The source of Passion

Disclaimer: This will be a post for motivation in terms of what I feel may be something someone undergoing a TBI would be interested in hearing. It may or may not be of any help or consolation. If anything, it is a tool of self-empowerment.

When it comes to making unimaginable things happen it takes a combination of things. One of the ingredients is faith; whether that be in yourself, a higher power, the scientific community or in the healing power of time. Secondly, one will need passion. To make it through even the most impossible and seemingly hopeless of times.

It must be understood that there doesn’t have to be one source of passion. Just as a car is able to use several different forms of fuel, so can the spirit of a human use several different sources of fuel to reignite their passion.  Even if the cause of someone’s adversity is different or even the adverse event itself is, the way that a person deals with the adversity can be something everyone can learn from.

The uniting factor that allows us all to learn from each other, regardless of the difference of circumstances, is the fact we are all human. Regardless of the situation, the way one person helps themselves out of an adverse situation may help you to understand how you could help yourself out of your own adverse situation. All of us humans can learn from one another.

The techniques of self-motivation used for an Olympic swimmer to push past their hardest days can certainly be of help to a TBI survivor working to push past some of their own hardest days.

Remember to draw your inspiration and passion from different places. Inspiration and learning opportunities can come in the most unexpected shapes and forms. Keep an open mind.

 

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Findings that Show there ARE Common Symptoms Within Lightning Strike Survivors.

When people think of the brain-altering effects of things like electric shock therapy they don’t seem to transfer the idea that electricity can alter brains, to the people who have been struck by a much stronger form of electricity–lightning. Well, it should be understood that being struck by lightning can definitely affect the way a body AND mind functions.

This study highlights that yes, being struck by lightning CAN affect the way your brain works as well as your body. The ten most common symptoms of lightning injury patients were sleep disturbance, memory deficit, attention deficit, dizziness, being easily fatigued, numbness, paresthesias, photophobia, irritability, and stiff joints.

There were a number of other symptoms that were shown to be quite prevalent and common in lightning strike survivors. Some of these I myself have experienced; Including memory deficits, attention deficits, depression, and intense aphasia (loss of ability to easily recollect words).

It must be noted that ONLY 4% of those included in the studies left the experience of being struck with lightning without resulting symptoms. That means the majority of people that were struck by lighting walked away from the experience with lasting effects. (Sadly there were no superpowers reported)

The brain is a very sensitive thing, We see what lightning does to trees across stormed on landscapes. The few trees of which have been struck often result as charred remains. Why wouldn’t something with the force to set a fire, or destroy a tree, affect an object of soft tissue like the brain?

It should be recognized that symptoms resulting from being struck by lightning are a documented and real thing. So if anyone reading this post has experienced anything odd after lightning, know you aren’t alone.

 

Study link: https://lightninginjury.lab.uic.edu/psycho.html

 

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Introduction: Background and Mission

To whoever may be reading my blog: I hope I can be helpful in your understanding of the experience a lightning strike survivor may have. I myself am a lightning strike survivor and have been living with the symptoms of being struck for over 3 years now. I am creating this blog to document my journey on my search for answers regarding the post-strike symptomatic phenomenon and to share it with others.

I am mainly creating this blog to gather up tips, helpful information, supporting studies, and new found research to contribute to the hunt for answers any other survivors may be searching for. I am not sure if I looked in the wrong places after being struck by lightning, but I was unable to find much of any information on lightning strike survivors and or what helped them navigate daily life.

To be frank, the most important mission of all is to try my utmost to inspire a new found sense of hope in others, and consequently in myself.

People often say that being struck by lightning is 1 in a million. I am not certain on the accuracy of that common statement. Yet I know that this is a large part of why the survivors of lightning strikes do not have many options in treatment. That and or much exposure.

When I first went into my general practitioners’ office about being struck by lightning and the effects I was experiencing I was told not to worry about the symptoms I was complaining of. My GP had past experience as an electrician of which had been electrified a few times in his day and claimed being shocked by electricity didn’t affect him at all. This was at the core of what lead him to tell me there wasn’t anything wrong with me. This created a horrible sense of self-doubt and a bleak outlook for my future. At the time, I blamed my GP for not doing more research or being more knowledgeable on the subject. That was until I realized how uncommon my kind of case was and how little research has been done on lightning strike survivors in general. I would like to change that.

If I can, I would like to rally the troops of lightning survivor victims to share their experiences, gains, tricks and or struggles. Whether that may be discovered relative new studies, helpful strategies, personal accounts of cognitive deficits, memory problems, emotional difficulties, physical impairments and or whatever it may be that has affected each individual. This website is a tool for the survivors of lightning strikes and or the families/friends of the victims.

If there is a will, there is a way.

I hope if anything I can provide some sort of solace in my fellow lightning strike survivors and their family or friends with the knowledge that they aren’t alone and the fight for progress is not bleak; it’s striking.

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