Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Losing and Gaining Memory

Dear friends, I have dealt with three types of memory loss always, and most of you will probably recognize at least one area you are struggling with. I deal with severe long term, severe short term, and many blocks of time with retrograde amnesia. Retrograde amnesia is when we miss whole blocks of time, like a few years, yet retain all the rest of our memory. Short term memory can best be compensated with a "note to self" every single time you need to remember anything for awile......you will be the first to know when the notes are no longer necessary! As far as short term memory loss, the memory "brain games" helped me personally the most. As far as the long term memory, I keep pictures of my loved ones displayed and have my caregiver answer questions, as I have questions and try to connect the dots of the missing parts of my life. The retrograde amnesia and the long term memory problems can be greatly helped with what is called "learned memory". Learned memory is when we cannot remember ANYTHING, and someone else has to fill in the memories, as we take notes to later memorize and learn!  After studying the notes for a year of time I could not tell the difference in "real memory" or the memory I had relearned and memorized only!

Debbie Wilson

I Was Lost

I was lost,
I wasn't sure I'd ever be found.
I sure resented the cost,
I felt like I struggled very hard just not to drown.
I knew I deserved to have my loved ones stick around.
I felt like I was just kind of tossed,
I knew it was because my head had pounded the ground.
I was once lost,
I was finally found.
I no longer resent the cost,
I know my head pounded the ground.
I am so very thankful I was able to stick around.
I learned brain injury survivors can truely astound.
I am enjoying this time of growth and finally rebound.
I am so thankful I was able to find the faith and courage to stick around.

Debbie Wilson



Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Precious Moments

Precious Moments

Precious moments could be spent on our life climb,
Precious moments could be spent having loads of fun.
Precious moments could be spent on a money and power run.
Precious moments could be spent unselfishly hvelping someone.
Precious moments could be spent freely offering your valuable time.
Precious moments could be spent helping others with their climb,
Precious moments can be spent helping others get their things done.
Precious moments can be spent living and enjoying your own time.
Precious moments can be spent helping to ease another's burden.
Precious moments can be spent sharing of ourselves just now and then,
Precious moments can be spent every single day and that is how humanity wins.

Debbie Wilson




Saturday, February 28, 2015

We Only Thought We Were Alone

We thought we were alone.
We did not know how to contact a fellow survivor on the phone.
We noticed many family and friends seemed to no longer care.
We noticed from the very beginning this brain injury wasn't fair.
We have since learned we are not alone.
We have heard many others also lose, moan and groan.
We are learning to be thankful we don't each have a headstone.
We are learning how to go forward with our brain repair.
We are working hard not to give in to frustration or despair.
We were all thrown into a very scary world of the unknown.
We all felt like we were hit be a very destructive cyclone.
We are realizing we don't have to live alone in solitaire.
We are realizing there are survivors everywhere.
We only thought we were alone.

Debbie Wilson



Tuesday, February 24, 2015

In A Split Second

One day we were here,
In a split second, we did all disappear.
One day life did seem very clear,
In a split second we suddenly felt lonely and full of fear.
One day life was feeling quite joyful and full of cheer,
In a split second, we were made to feel like we were no longer here.
One day life was filled with future plans and worthwhile careers,
In a split second we were given cause to cry more than our share of tears.
One day we were blazing a new and unwanted frontier,
In a split second we realized brain trauma was nothing anyone would volunteer.
One day as we were striving to move forward we felt something familiar reappear,
In a split second we lost so we learned to show love and thanks for all we again find dear.

Debbie Wilson


Saturday, February 14, 2015

A Real Friend

A Real Friend

Some friends mean well, but they don’t seem to
be quite available, when needed the most.
Other friends are there occasionally if you are
in some kind of dire need or emergency.
Real friends don’t let you feel alone, in spirit,
they are emotionally available with loving care.
There are friends that will help you by voluntarily
taking the lead and allowing you to have a rest.
This gives us a chance to be our very best.

Friends are few and far between. Although we have
a lot of acquaintances. Friends are so very rare.
Acquaintances smile and talk a good game, but are
never really available at the meaningful times.
Friends, true friends, make every effort to be there
for each other in times of necessity joy and strife.
They love each other during the happy times as
well as the downhearted and difficult times.

Friends are not like fruit that grow on trees, they
are hand picked from all over the universe.
Always show thankfulness and love for the
friends that you are fortunate enough to have.
Friends don’t judge each other on status of financial
position or outward personal appearances.
Real friends judge each other on the merits of their
quality of heart and the pure goodness of their soul.

Debbie Wilson