Christina's Corner Edition
Hi! I'm Christina, Travis' wife, and I'm super excited to have my little nook on his blog. As the spouse of a person with a TBI, I feel I have some unique challenges and I'm sure other partners out there helping their mate along can relate to that sentiment. Almost over night I went from having a mellow, relaxed, go with the flow kinda husband to an outspoken, opinionated, and moody one! I say all of that with love because it sure isn't his fault. I was not as aware of the impact a TBI can have, so I was quite perturbed to go from the alpha personality in the house to having Travis be head honcho in pretty much everything.
I analyze his behavior and situations he is in with my knowledge and education from a clinical standpoint. I hold a B.S. in Psychology- Crisis Counseling, halfway to an M.S. in Family & Human Development (I'll finish in July), and I start my Doctoral program in Traumatology next fall. With all of that knowledge in my head, I am still surprised every day with Travis' brain. There is not a thing, class, worksheet, or blog that can ever prepare you for a journey with a TBI patient. Each brain is as different and unique as the accident itself.
I hope to be able to share my experiences as a TBI spouse that is learning something every day and most importantly, how to cope with someone going through this and the significance of self-care. We are not just spouses of a TBI, we are people with our own identities first.
In a perfect world I would have a round table discussion or a sofa evening to be able to hear all the stories from spouses that are faced with this new lifestyle, but for now my nook will have to do.
P.S some of my older post are found under "My Blog" since we exported from Wordpress, and my section was part of Travis' feed and it is easier to just keep them there. In the future everything I write will be found on this tab!