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Practical Ways to Find a TBI Support Network

Overcoming Adversity That Comes With TBIAre you or a loved one struggling with a traumatic brain injury? If so, one of the best things you can do is find a specialized support group, or network of people who are dealing with (or have dealt with) a TBI. Why? Because having a TBI can be an extremely isolating experience. It can be easy to lose sight of what’s important, and it can be easy to forget that there are other people out there going through the same things that you are. Finding a good TBI-specific support network will be a wonderful, healing experience for both the TBI survivor and his/her family and friends. Below, we’ve listed a couple ideas for practical ways to find a TBI support network:

Facebook. Or any social media, really. By reaching out on Facebook, you’re bound to find a host of great groups to join — either virtually or in person.

Meetups.com. This website is chock-full of all kinds of different “meet-up” groups (i.e. like-minded people who have formed a kind of club), so you’ll likely fund some great resources and groups here.

TryMunity. Here at TryMunity, we’re proud to offer a widespread support network for TBI survivors and their families and friends. Consider joining us today!

Join the TryMunity Community – We’re Here for You!

Do you have further questions about how to support a family that’s been affected by a TBI? Don’t hesitate to contact TryMunity. Here at TryMunity, we provide a vast, comprehensive web of resources for just that! We also have several support systems for those afflicted with a traumatic brain injury, or who know of someone who is. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have! Join the TryMunity community today, and take advantage of all that we offer. We’re always happy to speak with you, and offer our assistance.

 

Getting Financial Help with TBI Medical Bills

TBIWhen it comes to experiencing a traumatic brain injury (TBI), this can be a painful time both physically, mentally…and financially. If you or a loved one has been struck with a TBI, you may be wondering how you’re going to pay for those pesky medical bills that never seem to stop piling up. Here at TryMunity, we’re focused on providing helpful resources for TBI survivors and their friends and family members. Read on for our tips on how to get help with your TBI medical bills:

  • Worker’s compensation. Collecting your rightful worker’s comp can often be one of the biggest financial resources out there. If you or your loved one experienced a brain injury while on the job, always check into receiving potential worker’s compensation.
  • Disability insurance. You may be able to file a disability claim, which can be hugely helpful, financially speaking.
  • Health insurance. It’s always worth doing in-depth research and inquiring with your specific health care provider, to see what they may be able to cover. Your insurance provider may not always be explicit with you upfront about this, which is why it’s important to do research on your own.
  • Social Security disability. You’ll likely want to consult with a specialized attorney first, but it is possible to file a Social Security disability claim. (And speaking of attorneys, it’s also worth inquiring with a legal expert about receiving compensation from parties were responsible for your TBI.)

Join the TryMunity Community – We’re Here for You!

Do you have further questions about receiving financial support for your traumatic brain injury? At TryMunity, we provide a vast web of resources and support systems for those afflicted with a traumatic brain injury, or who know of someone who is. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have! Join the TryMunity community today, and take advantage of all that we offer. We’re always happy to speak with you.

How to Show Your Support to a Loved One With a TBI

Depression and TBIWhen it comes to dealing with a traumatic brain injury (or, TBI), one thing is for certain: this type of injury doesn’t just affect the person who’s been injured – that person’s whole network of family and friends is affected, as well.

And, chances are, if you’re the person who’s watching a loved one go through this ordeal, it can be hard to know how to help.

But, good news! If you know someone who’s struggling with a TBI, there are some concrete ways to show your support:

  • Direct the person to a support group. Whether it’s online, via Facebook, or in-person, TBI support groups are VERY necessary during this time. Help your loved one find his or her fellow TBI survivors!
  • Help him or her with tasks around the home. It can be very helpful for a TBI survivor to have help around the home, particularly in the direct aftermath of the injury. Make it a point to go over and help with mowing the lawn, sorting through bills and mail, or whatever the person needs done.
  • Bring food. A home-cooked meal always does the trick!

