Supporting a Loved One After a Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain InjuryTraumatic brain injury, or TBI, can be difficult to understand. Many loved ones want to help, but they do not know exactly what to do. At TryMunity, we know how difficult it can be to support loved ones after an injury. We provide support and hope for people who have sustained traumatic brain injury and their loved ones.

Understand the Difference Between Can’t and Won’t

One of the best ways to support a loved one after an injury is to think in a slightly different way. Different injuries impact people in different ways. Have extra patience and be understanding if your loved one can’t do something like he or she used to. His or her actions might not be intentionally defiant or rude.

Your Loved One Is Still an Important Person and an Adult

Don’t talk down to your loved one or treat him or her like a child. Have conversations like you used to. Also, have a little extra patience with short term memory loss or aphasia (trouble with speech). Let your loved one take his or her time to form the right words, and let him or her repeat the same story or ask the same question a few times in a row. You don’t have to point out every minor issue in social situations.

Suggest Fun Activities That Both of You Used to Enjoy

Training for a triathlon shortly after a traumatic brain injury might not be the best idea. However, you can do more than take a walk. Visit a local lunch spot. Go shopping. Take a trip to the spa. Simply getting out of the house can make a huge difference and offer unprecedented support.

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How to Properly Wear a Helmet When Riding Bikes

Wear HelmetRiding your bicycle is a great way to stay in shape and enjoy the outdoors, but it can also be very dangerous if you do not wear the proper equipment. At TryMunity, we know that the best way to avoid traumatic brain injury is through prevention, which is why we are passionate about getting everyone to wear helmet when riding bikes. Follow these easy steps to make sure that you and your family members are wearing your helmet correctly.


Helmets come in many different sizes based upon the head size of the wearer. Small children should wear helmets that are designed for small riders. The Bike Helmet Safety Institute offers a comprehensive list of sizes according to helmet manufacturers so that you can find the correct one for your needs. Trying on several different helmets can help you find the one that feels right. When you wear a helmet, it should fit snugly against your head.


When you are wearing your helmet, it should be on your head in the correct position. Do not allow the helmet to slide too far forward, obstructing your vision, or too far back, becoming ineffective. When it comes to outdoor safety, your bicycle helmet should be level on your head, but low onto your forehead. You can measure where it should be with one or two finger widths.

Adjusting the Straps

The straps of your helmet should be adjusted to keep your helmet in place. The side straps should form a v shape just below and slightly in front of your ears. The chin strap should be tight enough that you can only fit one or two fingers underneath, causing the helmet to tighten down if you open your mouth wide.

When you wear a helmet, make sure that you do it correctly. Visit the TryMunity community for more information about bicycle safety and traumatic brain injury.

Stay Safe Outside While Playing

Stay Safe OutsideWith the warmer weather comes plenty of outdoor activities that the whole family can enjoy. At TryMunity, we know that getting outside is one of the best ways to celebrate the summer season, providing plenty of healthy and relaxing memories for people of all ages. Preparation is key when you want to stay safe outside. Consider the following tips to help prevent injuries that could be caused by having a little bit too much fun.

Pool Safety

The swimming pool is the perfect place to cool off on a hot summer day. Unfortunately, drowning is one of the leading causes of accidental death in small children and slips and falls poolside are common accidents, both of which could cause brain injury. In order to keep kids safe, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends not enrolling children in swimming lessons until they are four years old. Some important things to consider when at the pool include:

  • Keep children who do not know how to swim at an arm’s length while in the pool.
  • Use a child-size life vest rather than water wings.
  • Take a CPR course.
  • Encouraging children to walk on wet surfaces.

By preparing yourself and your family members, you are more able to help your child should the need arise.

Bike Safety

Many children and adults spend a lot of time during the summer on their bicycles. In order for you and your family to stay safe outside while riding a bike, the essential protective gear should be worn at all times. A helmet can protect against head injuries and should be worn no matter how far you are from home. The right size of helmet and bike can make a big difference on its effectiveness.

