Colleen was tired from the stress of the move and from seeing the family, so the fact she was confused was seen as normal. When the family was visiting she was able to talk with them and laugh but I could see that she was getting tired quickly.
Danielle and the family left, she wanted to go with them, and I stayed and tried to explain that Colleen needed to stay in the ward, to work on her rehabilitation. After all the moves and the stress her frustration with her situation started to show. Her memory had still not fully returned but enough of it had so she could remember bits and pieces.
Although she still did not realize that she was in Australia and that she had an Aneurysm Bleed, she knew she was not well. She also believed that she had been in the hospital only a couple of days and she felt/believed she was ready to go home.
Frustration and anger is part of the after effects of Acquired Brain Injury and Colleen was finally in a position to realize she was not in control. Frustration to me means that there is forward progress and that we are moving closer to full recovery.
Although Colleen so far, has not had all of the impacts she has had many of them, and the stress is stating to play on my nerves. I have to work hard at keeping a positive attitude when I am with her in the hospital.
Here are some of the other changes and consequences of brain injury. These are many and varied. The ones in bold are the ones that Colleen is/has experienced. The impact can result in the following changes: