Mothering With Brain Damage

This winter, since I had some time to get “settled,” and I am in Ohio and its cold, I found Wee One some classes and activities. Not too many, because I don’t think its right for her, but some. We really liked The Little Gym in Seattle, but it’s really far from where I live, and I found a tumbling tot class nearby (and much cheaper!)

WO loves going, watching the other kids, climbing on things, and the trampoline. She is working so hard to jump these days and loves the trampoline, especially when I get on with her, hold her hands, and jump with her. To be honest, I like it, too, until I get off and then I feel it: my head injury.

Almost 20 years ago I was in a coma for two months, and can easily tell myself that it doesn’t affect me anymore (because I really don’t want it to) but then I try to get active with WO.

Jumping up and down with her, or swinging on swings makes me dizzy. I don’t do well being inverted. Elevators mess me up. Unfortunately, I think other physical limitations from the accident are going to keep me from playing with her like I want: mainly, I won’t be able to run with her. (Unless I can run on a hip replacement? Anyone know?)

I’m also looking into possible health problems way past time of injury, and it seems like there’s a correlation between Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and dementia. Anyone else out there with experience many years past TBI?

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