
I'll explain how controled speaking is taught to survivors, as many of us often have difficulty getting our words across, at least in our broken minds. We'll play some, or a lot, or Rock 'N Roll. And, if you will call (424) 243-9540 we can talk, share, discuss, discover. That's why I listening.
We'll learn some response tricks too. It is not a Cheap Trick, but free to listen in. "I want you to want me..."
Full Definition of BLAH
1: also blah–blah \-?blä\ : silly or pretentious chatter or nonsense
2: plural [perhaps influenced in meaning by blasé] : a feeling of boredom, lethargy, or general dissatisfaction
You understand the definition of TBI. Do I ''blah blah blah?'' Depends on who is listening to what. Do I listen to ''Blah Blah Blah?'' Usually, but I'm Support Group trained. Uh, there is some 'blahing' going on inside to walls, at times. But, in today's new world, I lilsten - wether folks think I am or not. I listen, and I can be slow to respond. Slowing down, helps us cope with BI's. Survivor and Caregiverr alike.
Webster's definition #2, no that reacches the TBI level of life. We go to sleep sad, serious and bored. We wake up, dreamless and bored. Whatever the day may bring, as Survivors we will appear or simply be bored. Staring, at nothing, or something, just staring. We stare. For many reasons, we stare. Want to know how to avoid 'staring' all day, or a big part of it? So do I - call me and explain to us how you avoid THE BLAH's...
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HIPPA laws. The good, the bad, the nosey. After all, medical professionals involved in your health can read the files - and they go home, talk with their spouse, their friends about their work. Its normal. However HIPPA's intent is to protect privacy. Yet, my intent is to share medical and heath issuses intow with a Traumatic Brain Injury. Uh, got's me some experience and education in the TBI field. Enough for paid work? No. Enough to teach? Occasionally, yes.
Enough to understand that to share the issue, you have to be on stage, removing all privacy in order to communicate understandably with BI folk. They and 'what ever the issue of the moment is' can be enlightened with 'knowing trustfully' the messenger understands, cares, wants for better than today. That's me. Tri-host Sam Way feels the same, but he'll talk about toys, er, games. Melissa Meeps? Dunno, have learned NOT to try to understand what women are thinking; just flow.
Of this mental mess if not health shattering past two-months I've led (62 Days, but WHO's counting!), we've made it (so far). Is there ligtht at the end of the tunnel? Dunno, wasn't envolved with the constrution of the tunnel. But, Doctor Samantha Backhaus has been HEAVILY involved with the reconstruction of Matt Duffin. So be nosey! Compare. This Rosebud Trooper from The Village me up with Doc "B" on Thursday. My third appointment is the past month. Lot's going on. Lot's. As a Neuropsycologist locally in Indianapolis, creator of BICS, PEER Mentoring (her style), Couples Care and more, Dr. Sammie's work is very Internationallly known. But we're keeping her. Trust me - ya got to go thru Milton first to steal her away from her Hoosier horde of Survivors.
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
The end of the 'Summer' season, the begining of fall. Pools close, school's open. Laborers take a break. Laborers. Hummmm. That my friends, is a down trodden prospect of America today, compared to what? The building of America, the melting pot of a growing society. That was then, today is '''sitting around, fooling the government into free assistance and cash."
For those like me, I dispise the folks doing so. If I could work, I would. I want to. Many TBI Survivors can't do Labor, can't even promise daily effort. Promise to give my best, we can do that. ESPECIALLY if the brain issue is less than a dozen years. Uh, as recalled - ''there's a lot of life to learn, starting over at Day 1.''
True Labor. Also, we'll Rock (of course), talk (I hope), visit a Coping Skill or two, and ramble with sense.
Open Discussion. TBI Talk Radio is, TBI Talk Radio. I can ramble, and (get this) answer MANY question's about TBI Recovery. Little Leaguer's have the baseballl world controlled, I'm sure I'll mention that. Play some rock, enjoy your and my summer vacation. This August gig isn't so bad, when I get to hang out with friends who understand, and have opinions I enjoy listening too. (424) 243-9540 Press 1 to Talk, I'll put us all on - Support Group-like. Let's share, wear what you want. Or don't want - its RADIO, TALK RADIO. TBI SURVIVORS TALK RADIO....
Let's try this AGAIN, Mr. BlogTalk (I hate these guys). The PREVIOUS well designed, written out and drawn out preview of tonights 'semi' live concert with the Ronstadt Generation, freinds and family's won't take, and after 3 hours I'm tired of waiting for it to post. SO, without further ado....
A personal, quiet musical setting was provided by Mark and Lisa Biales, owners of Oxford Ohio-based WildBerry's Incense and stores. Wait until you here this one, and I'll ask Sharon Markley - dear friends witht he Ronstadt's - to join us in the conversation. Linda's career met it's match, after being diagnosed with Parkinson's, yet only her singing voice. The music talent is rich amoung the Family of Micheal Ronstadt, known as "The Ronstadt Generations." Also, the lovely Lisa displays her rate singing talents with the band, as does the ever charming Serenity Fisher and the Cardboard Hearts. Wait until you hear about her boyfriend!
Also, spent the week beginning the 2 1/2 hour classes on Emotional Education (TBI-style), and now, after an opening offering, you may see why I needed to escape to THE WOODS. Hueston Woods. Go Miami Redhawks!
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