I am re-blogging this exceptional article which was written with total accuracy by http://braininjuryselfrehabilitation.com.
Here is a snippet, please go to her website to read full article. You will be astounded at what you read. It is not just in the USA, New Zealand is exactly the same as I am sure it is in most other countries.
The medical profession need better EDUCATION when it comes to head injuries. The lady that writes this, has first hand knowledge regarding the lack of understanding from healthcare professionals, healthcare protocol & Brain Injuries.
Could This Be The Reason Traumatic Brain Injury Is Misdiagnosed and Untreated?
What is the real reason traumatic brain injury is misdiagnosed, untreated or under treated? Do we have enough rehabilitation centers in America to accommodate 1.7 million people every year? Is this a national problem or local issue? I cannot believe they missed the most obvious of all … brain injury. I was the patient with all the issues…but the healthcare professionals still expect you have it all together to let them know what’s going on. What one does know is most head injuries, strokes, and many diseases of the brain are not classic in any way. The emergency room personnel look for only the classic obvious symptoms: one sided weakness, dropping of the facial muscles, slurred speech, and others. These are not necessarily symptoms that appear with the 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries every year.
So I’m trying to figure out the most important education to be given to our healthcare providers. Here is what I do know. Only about one year before my TBI I attended a Brain Injury Conference in Newark, New Jersey. I loved my career, enjoyed everything I was doing, worked full-time as a rehabilitation registered nurse specializing in brain injury and neurological conditions, research, community projects and others. Attended the conference with hundreds of other professionals and disciplines. I sat in attendance with all those professionals while the speaker who was describing her day dealing with a mild traumatic brain injury. I listened intently, but as much as I am sad to say … I along with everyone in our group from various disciplines and facilities joked about their disbelief in the speaker’s symptoms. The speaker, a traumatic brain injury survivor had such an array of symptoms I too found it unbelievable but I knew why I felt that way, and I did not share my feelings with anyone else. Worse yet, I found all of my colleagues in disbelief. They too may have been justified in how they felt, because we all have injuries to varying degrees in our life. No one shared any personal experiences, so I don’t know the answer. click here to read the rest of the article…
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