Attitude is a state of mind. Sometimes you have to work hard to make sure your state of mind is moving in the right direction. Bruce has found that if he does two activities each day, he feels accomplished, and this keeps his thoughts moving forward. These activities may be as simple as going to Starbucks with another brain injury friend, or giving our dog a bath. We frequently take her on walks, and Bruce loves being outdoors with her. He may talk on the phone with a friend or read or listen to a book. If we go to the gas station, he fills the tank which is rehab in itself! It is so important to interact with other people whether they are family, friends, or part of a brain injury support group.
No one said being a caregiver was easy, did they? You have to be a psychologist, activities director, therapist, nurse, and friend! Being a caregiver certainly provides many opportunities for growth and stretching of your capabilities!
The New Year of 2013 presents us all with the opportunity for a fresh start in developing skills, making new friends, and moving on in new directions. Things may not be like they were before the brain injury, but they can still be good and maybe even better as together you both move forward in your "New Normal."