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10/15/12 9:09 A

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So glad you checked in! The nice thing about this group--is we are NOT going to judge... Remember that--as we do the self-judge thing often enough on ourselves.

Hope you are feeling a bit better!!!
Barb

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10/14/12 9:05 P

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Thanks for the support guys and I'm sorry for not replying sooner. I started having some weird symptoms again and my doctors think that I need more testing. Because of this I had to take some more time off of school. It really messed with me at first but looking back I'm impressed to have been able to do as much as I did on my first try back.

I've been pretty busy moving back home and running back and fourth getting appointments. Hopefully I'll be able to get back on here and getting back in shape when everything calms down.

Barb those are all wonderful ideas and have actually helped a lot. Thanks.
Thanks again for all of the support guys!

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10/12/12 7:17 P

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BARBGEO's Photo BARBGEO Posts: 784
9/12/12 9:50 A

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Hey Jared,
How are you doing? How are the headaches? I don't know where you live (or don't remember-sorry) but if the weather is changing a bunch, you might look at that as a possible 'cause'. We know your accident was the true cause, but sometimes the changes in the barometric pressure can be difficult to deal with. Sometimes simple (realllly good) sunglasses can reduce your pain, or a saline nasal spray--which sounds crazy, but it can. I have gotten great relief from using benydryl (don't drive-as it makes you sleepy) and checking your meds-many meds give headaches--which is just crazy but true!

Wearing sunglasses inside can make you feel like a dork. I get goofy looks from people (and nasty remarks at times) but when you explain to people simply and quickly, they 'get it'. The lighting (fluorescent) is horrible in colleges and schools as well as most stores. It really HURTS. I have a pair of glasses that are really big, and close in on the side a bit (about 30 bucks) that are great. I know of others who pay much more, but can be worn over your other glasses. I think they are fairly expensive.

I just wanted to check in with you... going to school can be a huge challenge, but it is possible.

All the best,
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9/11/12 9:08 A

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Welcome Melissa!
So grateful you are here.
Hugs,
Barb

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9/11/12 12:44 A

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Hi,
My name is Melissa. I know first hand that losing weight after brain surgery is tough. I have a Chiari Malformation (a birth defect) and had the back of my skull removed to relieve pressure on my brain and restore cerebral spinal fluid flow to somewhat normal. A year before that, I had just had a C-section. I was in the middle of my weight loss from the pregnancy, when I needed the brain surgery. It is also hard for us to find exercises that will not cause headaches or make us dizzy. I know exactly where you are coming from. I am trying to lose 40 lbs. I'll lend some support if you would like! emoticon

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9/7/12 8:07 P

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Howdy!

Most of this I just copy and pasted from another TBI forum on here. I've already met Barb and I look forward to meeting everyone else.

My name is Jared, I'm 22 years old, and I'm an engineering student at Ohio University.

A little over a year ago I was struck by a hit and run driver on campus. I didn't break any bones but I hit the asphalt hard enough for my left eye to shift and my brain to bleed. Long story short(It's been a long year.), I had to take a year off and am just now able to take classes again.

For the greater part of this past year, I wasn't able to do much else aside from lie in the dark and have seizures. Consequently, I gained quite a bit of weight. I've been able to lose some of it while doing my formal physical therapy but now that I am done with pt I still have 50ish lbs I'd like to lose.

I had an account on this site a while back but forgot about it. Luckily, I happened to stumble on it here recently after looking up some stuff about weight loss. I'm really glad to find that there is a group on here dealing with TBI. I don't know how other people are/were treated for TBI but I was stunned that there was so little my doctors could do for me other than just get my body to calm down so my brain could heal on its own. It is good to see that there are groups like this out there.

I've come a long way from the guy who couldn't tell you half of his name but this first week back has been rough. I had to miss a good chunk of my classes because the headaches were so bad I didn't feel safe driving. I don't want to give up my dream of becoming an engineer. I'm going to look into getting some help as far as school goes. I'm not any less intelligent after the accident but things are a lot different now.

I know that there are a lot of people who have it worse off than me but I can sure use the help and support and if I can help someone else out, I'll do my best.



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