ATV Safety

When it comes to outdoor safety, being properly trained can help reduce the chances of injury. If your family enjoys getting out on ATVs throughout the summer, anyone who drives should take a hands-on safety training to ensure complete understanding of the recreational vehicles. Wearing helmets during any ride is an essential tool to prevent traumatic brain injuries.

The TryMunity team invites you to join our community for more tips to stay safe outside this summer.

Top Tips for Avoiding Summertime Injuries

Avoid Summer InjuriesSummer time is the perfect time to participate in a variety of fun outdoor activities including rock climbing, biking, swimming, soccer, and more. As physical activity increases, however, the opportunities for a visit to the emergency room also tend to increase. We at TryMunity want to help you enjoy the warm weather as much as possible without the risk of sustaining a traumatic brain injury or other serious injury. Avoiding summer injuries is a manageable task when you follow the top tips listed below.

1. Wear Protective Gear

Head injuries resulting from riding a motorcycle, skateboarding, biking, and rollerblading are very common in the summer. Helmets significantly reduce the risk of head and brain injuries and they can save you a lot of money on your medical bill if you have an accident. Other protective gear such as knee pads and elbow pads can also save you a lot of unnecessary pain.

2. Plan Ahead

Do not participate in any kind of activity without first planning ahead. Many summer injuries occur when people decide to participate in dangerous activities, such as rock climbing at the spur of the moment without any protective gear or any knowledge of the terrain. If it is your first time participating in an activity, it is important to receive proper instruction beforehand from someone who is trained in outdoor safety techniques.

3. Only Drink Alcohol in Moderation

One of the most obvious, and often ignored, ways to avoid summertime injuries is to limit the amount of alcohol that you drink when participating in high risk activities. Even small amounts of alcohol can dampen your senses and decrease your ability to steer clear of dangerous situations.

For more information about avoiding summertime injuries that may lead to traumatic brain injuries, join our TryMunity community today.

Hypoxic-Anoxic Brain Injuries Advice for Caregivers

Brain Injuries AdviceThe brain needs a steady supply of oxygen to work properly. A hypoxic-anoxic brain injury is caused by the disruption of the flow of oxygen, which basically starves the brain. People can overcome hypoxic-anoxic brain injuries, but it can be a long road to recovery. Family and friends may become primary caregivers and often need brain injuries advice. TryMunity is a non-profit organization that provides support to individuals and family members dealing with TBIs, and we also strive to raise awareness of this life-changing condition.

Seek Out Support

The whole family is impacted when someone suffers a traumatic brain injury. It can be overwhelming for anyone who becomes the designated caregiver. The rehabilitation team, which can include speech, occupational and physical therapists, play an important role in the process. They are frequently a primary source of information and support for the caregiver and family. Involving other family members and friends can aid in alleviating the burden of care on just one person. A good way to facilitate this is to have regular meetings with the entire family and anyone involved in the patient’s recovery.

Be Patient and Positive

Even though it may be very hard, another piece of brain injuries advice is to try to be patient and positive. Recovery can take months or years and no two injuries are the same. There can also be short and long term effects of TBI. It is not uncommon for caregivers and patients to become frustrated at what they believe is slow progress. It is important to have realistic expectations about the recovery process in order to minimize disappointment.

If you are a caregiver of someone suffering from a traumatic brain injury, you are not alone. We at TryMunity encourage you to join our community for support and brain injuries advice on this important topic.

Traumatic Brain Injury Medical Breakthrough May Help Survivors

EffectiveTraumatic Brain Injury Medical Breakthrough treatments for traumatic brain injuries are still being studied, but currently, there is no widely available treatment that can reduce the damage or reverse the effects of a brain injury. At TryMunity, we follow ongoing scientific efforts at making the next traumatic brain injury medical breakthrough. Although further research is needed, the following two treatments show promise for someday helping survivors.

