Last April a young snowboarder crashed into me so hard that it caused me to fly through the air and bounce several times on my head on hard ice. He did not stop! Unfortunately, I sustained a bloody right eye and a concussion that was identified by CAT scan. An MRI also revealed a serious injury to my right knee.
In the Emergency Department, the doctor’s first question was, “Are you really 69?” While reviewing the results of the brain scan he wanted to know what I was doing to maintain such a healthy “tight” brain. He described how the brain halves begin to separate with age, allowing the tissue in the middle to become more fragile from lack of protection. The doctor also explained that tissue, when separated, is at increased risk for tearing and massive brain “bleeds.” He wanted to know what I was doing to keep my brain “exercised,” so I told him about you and your work, including your research, seminars I have attended, and educational books, DVDs, and CDs.
Your information and brain exercises really worked for my brain and probably saved my life. Thank you so much for providing me with tools to help me help my brain!
—Gini Cummings, RN, BS, PHN, OHN