An extensive description of the human brain, and how it functions, is
available on from this page. It not only describes the functions of the
different areas of the brain, it goes into great depth on how these areas (seem)
As I believe that understanding our problems is a prerequisite to solving
them (even if "understanding" means describing them, without
professional advice, in our own terms), I thought that this should be brought to
the attention of the TBI community. In particular, carers might benefit from
this almighty tome (no joking!) which is now available to you on the Web.
30/07/96 I have now discovered something that might make your
journey here worthwhile. brain1.gif shows
a fairly detailed picture of the brain with name tags to different bits.
Furthermore, a coloured picture of the brain
(53Kb) and it's components is now on my site, courtesy of Debbie Wilson of
A Real Virtual Hospital
Another Online Hospital seems to have opened up in the States. It's free, as
far as I can gather, but is staffed by volunteers - and it even has a specialist
area in ABI/TBI! Choose Item 6 on the Master Menu ("Ask the Doctor")
and then Item 2 - but you'll have to register first. Please note, though, that
any answers cannot be made public, eg cannot be posted.
To reach it, use Telnet and connect to lafn.org (telnet.exe is on
nearly all Windows systems, but isn't advertised)
.The following was originally written by an epileptic,
but it means exactly what we all mean and want, so, with your permission,
Paulette Motzko, I've included it here; just make the small change to let it
read for you, and make it your own
I" was looking through a prayer book and realized that people with
epilepsy need a Special Prayer all their own. Since one hadn't been written, I
thought I'd write one. I figure we need all the help we can get and it wouldn't
hurt to have the Man Upstairs on our side. Even though it is the LONGEST prayer
I've seen to date, it only takes a few minutes to say and makes me feel better
somehow. I hope this gives you the same kind of consolation it gives me. "
reproduced with the courtesy of Paulette Motzko.
Substitute "epileptic" with whatever and you have
Thank you for the promise of this day. My day is young and new as a child full
of wonder. My past has been "thrown to sea" but with Your Help the
pleasant memories will be waiting safely, on the shore for me. Let only the Best
of Myself, of Who I Am, live on. My future consists only of the choices I make
today. Wipe any worries or fears from my mind. Give me a "clean slate"
to work with, to accomplish things, a day that has never been Lived Before.
Let me embrace myself with open arms, treating myself as my own Best Friend.
Let me not be unnecessarily hard on myself but let me constantly push myself to
Achieve New Goals.
Give the Strength to not only cope but give me Super Human Strength so I May
Be Stronger Than This Thing I'm Fighting. Give me the Power to not fight But To
Victim is not in my vocabulary; I don't know what the word means. Let me
always remember that even though I may not be perfect, and I may have boundaries
others may not, the remaining "Normal" Part of Me is Exceptional. It
has become stronger over time to compensate for what is weak. The brain waves
which seem to "have a mind of their own", only make me Different-In A
Very Good Way. I'll see the entire spectrum of colours in a sunset, instead of a
few; I'll never take anything for granted, no matter how seemingly small; I'll
always be content just to gaze at songbirds in a tree; I'll somehow be able to
"understand" when others can't find the words; I'll be happy to be
"wherever I'm at", because it probably took more work than average to
get there; and My Hands will always reach out quicker to Help Someone In Need.
Each year, when my health was unstable, let me Never Forget that those qualities
I possessed of Strength and Courage can now be given back to someone else. As
the saying goes, "The Only Thing We Take To The Next Life From This One is
What We Gave Away."
My Life Quality, as well as all others who share my plight, is Top Priority.
Let me find ways of Raising the Standards, Changing Laws, Enlightening and
Educating, so that All People Are Treated Equally. Let me make my life a Mission
to change the things I am able, and to Empower Myself In Any Way I Can. Make My
Pills be "Magic Pills" That Help Me Live The Life I Desire, Obtain My
Goals, and know what Peace Of Mind Means. Let me donate funds for medical
research to aid in the discovery of New Drugs which could be the "Magic
Pills" of tomorrow. Lord, walk with me throughout the day and Never Leave
My Side. With Each Step I Take, While Others Ride-Walk With Me. If I Wait While
Others Go About Their Lives-Be There With Me. Take away the loneliness that
harbours itself by helping me Find Friends That I may Share A Common Bond. Let
Me Seek Others For Support as well as Strength. Let All People With Epilepsy
Take Their Health Into Their Own Hands. Let Us Form A Wall Of Steel, Each One
Helping To Reinforce the Strength of the Other; the Whole being Stronger than
Let me realize that no matter what happens today I Always Have My Soul.