It’s Time to Contact the Experts at TryMunity

Are you or a loved one in need of support for your traumatic brain injury? Here at TryMunity, we’ve created a loving and knowledgeable space for people who’ve been afflicted by TBI’s, in addition to providing resources for their family members and friends. Contact us today to get involved in our community – our members are ready to provide the support and comfort you deserve.

To learn more about TryMunity, to join our community, or to find out how you can help us raise awareness for traumatic brain injuries: get in touch with us via our online contact form. We’re here to help answer your questions!

Finding Local Resources for Your TBI Recovery

When you or someone you know has a traumatic brain injury (TBI), it may seem like no one out there is available to help, but that’s not true. The truth is that there are several local resources out there to help you or your loved one cope with their TBI and get back on their feet in no time.

Check out our guide to local resources for your TBI recovery and get the help you need.

Department of Human Services

This department’s title may vary from state to state, but its purpose remains the same. The Department of Human Services can help you find great rehabilitation centers if you think you need a little extra help with your recovery.

The department can also help you find hospitals and other care facilities. If you have other questions, they can point you in the direction of an expert in concussions and other TBIs who can help.

Federal Legislation Tracking

If your son or daughter has a TBI, the federal legislation tracking system on Congress.gov can help you stay on top of recent legislation affecting people with disabilities. Through this site, you can follow new bills being introduced and how they may impact your child or loved one.

You can be a voice for your child and help make the world a little better for people will TBI and other disabilities. Keep yourself updated and don’t be afraid to contact your local representative about certain legislation.

Brainline.com

This website has a ton of great information on TBI. It also has a full directory that will connect you with organizations in every state that can help you cope with your injury. Simply choose your state and find local resources such as hospitals, treatment centers, and semi-independent and dependent living centers.

This site also offers tips and advice for family and supporters of a TBI patient. If you’re looking for more information, check out their site.

If community support is what you seek, look no further than TryMunity. Our community supports TBI survivors and their supporters as they navigate living with a TBI. Join our community at community.trymunity.com and start getting that support today.

The Importance of Supporters Alongside Survivors of TBI

If a close friend or family member has a traumatic brain injury (TBI), then he or she will be depending on the love and support of friends and family. Recover from a TBI is a long process, and patients may feel a number of symptoms, including headaches, dizziness, blurred vision and even memory loss in some extreme cases.

Though it can be stressful at times, being a supporter of a TBI survivor is a fantastic undertaking. Here is why being a supporter alongside survivors of TBI is so important.

Support for Normalcy

After a TBI, many survivors want to return to normal life as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, this isn’t always easy, especially with a severe TBI. Many survivors need extra help and care in accomplishing chores around the home and running errands.

As a supporter, you may volunteer to help your friend or family member when they need it most. You might run a short errand or help your loved one do something enjoyable. Being there for a survivor is so vital to the recovery processes, so you shouldn’t feel like you’re not helping or wasting the survivor’s time.

Lend an Ear

Some survivors may be facing entirely new experiences, and they may feel overwhelmed. With more severe injuries, a survivor may lose parts of his or her memory or motor skills. Some survivors even lose their ability to speak. As you can imagine, this can be terrifying for a survivor when the whole world changes so suddenly.

You can be a good supporter just by listening to your friend or family member. You may not be able to help directly, but knowing that you’re there to listen and that you care can make a big difference to a TBI survivor.

If you’re looking for other supporters of TBI injuries, join the TryMunity community at community.trymunity.com. Our nonprofit focuses on giving support to individuals and families impacted by TBI. Don’t feel like you’re alone. Contact us today.

Top Tips for Starting Your Own Support Group

The Internet as a Resource for TBI Patients and Their FamiliesSupport groups are an excellent way for traumatic brain injury survivors and their caretakers or family to share their journeys and learn more about the specific challenges they face. Starting a successful support group takes a lot of thoughtful consideration and planning. The fact that you are looking for more information before starting your group is a good sign. Check out our top tips for starting you own TBI support group below.

