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Old 07-15-2013, 06:43 AM   #6481
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@LDF great to see you about.

have you been medically cleared to resume surfing? or just testing the waters unsupervised
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Old 07-15-2013, 07:15 AM   #6482
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So glad you're recovering!

LDF, as a female rider, you continue to be an inspiration to me. Like everyone else, I have been watching this thread, holding my breath, and sending good thoughts, prayers, and healing juju your way.

You, and Dr. Rock, will continue to be lifted up in our thoughts. Hugs to you both!
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Old 07-15-2013, 08:19 AM   #6483
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Relief

Hooray, Huzzah....
Thanks for the update.
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Old 07-15-2013, 09:33 AM   #6484
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Phew. Anybody seen my tent?





SO, SO good to hear from you.
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Old 07-15-2013, 09:43 AM   #6485
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Phew. Anybody seen my tent?





SO, SO good to hear from you.
Yeh----the last time I saw it--------it flew off the back of your bike after getting slung around the rear wheel about 20 times and spent about 2 minutes on your exhaust pipe before it ejected
Looked like you lost your lunch too.

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Old 07-15-2013, 09:44 AM   #6486
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LDF,
Glad to hear you're feeling better, but you're also at a critical time in your recovery. You want to get back to "normal" features of daily life, but don't push it: think marathon, not sprint from this point forward. Nearly everyone who has had a serious concussion has pushed too hard when they are almost healed and it sets them back significantly. Take the time now to heal completely. Sounds like the treatment for hyperacusis is to gradually reintroduce noisy settings rather than to go completely quiet.
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Old 07-15-2013, 11:43 AM   #6487
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Whew

Very glad to hear you are recovering. You guys had me checking my subscribed threads every 4 hours for the last few months for an update. Glad to hear it is a positive one. You know one of the best treatments is graded exposure to distracting environments, like talking to Dr Rock on your Sena while piloting a DR over some forest service roads...
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Old 07-15-2013, 12:04 PM   #6488
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Great to hear from you Francine

Francine, I can't tell you how great it is to hear from you and to hear in your own words how you are recovering.

It has been on my mind this past week to call and see how you are doing, but I didn't want to disturb you or impose upon you in any way.

Take care and heal up dear lady and we will see you out on the trail again....
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Old 07-16-2013, 11:11 AM   #6489
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Stepping into my reality

Many have asked when my accident happened and when did we return to New York? I think the expectation is or was that we would have immediately returned home to NYC following the accident four days into our vacation.

I'm here to tell you the BEST therapy after my type of injury was achieved through exactly what we did. Being away from home where obligations and distractions would have automatically taken over has now become clear as the worst place I could have been.



Stepping outside my routine and immersing ourselves in an environment of solitude and peacefulness, and no committments is EXACTLY what I needed immediate post concussion to avoid the onset of symptoms.
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Old 07-16-2013, 11:20 AM   #6490
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It is my return to New York that actually set me off. My ER papers instructed me to see my PMD (private medical doctor) a week post injury. I had informed my employer of my injury and set up an appointment with my physician to determine my ability to return.

This plan was initiated in my mind more so to evaluate my left knee injury than assessing the sequalae of my head injury. David returned to work and I jumped on the subway like I was getting ready to head to an uptown theater and take in a movie....oh what a movie it was.

I was so overtaken by the loud IPODS, peoples type-A personalities coming through with determination to take on the world that I actually threw on my sunglasses to avoid others from noticing the tears filling up in my eyes.

What am I doing here?

Little did I know my next challenge was soon to be met when I was overtaken with the simple task of crossing the street in pursuit of my physician's office. I quietly sat in his office til I was called into the exam room where I immediately lost it when he asked me what happened on our holiday. He prescribed one week off from work with a reevaluation to follow to determine returning to work in a weeks time.

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Old 07-16-2013, 11:42 AM   #6491
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Needless to say, during my reevaluation, my PMD encouraged me to see a Concussion specialist at NYU. My decision to agree to see the specialist consult occurred once I recognized that I was having word finding difficulties during some of my conversations.
I also acknowledged that I was indeed experiencing dizziness, although intermittent, and feeling like I was in a continual fog. Upon hearing the details of my accident as well as my symptoms, the concussion specialist removed me from work until July.


It's interesting to me now, how I intuitively avoided certain stimuli from the get go like reading small print articles or spending any time at all "googling".

These are all brain teasers that I was no where near ready to take on. Yes, imagine that computer screen we now all glue ourselves to truly does require a certain level of brain filtering which can be EXHAUSTING. Even when writing this post I have learned through my therapist that "cognitive rests" are absolutely necessary to avoid worsening of symptoms. If I push it too far or for too long I can actually feel my brain tiring similar to doing 3 sets of 15 reps with 5 pound weights of my biceps.

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Old 07-16-2013, 11:54 AM   #6492
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It's great to read your posts. Like everyone else, I had fears. Peace, and keep on keepin' on.

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Old 07-16-2013, 11:56 AM   #6493
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I'm glad you're where you are now and are were with that group when this happened...

Glued to your story Francine--we've only met twice at your place, but have been warmed by your hospitality during a tough time. I love your attitude toward this--and toward us from your close friends to minor acquaintences.

Thanks for sharing this--we are all pulling for you. We've a fair amount of TBIs across the service--and we're still learning the consquences--one in my unit of note isn't a Soldier, but her 5 year old son....it's a rough road full of discovery.

Hope you feel the love and respect those here have for you--have a great day.

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Old 07-16-2013, 12:01 PM   #6494
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I have never heard of the severity of what a concussion can do to you. I thought it was just a good bell ringing and take a few days to get back on your feet and let the bubble in your level come back to center. This has truly been an education for me. Glad to hear you are coming back around.
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Old 07-16-2013, 02:51 PM   #6495
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I have never heard of the severity of what a concussion can do to you. I thought it was just a good bell ringing and take a few days to get back on your feet and let the bubble in your level come back to center. This has truly been an education for me. Glad to hear you are coming back around.


Francine-
I think your writing is not just beneficial to your recovery but to all of us that follow along as well. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with us.
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