Yesterday I got lost driving home. From Target. The Target that I frequently visit. Driving the same route that I always take. Yet, all of a sudden nothing looked familiar and panic set in. Where the heck was I? How did I get here?
You see, just over a year ago, I sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Little did I know at the time how much of an impact this would have on my life. (Did you know that TBI is one of the leading causes of death in the United States? And that every 13 seconds someone in the US sustains a TBI?
Getting lost and/or confused is my "new normal." Fortunately, I no longer burst into tears and crawl into bed for three days after an instance such as this. I have learned to understand my limits and that this kind of thing is going to disrupt my daily life from here on out. It's just the way that it is, for now.
The good news is that I have an iPhone. When I do get lost, I pull up my map and find my way home. Usually once I get back on track, I realize where I am and can navigate my way without further incident.
What's really frustrating is that if you knew me before, you would understand my "internal GPS" was amazing. I had such an incredible sense of direction (thanks, Dad, for those genes). I always was able to find my way around, even in an unfamiliar city. My friends looked to me to navigate new places when we were out adventuring. Now, I get lost right in my own backyard. Continue Reading http://www.huffingtonpost.com/amy-zellmer/lost-life-with-traumatic-_b_7467176.html
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