Hone Your Focus

Choose your group members. Your group members should be made up of individuals with a shared challenge or challenges. You can always have group members with more than one challenge, but they should be related, to help keep your group focused and helpful. Consider whether you could best support the individuals personally impacted by TBI or their parents and siblings. You could always combine those two groups as well.  Also take age range into consideration when selecting your member focus: children, teens, adults, or the elderly will thrive in a support group geared toward them.

Structure Your Group

It’s always helpful to determine ahead of time how you would like your support group to flow. Will you have a curriculum-based discussion over a book or materials brought in each week? Topic-based forums can help the discussion flow by providing members with a subject matter to discuss every meeting, or you can try open forum style and let the conversation flow wherever it happens to lead. Choosing your leadership is an important step to facilitating conversation. Different types of leadership include peer, professional, and guest-led discussions. You may choose to co-facilitate with another member of the group or a professional familiar with your support groups focus.

Brass Tacks

Now it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty of starting a support group. Choose a place for your group to meet. Select the time of day and how often your group will meet. Churches, libraries, and community centers offer free or inexpensive options for meeting locations. If you do choose to meet somewhere with a higher cost, you might want to charge a member fee or door fee. Also think about implementing attendance policies or organizing refreshments and setting aside time for socializing. When you have all the basic details laid out, you can start advertising your support group on social media, forums, and blogs, as well as at libraries, hospitals, social service offices, and churches.
Last but not least, get started! You can only plan so long, start having your group meet as soon as your prep work is done to ensure you keep your motivation going strong. You’ll learn the rest along the way; a thriving support group is a growing process for both you and your support group members. If you want to learn more about traumatic brain injury support groups and the challenges associated with TBI, then check out TryMunity.  Join our community today for more TBI news and information.

How Does a Physician Test for TBI?

How Does a Physician Test for TBI?Due to the variable symptoms of a traumatic brain injury, it can be hard to assess whether you have a TBI or a different diagnosis.  Physicians diagnose TBI through several different tests. TryMunity wants our members to understand the full scope of TBI testing out how those results can be interpreted. Here are a few of the most common ways that physicians diagnose TBI.

Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS)

By far one of the most common ways to diagnose TBI is through the Glasgow Coma Scale. This assesses the patient’s ability to speak, open eyes, and move. A medical professional will rate the person’s responses with a score. A score of 13 or higher indicates a mild TBI. A score 9 -12 indicates a moderate TBI.  A score of below eight indicates a severe TBI. Whether a GCS score determines a person’s short or long-term recovery, is unknown.

Factors Determining TBI

There are several factors that determine whether a person has a traumatic brain injury.  The doctors well look at several symptoms in order to make a correct diagnosis. These factors include:

  • How long the person was unconscious
  • Memory loss
  • GCS score
  • Speech and language tests
  • Numerological symptoms
  • Imaging tests

All of these factors together with Data collected from the patient, well give the positions a clear answer on the severity of the TBI.

Ask Questions

TBI testing can be complex and complicated. It is important that if you have any questions relating to the diagnosis of a traumatic brain injury, that you discuss your questions or concerns with your physician. Joining an online group that is I know you’re with TBI can also be helpful.

If you suspect that you or a loved one has a TBI, join the TryMunity community today. We can assist you in providing the information and resources necessary for recovery.

TBI In the News: Woodpeckers Could Prevent Sporting Brain Injuries

TBI In the News: Woodpeckers Could Prevent Sporting Brain InjuriesThe woodpecker is best known for its ability to use its beak to smash repeatedly into thick trees. Scientists began to ask, “How do they do this without bodily damage?” and that question may hold the answer to curing sporting TBIs. Julian Bailes, chairman of neurosurgery at NorthShore University HeathSystem is an expert in traumatic brain injuries and concussions. He is taking inspiration from our feathered friends in helping humans in preventing serious brain injuries that can have life-long consequences.

Natural Inspiration

Researchers looked at animals that have repeated hard impacts on their head, woodpeckers and bighorn sheep to help unlock the key to brain protection. After a long study, they determined that both animals prevent injury by adjusting the pressure within their skulls. The woodpecker uses its tongue to wrap around its neck and apply pressure to the jugular, regulating blood pressure. Could we do something similar with our athletes? Possibly!

