Louise Mathewson - Author & Poet
Life with a Traumatic Brain Injury:
Every Little Breeze Whispers
|Posted on February 8, 2018 at 7:00 AM||comments (4)|
Can you believe it? It's February in a new year already! As we have stepped into a new year, some well-meaning people might ask us "how are your New Year's resolutions going?” Many people bow their heads, look to the side with a lopsided grin, their tone of voice falls and…you know how it goes.
I made a resolution a few years back to not make resolutions any more, and I’m doing great!! (Read my storyRead Full Post »
|Posted on November 8, 2015 at 8:10 PM||comments (2)|
Photo Credit: Louise Mathewson
A couple days after I came out of a coma, I was transferred by ambulance to a rehab center. The Occupational Therapist (O.T.) responsible for teaching me daily care routines, took me to the shower. She told me that I wo...Read Full Post »
|Posted on October 26, 2015 at 3:20 PM||comments (0)|
It’s fall, and once again, I feel like I’m falling down a rabbit hole into the dark. This is the season of cooler temps in Florida. So I can get outside much more in the middle of the day. That should be good. However, I still feel like I’m entering a dark hole. Maybe it's my moody injured brain, maybe it's age, maybe...maybe...maybe....
In Chicago, (where I grew up) this is the season of warm, lively, feel-good colors. We moved from Minneapolis two years ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on October 20, 2015 at 2:15 PM||comments (0)|
I woke up with one of those icky moods that perhaps only a person with a brain injury and PTSD knows - dark, meaningless, I didn’t want to talk to anyone, didn't want to hear a male voice, (I live with my husband, so that’s a problem, right there), I just wanted to be alone. I thought about going to yoga, but the appliance repair man was on his way and my husband was in a meeting in his home office, so I was tied to the inside.
After the repairman l...Read Full Post »
|Posted on October 13, 2015 at 4:50 PM||comments (0)|
|Posted on September 3, 2015 at 3:20 PM||comments (0)|
I lost a sense of safety in the world, trust in life, executive skills, cognitive skills, balance, ability to write prose, short term and some long term memory after a traumatic brain injury (TBI). I thought I lost me.
Then one day I was sitting at Barnes and Noble, while my iPod delivered the music of “Creative Mind” by Jeffrey Thompson to my brain. That music always improved my mood. Beside me was my notebook, and a Starbucks coffee, with 2 pumps of chocolate...Read Full Post »
|Posted on June 6, 2015 at 10:20 AM||comments (0)|
At the end of May, along with the rest of the world, I learned of Beau Biden's death at age 46, from brain cancer. I was devastated. As a parent myself of one who will turn 45 this summer, my heart broke for Beau's father, Joe Biden. It's been a month now, but I can't forget when I see him.
At first, shock made me keep repeating the headline as I tried to get my mind around what it meant for Beau's children, wife, father and family members. And ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on March 17, 2015 at 9:25 PM||comments (2)|
In honor of Brain Injury Awareness month I wrote a Loving Kindness Meditation for survivors and their families. I hope you find inspiration, joy and hope in reading it. A suggestion: copy and post it so you can say it for yourself every day or at least a couple days every week.
Photo Credit: Louise Mathewson
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|Posted on December 18, 2014 at 8:25 AM||comments (0)|
In mid-September as I prepared for a 7 week trip to Australia and New Zealand, I realized my husband and I were going to be out of the country during the usual planning time for our family Christmas. Typically, we exchange names among the six of us - our two adult children and their spouses and my husband and me. Our two wonderful grandsons are not included in the exchange, so they make out well! My daughter-in-law usually does the draw, and mails us each a name in October. S...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 11, 2014 at 1:30 PM||comments (2)|
I was asked in an interview, “What is the hardest thing about a brain injury?” “An excellent question,” I said. In eleven years, no one has ever asked me that, at least, as far as I can remember. In fact, I look and sound so good, most people think I am perfectly normal.
My answer was that people don't see how hard some things are for me, like m...Read Full Post »