Minutes or hours may be taken from me, I may be pushed to the limit-but I Won't
Fall. Let me do something Wonderful Every Day...No Matter What That May Be: Sing
A Song Off-Key; Savour A Minute or Two; Write In A Journal; Take A Walk With
Somebody Special; or Create A Masterpiece. Don't ever let me forget what
"Rewarding" Means. Don't let me forget the Joy of Simple Things. Don't
let me get wrapped up in "Just Being", for I wasn't put on this earth
to Merely Exist.
Let me keep a Child-Like Anticipation For The Day And What It Holds. Don't
Let My Sense Of Humour Dwindle Away. Let This Day, Especially, Be A
"Package" I can Unwrap. Let me "Go Outside Of Myself",
Trying to Help Others and Affect Lives. Let me be more concerned with Others
Let People Remember Me For What I've Done, Not Who I Am. If I feel
susceptible, let me say:
Make Me Strong, Hold Me Up, Give Me Power
Ease My Mind, Give Me Peace, Send An Angel To Hold My Hand.
Vocational Rehabilitation is the
provision of services to enable individuals with disabilities, including
individuals with the most severe disabilities, to pursue meaningful careers by
securing gainful employment commensurate with their abilities and capabilities.
One or more Vocational Rehabilitation programs are funded in every state in
the United States by the Rehabilitation Services Administration under the U.S.
Department of Education. The West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services
serves the state of West Virgina.
The Trace Centre
The Trace Center was formed in 1971
to address the communication needs of people who are non-speaking and have
severe disabilities. Since then, the center has expanded its scope to cover
"communication" in a broader sense. It is now a searchable site by
The Trace Center is a Rehabilitation
Engineering Research Center located at the Waisman
and the Department of Industrial
Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Trace is one of the network of Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers
supported by the
National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)
of the U.S. Department of Education.
Trace is also part of the University
Affiliated Programs at the Waisman Center.
AVONLEA Care Centre
Avonlea Care Centre is a specialized care home for survivors of severe
traumatic brain injury (TBI), providing long term care for brain injured adults.
At Avonlea we provide extensive rehabilitation programs that include cognitive,
recreational, hydro, physiotherapy, group/individual therapy and twenty four
hour specialized nursing care, to maximize the persons functional abilities and
quality of life.
I have recently realised that "silk.net" no longer hosts the Care
Centre. If you want to contact them, their telephone no. and address
(snail mail) is
1658 Blondeaux Crescent, Kelowna, BC V1Y4J7, British Columbia, Canada.
I have yet to find a new way of
contacting them online...
Also, from my Guest book:-
"AVONLEA CARE CENTRE 1658 Blondeaux Crescent Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 4J7 Phone: (604) 762-4378 Fax: (604) 768-8998 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org To Whom
It May Concern: Avonlea Care Centre is a specialized care home for survivors of
severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), providing long term care for brain injured
adults. At Avonlea we provide extensive rehabilitation programs that include
cognitive, recreational, hydro, physiotherapy, group/individual therapy and
twenty four hour specialized nursing care, to maximize the persons functional
abilities and quality of life. Avonlea is recognized by Health Care, Case
Management and Insurance Professionals and is a leader in the field. Complete
individual programs are set up by the Physiotherapists, Speech Pathologist,
Occupational Therapists, Dieticians and Recreational Therapists. Avonlea Care
Centre is located in a small crescent in a quiet residential area. We are a
Wheelchair accessible facility with elevator, ramps, showers and hydro-lift tub.
For further information please contact Crystal Frederiksen, Director of Care. Or
you may e-mail us at email@example.com. Or Check out our web page our is http://www.silk.net/avonlea
Thank you for time and consideration, we look forward to hearing from you.
Viki Solomon, RN, BA, BSN, CRRN, CCM
From: Viki Solomon
To: Multiple recipients of list TBI-SPRT
Subject: Professional New to Newsgroup
Date: 20 November 1996 11:48
Hello! I am a nurse, certified in rehabilitation and case management. For the
past year, after a long career at an insurance company, I have been an
independent consultant. My specialty and true passion is working with traumatic
brain injury survivors and families. I am usually hired by the survivor's
attorney to assist in life care planning for a legal case, or an insurance
provider for medical care coordination.
This year I have had the honor of being retained by the spouse of a survivor
who has been in a "coma" since an accident in May. With all my
experience, I was shocked to find that here in Florida, and indeed in the United
States, there are limited resources for those who are less than a 3 on the Los
I have also been shocked by the lack of support for aggressive rehabilitation
even by my peers. Most people have said give up! This family has utilized
alternative and traditional medicine, such as coma stimulation, real time neuro
EEG biofeedback, hyperbaric oxygen treatments, hypnotism, etc. I have seen
improvement along with the family. I have custom tailored a program since there
were none available. I am engaging Craig Hospital in Denver to review her
records to gain a more traditional approach, now that the 6 month mark has
passed. I know that survivors and families are the best source of up to date
information, and a way for me to learn what is really happening in brain injury
I would like to offer my expertise in helping, if at all possible an
additional way for you to gain information from my perspective and expertise. It
is a privilege to be included in this newsgroup. Thank you!
Viki Solomon & Associates, Inc.
5722 S. Flamingo Road
Phone 954-437-9825 or
954-430-5210 (fax phone)
Traumatic Brain Injury Update (Journal)
Traumatic Brain Injury Update was a quarterly newsletter intended to
provide rehabilitation professionals with timely information on the diagnosis
and treatment of individuals with brain injuries. It was published and funded by
the Department of Rehabilitation
Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine.
The Department of Rehabilitation Medicine has ceased
publishing its newsletter on brain injury rehabilitation.
This is the Homepage of
Dr. Paul Pietsch, PhD, and he has written some very user-friendly
descriptions of how the human brain thinks, remembers, and generally how it
works - to the best of our knowledge as of now. It isn't light reading, but it
is in a style that it layman-friendly, in as much as a highly technical subject
can be layman-friendly. Take a look at it, and see what you think - it might
give some very deep insights into why and what goes on inside our brains
FOR FAMILY MEMBERS.
Perhaps those in greatest need of information about brain
injury are those family members and loved ones of a brain injured person who is
in a trauma center. The doctors are not telling you much more than "we will
just have to wait and see." We have dedicated an entire section of this
page to providing you with the information about severe brain injury so often
needed in those first hours and days, while waiting for word.
There is also a law ofice in New Jersey which handles BI
cases. Go to
Stark&Stark for their page.
This web site
is intended to serve as a resource for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Spinal
Cord Injury (SCI) survivors, family members, health care providers, social
workers, and all other interested individuals whose lives and experiences are
affected by Traumatic Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury. The goal is to
provide you, the reader, with useful information about the incidence, causes and
consequences of TBI and SCI, new developments in diagnosis and treatment, a
glossary of TBI and SCI terms, medico-legal issues affecting survivors and their
families, and information about resources available to TBI/SCI survivors and
family members. Please take a moment to review the information in the following
pages, and let us know if there are features we can add that will make this site
more helpful to you or someone you know.
TBI Brainstem Damage
Brainstem damage carries it's
own specific problems, as it covers the communication of the brain to the rest
of the body; it is (theoretically and practically) possivble for a patient
to be totally OK - but seem to be in a vegetative state because (s)he can't
communicate, move, twitch..... etc.. !!
Further information on brainstem
damage can be seen on this site, too.
National Rehabilitation Centre for the Paralysed
This is a British Centre for those who
have lost muscle tone severely, from (it seems) whatever cause - spinal chord
injury, brain injury, etc.... the list is endless,
Thank you for calling.