Understanding My Symptoms Of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

The symptoms of TBI are invisible to most.

Fatigue dominates. How can I feel so tired when I haven’t done a thing? Somedays, I lack the energy required to get out of bed. Then discover my BP is at the lower end of normal. For a person with severe hypertension, that’s concerning. Thank goodness, I listened to my body and stayed in bed. Should I be concerned enough to call the doctor? The office is closed. I will jot it down until I see my doctor.

Living inside my head comes with the fatigue. What else am I to do if I can’t leave the house, and there is no one? Sometimes, I feel it’s self-imposed. Sometimes, I get so tired of it all, and I want out. My mind drifts to everlasting rest.

Why can’t I make decisions? It sends me into a tailspin.

The fatigue can be due to insomnia, poor eating habits, or inadequate water intake, who knows? It’s a hurdle to overcome. What’s mystifying is that physical labor is easier to accomplish than thinking. Fatigue affects my ability to perform specific mental tasks. Focused thought becomes painful and decision making challenging. Is that from memory impairment?

That’s enough for now.


Author: Angela Grant

Angela Grant is a medical doctor. For 22 years, she practiced emergency medicine and internal medicine. She studied for one year at Harvard T. H Chan School Of Public Health. She writes about culture, race, and health.

10 thoughts on “Understanding My Symptoms Of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

  1. I’m sorry to hear about those ongoing symptoms. I know I don’t have any good advice or anything, but I hope you’re doing your best with everything. It’s also good to see you blogging again.

    1. Hi Curtis, thank you. You know knowledge is power. It’s also therapy. The more I understand about TBI the stronger I become. I no longer apologize but rather accept the new me.

      I want to get back to blogging regularly.

      Have a great weekend!

      1. No problem, Angela. I certainly agree about knowledge being power and therapy. I’m glad you felt empowered by understanding and researching TBI.

        I’m looking forward to more posts.

        Thanks, and you as well!

  2. Hi Angela good to hear from you again! Have you ever thought about attending a group of people that have PDSD? Your brain injury is very similar to soldiers in combat. You might get some insight on how to deal with your condition.

    1. Hi Rudy, Hru? When things return to “normal” I plan to attend a cognitive behavioral group therapy with a small group of TBI patients. Covid put a hold on it.

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