Monday, February 12, 2007

living with a TBI - V2

Living with a TBI
Here are some notes on what it’s like to be me.

-It seems that my past life returns to me in flashbacks
-There are defining moments when it seems that my intelligence returns
-I’m always cold
-I have a memory of about 10 seconds in length
-I have very little patience
-I behave as if one who experiences O.C.D. might
-I’m very irritable
-It feels as if I always have food stuck in my teeth
-I feel as though I’m experiencing life on the outside of a fishbowl, while, looking in
-I can't eat hard foods, such as crusty bread
-I can't eat "hot" food, both in temperature and spiciness
-I prefer to have food heated up in the microwave, not in the toaster
-It's quite easy for food to "go down the wrong pipe", making me cough


Judy said...
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Judy said...

This is a great start for your blog! I especially liked reading about what it's like to live with TBI--this would make a good start for your book. Keep up the good work!

I'd like to see some pictures too.

Loved working with you.


Cathi said...

Joe, keep us informed as we will never know the challenges you face. You are my hero!


Tommy said...

Mr. Damon,

I am hanging out with Paul this weekend and we were both talking about about how cool you are. Keep up the Sodoku!!!


Stacey said...

Joe, I feel priveleged to have had the chance to get to know you and your wonderful family. I can't tell you how proud I am of've come a long way. I am happy I was able to be a part of your recovery. Keep up the amazing work. The sky is your limit!

Andy said...


With your determination and love of life, I know that you are going to continue making wonderful progress in overcoming these obstacles.

My admiration for you runs very deep. You always treated me like family and I always considered you to be my second father. Just as you always believed in me, I shall always believe in you.

But, the most important thing to consider here is that I can see you believe in yourself now more than ever!

I look forward to reading your posts and will be an active participant on your blog.

Peace be with you,


Norm said...


I continue to be amazed at your fortitude. This site is a terrific idea and I look foward to communicating with you more frequently.

I hope to see you in the next 60 days as I firm up plans for a trip back to Boston. I'll contact you when I get details.

God Bless. Norm

Jim said...

Joe, this is a graet way for all of us to stay in touch. I have always been proud and blessed to know you and Lynn. There is no challange that can beat you except the one you don't try.

Sue Tyska said...

Hi Joe,
what a great way to keep us all informed and to just keep in touch!
You know, I'm very irratible and impatient and have an awful least you have a good excuse!
I think mine's called menopause!
Seriously, thanks for sharing with us your deepest thoughts... I feel closer to you.
You, Lynn Paul and Kate inspire me!
I miss you and love you,