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How to Spot the Emotional Stages of Recovery from a TBI

We all have different family situations, different jobs, different strengths, and different weaknesses. Despite all these differences, there are a number of very common emotional stages that people with a head injury go through. This is based upon my own experience treating patients, but many investigators note similar findings. Here are a view stages to spot when a loved one is recovering/suffering from a TBI.

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Confusion and Agitation

This can last minutes or it can last for months. In the hospital setting, this is very difficult for family members. Someone who is very meek and mild, for example, can be physically aggressive. They may punch the nurses, or swear and curse at family members. It’s very frightening for family members, and it feels like it is going to last forever. It may take a while, but people eventually come out of it.

Denial

The patient says, “There’s nothing wrong with me.” For example, they’re in a motor vehicle accident, they’re briefly seen in an emergency room, and they go home. Suddenly, they’re having difficulties. They’re forgetting things or burning food. Family members may say, “you seem different.” But the head-injured person says “No, there’s nothing wrong with me.

Anger and Depression

Denial is a very common problem, but eventually it breaks down. Head injury problems just don’t go away. The same problems happen over and over and over again. This leads to the next phase, in which the person has a limited awareness of the head injury, beginning what I call the depression/anger phase. When you realize you are different and can’t do things like you used to, you may become angry or depressed.

 

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How to Help Veterans with TBI

The holidays are coming and we have the ones we love on our minds more than ever. Veterans who have experienced TBI, including some who didn’t know they had a traumatic brain injury until later, talk about their experiences.

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Listen as they describe the signs and symptoms of TBI and its effects on their families. By reaching out for help, they were able to overcome these obstacles and live better lives. Check out this video that Make the Connection created –

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What Your Friends & Family Need to Know About Your TBI

Do you have a friend or a family member that has just been in an accident and is now suffering from a traumatic brain injury? Here are some key points about traumatic brain injury —

  • The effect of a TBI can vary depending on the severity of the injury and where it occurs
  • Around 1 in 3 injury-related deaths involve a TBI
  • Roughly 2% of Americans live with a TBI-related disability
  • The majority of TBIs are caused by falls
  • TBI symptoms may include confusion, persistent headaches and sleeping problems
  • If someone receives a head injury and experiences convulsions or slurred speech, they should seek urgent medical attention
  • A concussion is classed as a mild TBI
  • In America, TBI is the third most common injury to result from child abuse
  • Blood pressure can severely drop after a head injury.

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Mertes suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the accident. But she is more than a survivor. She has turned tragedy into triumph, helping others who have had their world shattered pick up the pieces.

Through Fulfill Your Destiny, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, Lt. Col. Mertes financially aids people in the Tampa Bay community whose careers have been altered by injury or unforeseen circumstances. Special consideration is given to those who have sustained a traumatic brain injury.

“Imagine if you could no longer do what you are trained and experienced to do today.  What if everything you have worked for educationally and professionally was gone in an instant? This is my story. Following my injury and treatment, it became apparent I could no longer perform the work required of a military officer with a Top Secret clearance.”


plaintiff-101-cover-audioGrab your copy of her Amazon Best Seller, Plaintiff 101, here!

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Over A Decade Has Passed Since Her Nearly Fatal Accident – A Look Into Karen Mertes’ Triumph Over Her TBI

Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Karen Mertes knows what it’s like to have your life suddenly altered. On Feb. 7, 2007, her life’s path was forever changed. Stationed at MacDill Air Force Base at the time, she was struck by a drunk driver who was traveling over 100 miles per hour on I-75. He had a blood alcohol level of .221, nearly three times the legal limit. During the crash, “I made a futile attempt to regain control of my vehicle as my car slid sideways down the interstate, with cars in the remaining lanes veering around my car to avoid hitting me. As my life hung in the balance, I made a bargain with God. I promised God that if I were blessed to live, I’d spend the rest of my life helping others. This promise was the genesis of my nonprofit Fulfill Your Destiny.”

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Mertes suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the accident. But she is more than a survivor. She has turned tragedy into triumph, helping others who have had their world shattered pick up the pieces.

Through Fulfill Your Destiny, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, Lt. Col. Mertes financially aids people in the Tampa Bay community whose careers have been altered by injury or unforeseen circumstances. Special consideration is given to those who have sustained a traumatic brain injury.

“Imagine if you could no longer do what you are trained and experienced to do today.  What if everything you have worked for educationally and professionally was gone in an instant? This is my story. Following my injury and treatment, it became apparent I could no longer perform the work required of a military officer with a Top Secret clearance.”


plaintiff-101-cover-audioGrab your copy of her Amazon Best Seller, Plaintiff 101, here!

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Karen Mertes will be at Richter Publishing Author Awards Tomorrow!

The  3rd Annual Author Award Ceremony & Book Gala Will be hosted on Thursday, October 20, 2016, from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM at Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant [4110 West Boy Scout Boulevard Tampa, FL 33607]

This event features published authors, including Karen Mertes, from the Tampa Bay area who are making a difference in the community with their books. The night will be filled with music, drinks, food, prize raffles, award ceremony and an opportunity to speak with each author personally and purchase their works.

