Your Weekly Dose of #5ThoughtsFriday: A description of what we think is important at BIAMD
MAY is National Stroke Awareness Month.
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After a life changing brain injury, answering questions like, “What is my vision for my life?” or even, “What does a good day look like for me?” have very different answers post brain injury than they may have before the brain injury. Each person has unique set of experiences prior to the brain injury and often experience trauma, grief, and loss after a brain injury. Employing strategies for person-centered thinking and person-centered planning can help keep the person with a brain injury as an individual at the center of their supports and services as they navigate life with a brain injury.

Though definitions put out by different groups vary slightly, person-centered thinking generally focuses on language, values and actions toward respecting the views of the person and their loved ones. It emphasizes quality of life, well-being, and informed choice. This way of thinking is the foundation for person-centered planning which puts these principles into action. The focus of the plans should be on the person’s strengths as opposed to focusing on disabilities and problems.
Before the plan development meeting is held, the person at the center of the plan meets with person they want to facilitate the meeting or another person of their choosing to plan for the meeting. This helps the person to prepare the information that they want to share at their meeting and the logistics.

CLICK HERE for Catherine's Key Elements of Pre-Planning and Key Discussion Points.

CLICK HERE for Catherine's Key Elements of Pre-Planning and Key Discussion Points in downloadable PDF.
We are witnessing mandated social isolation and social distancing on an epic scale. As part of BIAMD's interest in serving Maryland's Brain Injury Community, we are starting what we call "Check-In Chats".

We would like to "check in" with anyone looking to share their experiences and challenges with either an individual or in a social group setting.

Even though we can't meet in person, there are many ways open to us, and, if you are interested, we would like to hear from you about your needs and how we can help you feel more connected.

Once we hear from you, we can move forward in setting up our chats. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Please CLICK HERE to sign up using our online registration form and express your interest in participating an upcoming conversation either individually or in a group.

Emergency physicians are seeing declines in the number of patients arriving with cardiac problems. Some say they were afraid to go to the hospital.
Bishnu Virachan was a bicycle deliveryman for a grocery store in Queens. With New York City locked down, he was busier than ever.

But in early April, as he was watching television, he felt “a pain in my heart.” It frightened him, but he did not go to the emergency room. Mr. Virachan, 43, was even more afraid of that.

“What can I do? What can I do?” he asked. “Everywhere, the coronavirus.”

After a few days, pain overrode fear and he went to Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan. Doctors discovered a nearly complete blockage of his left main coronary artery.

A surgeon opened the artery, but Mr. Virachan was left with a weakened heart. Had he waited much longer, doctors said, he would have died.

Fear of the coronavirus is leading people with life-threatening emergencies, like a heart attack or stroke, to stay home when ordinarily they would have rushed to the emergency room, preliminary research suggests. Without prompt treatment, some patients, like Mr. Virachan, have suffered permanent damage or have died.

Emergency rooms have about half the normal number of patients, and heart and stroke units are nearly empty, according to doctors at many urban medical centers. Some medical experts fear more people are dying from untreated emergencies than from the coronavirus.

CLICK HERE for more on this dangerous issue.

CLICK HERE to read an op-ed from healthcare leaders addressing this disturbing trend.
If you are having signs or symptoms of a stroke, CALL 911 immediately. TIME IS BRAIN. The longer you wait, the more difficult it may be to treat your resulting stroke symptoms.

An easy way to remember the most common signs of stroke and how to respond is F.A.S.T.:

F   = Face drooping: Ask the person to smile. Does one side droop?

A  = Arm weakness: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

= Speech difficulty: Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Are the words slurred?

= Time to call 9-1-1: If the person shows any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately. 

Zoom Room Support Group Meeting for Caregivers

If you're missing your in-person Brian Injury Caregiver Support Group due to cancellations but still would like to join in with others caring for a Brain Injury Survivor, please join our Zoom Room Support Group Meeting for Caregivers this Sunday evening from 7:30-8:45pm (Eastern Time).
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Critical care doctors know that the longer patients remain in the ICU, the more likely they are to suffer long-term physical, cognitive and emotional effects of being sedated.
In fact, those effects have a name: "post-intensive care syndrome." Some physicians call it post-ICU delirium.

"The longer somebody is in the ICU, the more they're at risk," Dr. Amy Bellinghausen, a pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine fellow at the University of California, San Diego, said. She estimates that up to two-thirds of ventilated patients may be affected.

Patients may be physically weak and experience a type of post-traumatic stress. The exact cause of post-intensive care syndrome is unclear. It could be the result of patients not getting enough oxygen or blood to the brain. Or, it could be sedative medications — critical for what physicians must do in acute care, but with potentially long-lasting ramifications.

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2) What We are Reading This Week and Know You Will Enjoy
Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV.

She has seen both these dreams come true.

At last, Tina Fey's story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon -- from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence.

Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we've always suspected: you're no one until someone calls you bossy.

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1) Quote We Are Contemplating...

“I don’t know where I’m going from here but I promise it won’t be boring.”

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