Every day, your life may seem normal. You live your days as usual, but the next day changes you forever. This may be a common occurrence for a lot of us. Maybe you turned a corner and met the love of your life. Or maybe, when you turned the corner, you met an unfortunate accident with a blow to the head. And now, you suffer from TBI. What may seemingly be a normal day can be a significant incident that will change the way you see your life ahead.
What is TBI?
TBI or traumatic brain injury occurs when the head is hit, bumped into, or jolted. It can be very similar to other brain injuries and may vary according to severity. While there are minor injuries, there are also those that cause disability and death. Brain injuries heal differently than injuries in other parts of the body. Recovery is based on certain mechanisms that a person has to undertake.
A symptom of TBI is that the person doesn’t even realize that he or she has been injured in the brain. Part of the reason why is because our brain doesn’t have pain receptors like other parts of the body.
What are the symptoms of TBI?
Symptoms of traumatic brain injury develop late. Meaning, it may take days or weeks after the injury to appear. The mildest type of symptom is a concussion, which can cause headache, nausea, neck pain, dizziness, tiredness, and ringing in the ears.
Moderate or severe TBI can also have those symptoms, along with a headache getting worse or not going away, repeated vomiting or nausea, inability to awaken from sleep, slurred speech, convulsions, weakness or numbness in the arms or legs, and dilated eye pupils.
What causes TBI?
Traumatic brain injury is caused by a wide range of things, but the most common cause is motor vehicle accidents. It is considered number one in the top three causes of TBI. It is followed by firearms and falls.
What are the effects of TBI?
Traumatic brain injury can be classified into two: mild and severe. A mild TBI is usually characterized by loss of consciousness, confusion, or disorientation for less than 30 minutes. If it goes beyond that given time, it’s classified as severe brain injury and may cause disability or even death.
How is TBI treated?
There are general methods to prevent or treat traumatic brain injury. Although most minor brain injuries don’t really require hospitalization, it can still allow pains to persist like a chronic headache. If severe head trauma occurs, there are a few things you should remember:
- Keep the person still and steady until medical help arrives.
- Any bleeding must be stopped with pressure on the wound using sterile gauze or clean cloth.
- Keep your eyes and ears open for signs of circulation, such as breathing and alertness.
This is first aid. However, recovering from brain injury is a different story. There are a number of therapies available everywhere. Such therapy for traumatic brain injury is offered by Intrinsic Home Care, Inc., Companion Care in Illinois and Personal Care in Indiana. We offer professional care for your loved one suffering from any type of brain injury.
Our service areas in Illinois are Chicago, Schaumburg, Lansing, Evanston, Oak Lawn, Oak Park, Oak Brook, Homewood, Brookfield, Justice, Joliet, and Romeoville. In Indiana, we offer services to Merrillville, Munster, Gary, Portage, Jasper, and Crown Point.
If you are interested, you may get in touch with us by calling the numbers 219-961-2560 (Indiana office) and 312-967-3177 (Illinois office). You may also drop a line to our e-mail address at email@example.com and visit our website at www.intrinsichomecare.com.