Featured Authors:

  1. Mike Rivera & Craig Sidorowicz, “From Stand-Up Comedian to Stand-Up Teacher”
  2. Rev. Chad C. Fernald, “Living Wisdom: Principles for a Life Well Lived”
  3. Art Koch, “When Swing Was King!”
  4. Rita Lowman, “From the Farm to the Boardroom: Leadership Lessons”
  5. Karen A. Kelly, M.D., “Take a Breath”
  6. Brandon Rimes & Connor Anthony, “Become the MVP in Your Industry by Surfing the Radio Waves”
  7. Sven Boermeester, “Best of Tampa Bay”
  8. Melissa Tuttle Twomey, “Goodnight Tampa”
  9. John McKee,  “Nothing Happens Until the Meeting is Set”
  10. Karen Mertes, Lt Col (Ret), United States Air Force, “Plaintiff 101” Audiobook 
  11. Debbie Killebrew, “Finding My Way Back”
  12. Melissa Sweeny, D.B.A., “Love from Luke: Lessons Learned from a Rescued Dog”
  13. M. Rene Harris, “Flies in My Coffee”
  14. Luke Chichetto, Mobility RX Fitness

Schedule:

  • 5:30 Event Starts – Bridgette Simmonds “The Go Coach!” MC
  • 6:30 Short Speech by Tara, President of Richter Publishing
  • 6:35-6:45 Comedian Appearance by Mike Rivera
  • 7:45 Awards Announced
  • 8:15 Raffle
  • 8:30 Party Ends

Attire: Business/cocktail attire

Award Categories:

  • Most Inspirational Story
  • Best Self-Help Book
  • Funniest Book
  • Amazon Best Seller (The book that ranked the highest in Amazon.)  
  • Best Business Book
  • Best Cover
  • Best Overall Book for 2016

Ticket price includes: Entrance to the event, bottomless wine & endless appetizers!  Early bird tickets will end one week prior to the event date. Regular ticket prices will be sold the last week. Day of the event ticket sales will at the door with cash or credit card. Click here for your ticket!

Sponsorship Spots: We have packages available to you at all different price ranges. Check out our rate card here or call for details at 727-940-7647. RICHTER Publishing-RateCard

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Plaintiff 101 Wins #1 Best Seller & #1 Hot New Release at 2nd Annual Author Award Ceremony!

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We are proud to announce that we WON the #1 Amazon Best Seller & #1 Hot New Release award at Richter Publishing’s 2nd Annual Tampa Bay Author Award Ceremony & Book Gala! This event recognizes published authors from the Tampa Bay area who are making a difference in the community with their books.

We would like to express our sincerest gratitude to our family and friends for sharing in our happiness and honor last night. We would also like to acknowledge the rest of our supporters for making this achievement possible!

As always, we are grateful for your generous support, and appreciate your enthusiasm for justice!

Who Can Benefit from Plaintiff 101?

PLAINTIFF 101 can serve a variety of uses beneficial to anyone

  • Defense attorneys can settle cases much sooner, saving them both time and money.
  • Plaintiff attorneys can save several hours by providing copies as a teaching tool to all their clients.
  • Chiropractors, massage therapists, and other practitioners now have a resource when their clients say, “I’ve been been in an accident. What do I do now?”

And many more!

For those who are interested in owning Amazon’s Best Seller, “Plaintiff 101” as a valuable resource:

Click here to >>ORDER<< your copy TODAY!

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My Book will be Featured at Tampa’s Author Award Ceremony!

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My new book, “Plaintiff 101″ will be featured at Richter Publishing’s 2nd Annual Author Award Ceremony & Book Gala on October 15th, 2015! I would love for you and your family/ friends to come out and support me at this great event and mingle with other local authors in the Tampa Bay area. I will also be up for an award!  RSVP HERE It will also be available for purchase on Sept 15th 2015 on Amazon for a discounted price of $14.95 for one day only!!!

This event recognizes published authors from the Tampa Bay area who are making a difference in the community with their books. The night will be filled with music, drinks, food, prize raffles, award ceremony and an opportunity to speak with each author personally and purchase their works.

Thursday, October 15, 2015 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM 

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant
4110 West Boy Scout Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33607

Other authors to be featured at the event will be:

  • The Kyes Family, Action Coach Franchisee, “OMG! What’s the Focus”
  • Karen Mertes, Fulfill Your Destiny Non-Profit, “Plaintiff 101”
  • Jeffrey White, AFPA Certified Personal Trainer, “The 3 Pillars of Strength”
  • Gen Dobson, Degrees of Success, “Failing Successfully” & “Manage Your Student Loan Debt”
  • Pierce Brunson, FireFly Event Photography, “Learning Curve” “Rock the Crowd” & “Work Ethic”
  • Uhuru Smith, MD & Dr. Tracy Smith, “IV Hydration Wellness”
  • Dr. Melissa Bailey, “Pink Hell”
  • Miroslava Espinosa, NPC figure competitor & fitness/bikini model, “The Little Amazonian”
  • Tara Richter, “The Dating Jungle Series” & “How to Write a Book in 4 Weeks Series”
  • Arielle Giordano, “Dancing with your Story from the Inside Out.”
  • Dr. Stacey Robinson, “Fuel, Move, Relax”
  • Sarouep Im, “How I Survived the Killing Fields”
  • Karen Gillman, “It’s Never too Late: A Ten-Year Journey With Weight Loss Surgery”

Award categories are: 

Best Title – Most Inspirational Story – Best Self-Help Book – Amazon Best Seller – Amazon Hot New Release – Best Cover – Best Overall Book – Reader’s Choice Award

Schedule: 5:30 Event Starts

6:00 Poetry Slam by Poet Marques

6:45 Surprise Comedian Appearance

7:30 Awards Announced

8:00 Raffle

Magic performed throughout the night by Dewayne Hill!

Attire: Business casual / cocktail

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