Treatment to Stabilize Severe Injuries

One study is testing the benefits of the human hormone progesterone in stabilizing patients and curbing the damage that occurs during a brain injury. According to materials from Emory University, preliminary research found the following outcomes when TBI survivors were given progesterone shortly after an injury:

  • Patient mortality was reduced by 50 percent.
  • Patients showed improved functional outcomes and decreased disability.
  • The treatment had no apparent adverse affects.

This research has progressed into a phase III clinical trial, which means the treatment may become commercially available if it successfully passes this phase. This traumatic brain injury medical breakthrough cannot help survivors who have been severely injured, unfortunately, but another treatment may do just that.

Rehabilitative Treatment for Milder Injuries

Research from the Institute of Neurological Recovery suggests that administration of the drug etanercept may reduce lingering neurological dysfunction after a brain injury. Patients who received this treatment showed improvements in motor control and cognition, but researchers note that the treatment is not for severe injuries. Patients received the drug more than 9 years after suffering the injury, on average, which suggests this treatment may help people who have long lived with TBIs.

Ongoing Research Efforts

Both of these treatments require further study. Whether or not the treatments are considered successful, survivors and researchers will continue to hope for the traumatic brain injury medical breakthrough that will yield a genuine cure.

If you would like to keep up with ongoing news about progress in understanding and treating TBIs, please consider joining the TryMunity community. Our community members enjoy access to various resources designed for people overcoming TBIs, along with the chance to connect with other survivors and supporters.

Top Traumatic Brain Injuries Myths Uncovered

Brain Injuries MythsTraumatic brain injuries affect more than 1 million people a year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although these injuries occur frequently, many people, from victims to friends and family, do not fully understand them. At TryMunity, we often hear the following brain injuries myths and misconceptions.

Concussions Are Not Worth Worrying About

Many people believe that a mild TBI, or concussion, cannot have lingering effects. Similarly, many believe that if consciousness is not lost, a head injury is not serious. However, according to the CDC, mild blows or bumps can cause mild TBIs, as can sudden impacts that jar the body. These injuries are termed “mild” because they are not potentially lethal. However, they can still have effects on cognitive ability, emotions and sleep patterns.

MRIs and CT Scans Always Reveal TBIs

Another of the most pervasive brain injuries myths is that symptoms manifest quickly and simple tests can confirm the injury. Research has shown that some injuries may be detected by MRIs but missed by CT scans, and vice versa; both tests may miss some injuries entirely. However, this does not mean the injuries have no impact. Even mild TBIs can cause issues with attention, reasoning, memory, and moods.

You Will Be “Back to Normal” Soon

There is no known treatment that reverses the effects of TBI, and although victims may overcome some changes through rehabilitation, other effects of the injury may be permanent. These may include:

  • Emotional disorders or personality changes
  • Difficulty with various cognitive functions
  • Coordination and fine motor skills
  • Sensory perceptions and spatial sense

No two brain injuries are identical, and neither are the outcomes for victims.

Moving Past the Myths

Overcoming common brain injuries myths to understand and live with TBI can be challenging, which is why TryMunity is dedicated to providing helpful, accurate TBI information. If you or any loved ones are dealing with a TBI, please join our online community to find support and advice from other survivors.

The Characteristics of TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury)

 Characteristics of TBIIf you have recently suffered from a head injury, it is vital that you are able to recognize the characteristics of TBI (traumatic brain injury). While you might feel fine, there is a chance that you might be suffering from damage that you aren’t aware of. TryMunity is here to help educate you about traumatic brain injuries and the effects that they can have on the human body.

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

There are different levels of traumatic head injuries. With mild TBI you can lose consciousness anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Even if you don’t lose consciousness, there’s still a chance that you might feel disoriented or confused. Other symptoms include:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sleeping more than normal
  • Problems with concentrating and your memory

Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

The characteristics of a TBI (traumatic brain injury) that is moderate or severe can appear within the first few hours or the first few days after the head injury. There might be convulsions or seizures, a loss of coordination, an inability to wake up from sleep, and the draining of clear fluids from the ears as well as the nose. Those affected might also experience slurred speech, unusual behavior, and constant confusion.


