Your Weekly Dose of #5ThoughtsFriday: A description of what we think is important at BIAMD
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Jovanna Calzadillas Ross D. Franklin/AP/REX/Shutterstock
Although she was in a wheelchair for Wednesday’s press conference, Jovanna is learning how to walk again and making advancements in her speech, despite the language center of her brain being injured. She will continue her recovery in out-patient therapy.
For the first time since leaving for the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in Las Vegas nearly four months ago, Jovanna Calzadillas is going home.

The Arizona mother of two, 30, was shot in the head on Oct. 1 when gunman Stephen Paddock opened fired on the outdoor concert from his hotel room at the Mandalay Bay Resort. Fifty-eight people were killed and more than 500 were injured in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Although doctors initially told Jovanna’s husband Frank that she was unlikely to survive after a bullet that went through her brain, Jovanna made what doctors are calling a “miraculous” recovery and is scheduled to leave the hospital Thursday.

“On Oct. 1, a part of me changed that night. Even though I will not be the same old Jovanna, I will come back stronger,” said Jovanna at a news conference at the Barrow Neurological Institute Wednesday, according to Arizona’s 3TV/CBS 5. “We will not let people like him win. We will not live in fear.”

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Would you like to help others while helping yourself?
Have you had a brain injury (TBI) /concussion?
Cared for someone with TBI/concussion?

Johns Hopkins researchers
in collaboration with
are seeking people interested in participating in
TBI mental health research.

Participants can either be:
  • people with TBI / concussions who have experienced emotional problems or
  • caregivers,
  • program coordinators or
  • clinicians involved in the care of people with TBI/concussions and emotional problems.

The Johns Hopkins Institutional Review Board (IRB) has approved the study. 

Qualified Participants who complete the study are eligible for up to $400 in compensation.

  • Screening to determine eligibility
  • Participation in four research education courses
  • Participation in a 2-hour focus group
  • Completing a non-identifiable demographic form at the start of the study

If you are interested in joining this study or have any questions, please,

CALL Principal Investigator,
Vani Rao, MD at (410) 550-2288
Some experts recommend learning “ the right way to fall. In the Netherlands, physical and occupational therapists even   teach classes on the art of falling .
It’s that time of year again when safety-conscious organizations issue cautionary tales about preventing falls and, failing that, protecting against serious injury when suddenly descending unintentionally from the vertical.

Even if you think you already know everything you need to know about falling, you’d be wise to read on. Many of us can use a periodic kick in the pants to help keep us safe. I know, because I’m one of those prone to doing something foolhardy even while thinking how dumb it is.

Case in point: Having just read a ream of background information about the risks of falling and its exorbitant costs, both personal and financial, I did something utterly stupid. I stood on the edge of the bathtub in my slippers to clean the top of the surrounding tiles. I got away unscathed this time, but I’ve promised myself never to try that again. As a much younger friend reminded me, a little household dirt never killed anyone, but landing hard on bathroom fixtures is a common cause of fall-related injuries and even deaths among people of all ages, and especially those in and beyond their seventh decade.

I'll take "Fall Prevention" for $500, Alex. CLICK HERE.
Most of us are familiar with the energy drain that sets in around 2:00 p.m. or so. Whether you call it a lunch coma or the midday blues, it’s a  brain  zapping dullness that leaves you staring blankly at your monitor and thinking an afternoon run to Starbucks might not be a bad idea.

new study   gi ves us another way to explain the drain, and it’s all about rewards — specifically, the brain’s focus on seeking rewards, which fuels our  motivation , goes on hiatus around midday.

First, it helps to understand what is meant by “rewards” in this context. You could say our reason for getting up in the morning, going to work, taking on the challenges of the day, and everything else we do is all about rewards – what we seek to accomplish, earn, learn, achieve, influence, etc. The brain is structured to focus on rewards of all sorts, almost all the time. But as this study shows, the time pattern of reward seeking ebbs and flows as the day unfolds.

To read a bit more before you take your nap, CLICK HERE
 2) What We Are Reading That You Might Enjoy...

Discover That Your Negative Emotions Are Created By Thoughts. Thoughts Only Create Emotions When You Believe Them. If a random person tells you, "The world is going to end tomorrow",  and you believe them , how would you feel? You would likely experience fear.  But if you didn't believe them , then how would their comment make you feel? You almost certainly wouldn't be emotionally affected. This demonstrates that when you believe someone's words to be true, those words create emotions.  But if you don't believe someone's words, those same words don't have the power to create emotions.

The same is true of the words (thoughts) in your mind. If you believe a negative thought about yourself or your life, that thought will create an unwanted emotion. However, if you don't believe that thought, it quite simply won't create the unwanted emotion. Learn How To Lose Your Negative Emotions By Disbelieving Your Thoughts.

For The Book, 

  (If you decide to buy anything mentioned in #5ThoughtsFriday, don't forget to use  Amazon Smile  and select the Brain Injury Association of Maryland as your donation beneficiary.) 
1) Quote We Are Contemplating...

"You aren’t learning anything when you’re talking."

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018
at Union Jack's of Annapolis for the
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