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Don't Be Stoic; Talk to Your PT, OT, and Doctors

Don't Be Stoic; Talk to Your PT, OT, and Doctors

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Hey guys, it's Adam, and thinking back to when I first started therapy, there was definitely a point in time when interacting with my therapist, specifically my physical and occupational therapists, where I was kind of ready to progress and move on to the next level, and they purposefully slowed me down. They said, "No, no, no, you've got this." "Let's slow, let's take it easy, let's not strain ourselves." The point is that when you're communicating with your healthcare professionals, you're the only one who's truly going to know exactly where you are. So it's important to maintain an open line of communication. You need to feel comfortable telling them how you feel, telling them if something hurts or is strenuous, but also tell them if you feel comfortable doing something. Tell them that you are able to do this, and you'd like to try it on your own, and see what they have to say. That kind of back-and-forth relationship-- don't feel intimidated by them because they're a medical doctor or a psychiatrist or psychologist or something like that. Let them know your feelings so they can best--not only help you recover, but they're also going to get a better idea and be able to identify where you are at in your recovery, and that's going to help them provide the best health care to you. Try it, let me know how it works. Thanks.

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Adam talks about why it's important to keep an open line of communication with PTs, OTs, and other healthcare providers during TBI recovery. "You are the only one who knows exactly where you are. Tell them and they can care for you better."

 
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Hi, I’m Adam Anicich

I’m a former Army Sergeant, a Department of Veterans Affairs employee, a service-disabled vet, and someone with a brain injury. I’m here to share my story with you — along with some practical tips — and I hope that I can help you in your own journey of recovery.

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