TBI – Survivors, Caregivers, Family, and Friends

I Tripped & Stumbled, but Did Not Fall

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Donna O’Donnell Figurski

Donna O’Donnell Figurski

Recently, as I got out of my car, I stumbled on the curb. Somehow in the darkness, I did not see it. Though the event took less than a second, one thought ran through my head. It was not, “Oh, no! I am going to break a bone or scrape my knee.” It was not, “What a klutz! I’ll ruin my clothes.” And it was not about how embarrassed I would be. All of those possibilities probably would have been my first thoughts – before brain injury entered my life when my husband had a traumatic brain injury in 2005.

Now my mind is only a thought away from brain injury. So, as I tripped and stumbled, but did not fall, my mind raced to, “Please don’t let me hit my head.” I didn’t care how silly I looked or about my clothes being ripped or about getting any broken bones (they would heal). I worried about getting a brain injury. I worried about how a brain injury could change my life forever. I worried that if I were hurt, I could not sufficiently care for my husband, who needs my daily attention. Yes, those thoughts did race through my head in that fleeting second.

It only takes a second for a brain injury to occur. Most brain injuries occur because of an accident. Though we may be aware of the possibility of accidents, they cannot all be avoided. Fortunately, my accident was avoided – just barely. I can only hope that my potential accidents will be few and far apart in the future. I hope yours will be too.

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Comments on: "TBI Tales: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I Tripped & Stumbled, but Did Not Fall by Donna O’Donnell Figurski" (6)

  1. Glad you’re okay. You do want to know what its like. Even though I am so lucky, it stinks.

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  2. Donna, Glad you are ok. You and David inspire me. You both know the challenges of living each moment with TBI. Your love and commitment helps so many others. I think of you often. Patti

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    • Patti, you are so sweet to comment on my blog. If you could imagine the thoughts that swept through my brain as I tried to correct the fall!

      David would care for me, if I were hurt, but it would be so difficult for him. It would be difficult for me, too, watching him struggle.

      I think of you and John often too. So glad you are in my life.

      Donna O’Donnell Figurski
      survivingtraumaticbraininjury.com
      donnaodonnellfigurski.com

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  3. It’s interesting how TBI changes the way you think and some changes aren’t related to survivor or the damage at all. We look at everything through a new set of eyes. I know my wife Bonnie thinks about things the same as you do.

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    • Rodney, I don’t doubt that she does. Bonnie and I both have something in common. We don’t want anything to happen to the guys we love. My guy is celebrating a pretty BIG birthday today. So glad we have the opportunity.

      Donna O’Donnell Figurski
      survivingtraumaticbraininjury.com
      donnaodonnellfigurski.com

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  4. lee staniland said:

    I know! that is my first thought too.

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