A child or infant might not be able to tell that something is wrong, which is why it is also important to be educated on infant and child symptoms for brain injuries. Such symptoms can include:

  • Depressed or sad mood
  • A shift in nursing or eating habits
  • No longer being interested in the same activities or toys
  • Altered sleeping patterns
  • Constant crying
  • Being unable to pay attention

Now that you are aware of the characteristics of TBI (traumatic brain injury), you have a better idea of when you should head to a doctor. Join the TryMunity community today for additional information on traumatic brain injury. What you learn just might save your life or someone else’s.

Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms to Watch For

Traumatic Brain Injury SymptomsA traumatic brain injury can have a wide range of physical and psychological effects. At TryMunity, we recommend watching out for these traumatic brain injury symptoms if you were recently injured in an accident where you suffered a severe bump or blow to the head.

Common Symptoms

It is important to keep in mind that traumatic brain injury symptoms vary by person and situation. However, some of the common symptoms of this type of injury include:

  • Loss of consciousness, either for a few seconds or several minutes at a time
  • Consistent headaches and issues with memory and concentration
  • Dizziness, trouble with balance, and regular nausea or vomiting
  • Sensory issues, like blurred vision, having a bad taste in the mouth, or consistent ringing in the ears
  • Fatigue, drowsiness, and unexpected mood changes
  • Trouble sleeping or wanting to sleep more than normal

These traumatic brain injury symptoms are just a few of the issues an accident victim may suffer from following an injury to the head. In many cases, these symptoms do not occur until several hours after the accident and may even not be noticeable until a few days have passed. However, some accident victims may find that they do not experience the symptoms of a brain injury or a concussion at all.

When to See a Doctor

After a head injury, immediate medical attention should be received and the accident victim should be closely monitored thereafter. In cases where the symptoms of a head injury do not manifest themselves for several days, medical care should be sought soon thereafter, especially when changes in normal behavior are present.

At TryMunity, we realize that dealing with the effects of a traumatic brain injury can be difficult. We encourage you to join our community today to receive the support you need to make progress towards living a better quality of life once again.


Five Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury Military Personnel Suffer

Traumatic Brain Injury MilitaryThe type of traumatic brain injury military personnel can suffer often leads them to look for help and support. TryMunity is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people who have suffered traumatic brain injuries. If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury such as a concussion, you may find yourself experiencing strange symptoms that can persist long after you have been released from medical care and returned to your normal life. Here are some issues that can accompany a traumatic brain injury military experienced by personnel after coming home.

 1. Changes in Behavior

After a brain injury, you may find yourself getting angry or combative for seemingly no reason. Even people who were calm and gentle before their injury sometimes experience rage and anger related to the brain injury.

 2. Sleep Disturbances

Brain injuries can also lead to disruption of your sleep cycle. You may have persistent insomnia or difficulty falling asleep. Conversely, you may fall asleep normally but then have trouble waking in the morning, even if you have slept well.

 3. Persistent Headaches

Headaches are a common side effect of traumatic brain injuries, and they can persist long after the actual injury to the brain has healed. Sometimes people do not connect their headaches with their injury because the headaches occur in a different part of the head.

 4. Vision Problems

Traumatic brain injuries can affect the eyes and the vision centers of the brain. Problems can be physical, such as pupils that have difficulty contracting or dilating. They can also be in the brain itself, in the form of visual hallucinations or black spots in the field of vision.

 5. Forgetfulness

A period of forgetfulness is common immediately following the type of traumatic brain injury military personnel typically suffer, but sometimes forgetfulness can persist for months or years. You may find that even simple information like the names of family and friends is sometimes difficult to recall.

For help and support while recovering from the type of traumatic brain injury military personnel suffer, join the TryMunity community today. You are always welcome here!