TBI Support

It is easy to fall into the trap of "crisis mode.". I am feeling that right now as I try to find a new house, pack up this one, finish up final projects, and finish out the school year for the kids.  It feels like a crisis when so many things are not falling into place, feel unfinished, aren't getting done timely, and just aren't going the way that I want them to go.

In reality, none of this is a crisis - we currently have a nice home, the kids will finish school whether nor not I am ready for them to be done, and the house projects will get done when they get done.  Our world, although difficult, confusing and stressful sometimes, is not a crisis.

The crises that I see are the individuals struggling to make ends meet - knowing that there is a real chance that due to their lives being impacted by a brain injury, they may not be able to put food on the table this week.

A crisis is when you realize that your loved one is no longer able to control their anger and aggression, and you have to be the one to make the call to get them removed from your home, if only to get the medical help being denied because of lack of insurance.

Crisis is when you realize that the catch 22 of being unable to work due to needing to be a caregiver, and being unable to be a caregiver because you can't afford not to work, is a real truth.

Being in a crisis is when you realize that life as you knew it will never return, and the real truth is that you have no idea how you will make it one more day living the way you are living right now.

Brain injury brings crisis with it - many individuals and families living within the world of brain injury find lots of different ways to cope.  However, the long term focus of recovery can take its toll, but eventually, life settles into a routine.

It is when people realize that the routine, whatever that may look like, is now normal daily life, that crisis mode may hit.  Realizing that forgetting medication, not understanding new information, inability to help with children, with laundry, or help themselves may be the way life looks now.

And although not in the immediate crisis of the event, it is a new crisis.

How do we live like this?  Is this forever?

Those are the questions asked.  And often there is no one to answer.

Families living with brain injury need long term support and resources to deal with the ever-evolving crisis that can appear as the healing process continues.  Finding ways to be available to offer help, a listening ear, and resources can make the difference between a hard day, and a crisis.

 

You Are Invited

Lisabeth Mackall: Caregiver, Therapist, Author

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When Lisabeth Mackall opened her front door at 2:30am on January 2, 2012, it changed her life forever. She learned that her husband, Police Officer Frank Mackall, had been in a serious motor vehicle accident while on duty, and had been airlifted to a hospital. When Lisabeth opened her front door, she unknowingly entered the world of brain injury. She had to follow “Another Fork in the Road.” Lisabeth will share how she and her family picked up the remnants, pieced them together with patience, persistence, and love, and forged a new life.

Come One! Come ALL! 

What:        Interview with Lisabeth Mackall, caregiver to spouse, Frank Mackall

Why:        Lisabeth will take us on a harrowing journey of how her husband got a brain injury and how her family is coping with this new “normal.”Mackall, Lisabeth with Book

Where:     Brain Injury Radio Network

When:       Sunday, May  3rd, 2015

Time:         5:00p PT (6:00p MT, 7:00p CT, and 8:00p ET) 90 minute show

How:         Click: Brain Injury Radio Network

Call In:    424-243-9540

Call In:     855-473-3711 toll free in USA

Call In:    202-559-7907 free outside USA

or SKYPE

If you miss the show, but would like to still hear the interview, you can access the archive on On Demand listening. The archived show will be available after the show both on the Brain Injury Radio Network site and on my blog in “On the Air.”

As many of you know, when life changed for me, it REALLY changed!  No longer am I working a position in which I leave each morning to work for someone else, only to return to chaos at home.  Although I miss many things about my friends and colleagues, I am grateful for the time and presence it has given me in my family's life.

I know many of you are on Facebook and have seen the page for Mackall Life Coaching and Wellness.  If you haven't seen it yet, go take a look at it - I often post about events and times that I have available to meet with people, either in person or via Skype or phone.  Life Coaching has allowed me to give back to others, and to use the skills that I learned working for almost 20 years in healthcare with families and individuals facing many challenges.

If you or someone you know is interested in exploring what a life coach can do for you, I offer FREE consultations for those that just want to "kick the tires on this whole life coaching thing."  Feel free to pass along my information to those that you feel may benefit from a free visit.

I hope everyone is having a good weekend.  It is time for the weather to give us all a break - we certainly have earned it!