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Strong and unwanted memories of the event, bad dreams, emotional numbness, intense guilt or worry, angry outbursts, feeling “on edge,” and avoiding thoughts and situations that are reminders of the trauma.
IF YOU HAVE BEEN BLOWN UP READ THIS!!!
Many of us have been blown up by RPG, IED’s, HME and or some other kinetic blast injury (click here) and have some or all of the following symptoms for TBI;
Mild TBI include:#
- blurred vision or tired eyes,
- ringing in the ears,
- bad taste in the mouth,
- fatigue or lethargy,
- change in sleep patterns,
- behavioral or mood changes, and
- trouble with memory,
- attention, or
Moderate or severe TBI:
May show these same symptoms, but may also have a headache that gets worse or does not go away, repeated vomiting or nausea, convulsions or seizures, an inability to awaken from sleep, dilation of one or both pupils of the eyes, slurred speech, weakness or numbness in the extremities, loss of coordination, and increased confusion, restlessness, or agitation.
NOTE: For me personally the hardest part is my memory… the forgetting all that I have learned and having to reread it over and over again to establish muscle memory so that at some point I might retain the information.