Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can be devastating. Nearly 1.4 million Americans experience TBIs every year along a wide spectrum of severity; effects range from concussions to paralysis, from temporary memory loss to sharp personality changes. TBIs change who you are and how you live. The recovery process immediately following the TBI has huge implications for the rest of the victim’s life. The choices he or she makes in these first few months can have long lasting consequences. Here are some dos and don’ts for the TBI recovery process.
- Rest. The brain is extremely fragile after a TBI. Any undue stress could injure the brain even further.
- Refrain from driving. Ask your doctor how soon you will be able to drive a car. Do not risk driving until then; the brain is still repairing crucial functions necessary to operate a motor vehicle.
- Avoid illicit drugs and alcohol. Not only can intoxicants interfere with doctor prescribed medication, but they can also reverse any progress your brain makes during therapy and recovery. These substances attack the brain, which is in an extremely fragile state following a TBI.
- Return to your routine slowly. Some TBI patients grow frustrated during the recovery process because they would rather get back to their daily lives, but the truth is that too much activity too soon can be overwhelming. Gradual integration is the best practice.
TBI victims face a long and challenging road to recovery, but the right support and treatment can make the road a little smoother. If you or a loved one sustained a traumatic brain injury, contact The Metier Law Firm, LLC today for a free consultation. You might discover new options that can ease the burden of medical costs and lost wages.
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