Human Solutions

In theory, a sports collar could achieve the same pressure-altering ability as the woodpecker’s tongue. By applying pressure to the jugular, it increases blood flow to the brain and slightly cushions your brain from the inside out. Brain injuries occur not only from impact but also the way the brain “sloshes” around in the cerebrospinal fluid. With increasing the amount of fluid, the brain stays more stable. This can reduce the signs of brain damage when impacts occur.

New Products

Q30 Innovations has developed a collar prototype that is currently being tested as a possibly preventative TBI product. Hopefully, the preliminary results are promising so we can better protect our athletes from brain injuries.

For more information on TBIs and prevention, join the TryMunity Community today. We are happy to provide you with the right information and resources to assist you.

Make This New Year’s Resolution: Educate Yourself on TBI Prevention

Make This New Year's Resolution: Educate Yourself on TBI PreventionJanuary is known as the month of fresh starts, resolutions, and self-improvement. There is nothing better than making a decision to educate yourself on TBI prevention. TryMunity and its close-knit community are notorious for sharing exceptional information and resources for those impacted by traumatic brain injury after it occurs. However, there is a lot to be learned and shared on how to prevent a TBI as well. Here are a few of the biggest ways you can prevent TBI from occurring.

Safe Vehicle Practices

One of the most common causes of traumatic brain injury occurs from car accidents. Always wear your seat belt when you drive or ride in a vehicle. If you have a child, place them in the appropriate car seat or booster seat. It is now recommended that children sit in a rear-facing car seat for as long as possible. This provides them with extra head and neck support in the event of an accident.

Wear a Helmet

If you are going to take part in any sport in which the head may be impacted, wear a helmet. This includes riding a bike, playing a contact sport, skateboarding, rollerblading, or any other fast-moving sport. Always check that your helmet has the proper fit and that the chin strap is fastened snugly.

Make Your Home Safe

Many TBIs occur in the home due to falling. You can take a few simple steps in making your home a safer place. Do the following:

  • Complete a safety walkthrough at your home to remove any items that may cause you to trip.
  • Install non-stick mats in showers and tubs
  • If you have children, install safety gates at both the start and end to stairways and on windows.

By being aware of the causes of traumatic brain injury and taking the necessary steps, you can lower your risk of sustaining a TBI. For more information, join the TryMunity community today.

What’s the Glascow Coma Scale?

glascow coma scaleThe Glascow Coma Scale is the most common way to describe the level of consciousness in an individual who has suffered a brain injury. Medical professionals use the scale to help others understand the level of the injury. The GCS measures the following human functions:

Eye Opening (E)

  • 4 = spontaneous
  • 3 = voice
  • 2 = pain
  • 1 = none

Verbal Response (V)

  • 5= normal conversation
  • 4= disoriented conversation
  • 3= words, but not coherent
  • 2= no words, only sounds
  • 1= none

Motor Response (M)

  • 6= normal
  • 5= localized to pain
  • 4= withdraws to pain
  • 3= decorticate posture (rigid posture, clenched fists, legs out, arms bent in and fingers held to chest)
  • 2= decerebrate (rigid posture, legs and arms extended, neck and head arched back)
  • 1= none

Medical staff uses this scale to rate each category and create a final GCS score, which is the sum of the numbers. Then the scale below is used:

  • Severe brain injury: GCS 3-8
  • Moderate brain injury: GCS 9-12
  • Mild brain injury: GCS 13-15

How Accurate Is the Glascow Coma Scale?

The scale is based on the subjective observations of the medical staff but is, on the whole, consistent. However, certain situations or circumstances may give an inaccurate GCS number. If a patient is under the influence of drugs or alcohol or has cognitive delays, the GCS number may not be an accurate representation of the severity of the injury. If a patient is younger, a separate pediatric GCS scale is used due to children having difficulty with language.

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