DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor nor do I intend to play one on the internet. When attempting to answer the concussion, “what is a concussion?” the answers are many and high variable. Here are some definitions from respected sources: CDC: “A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI—caused by a bump, blow, […]Read more "How to explain your concussion to others with SCIENCE"
Dr. Johnny Delashaw is a neurosurgeon from up here in the Great Northwest. He was born in a small town in the southwest corner of the state of Washington, then began his journey all around the country, from California to Virginia to Florida, in order to pursue his passion of becoming a neurosurgeon. He has […]Read more "Episode 17- Dr. Johnny Delashaw"
Matthew Gosney is a former Navy Seal who was involved in (among other things) an explosion that shattered his jaw (also among other things) requiring that a surgeon put 6 titanium bolts into said jaw. Needless to say, this explosion resulted in a traumatic brain injury for Matthew. Upon returning to college after his deployment […]Read more "Episode 16- Matthew Gosney (PG)"
Andrew Marr is a retired Special Forces Green Beret, who retired after just under 10 years of service. Throughout these years, Andrew served as an explosives engineer. Needless to say he was exposed to intense explosions on a regular basis. Unfortunately, Andrew began experiencing concussion symptoms once he returned from combat. Thus, the onset of […]Read more "Episode 15 – Andrew Marr (PG-13)"
I am in traffic, my patient is in the back, quiet, possibly hungry, possibly incontinent, but sick of car rides. I round the corner down the hill from the hospital and am greeted by a coagulation of vehicles parked on the road. Briefly I think construction, next I think accident, then I look at the […]Read more "Make someone else’s day make your day by making their day better than your day initially was"
Colin is a homie that I met via the Brain Injury Support Group at Oregon State. He is an LA native who is currently studying business and agriculture at OSU during the school year. In the winter of his senior year of high school he crashed while snowboarding in Tahoe, breaking his collar bone and […]Read more "Episode 14 – Colin Hoffman"
Dr. Duffield is a Neuropsychology Fellow on the Sports Medicine Team at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, OR. Unlike the usual storytelling with a few tips and words of wisdom, this episode consists of the practical wisdom from Dr. Duffield’s’ years of schooling and clinical experience. We discuss his view on what a […]Read more "Episode 13- Dr. Ty Duffield PhD"
Inhale 2 3 4 5 Hold 2 3 4 5 Exhale 2 3 4 5 Hold 2 3 4 5 Repeat. Last year I started meditating on a regular basis. What type? I have no idea. I didn’t even Google it or a look at FAQ’s on Siddhartha’s fan page. I simply sat in silence […]Read more "Box Breathing for Stress"
I want to be transparent on this blog. I want you to read this and know that there is no façade or ulterior motives. This said, besides the initial acute symptoms of my accident and the 6-month period of rehab, I have experienced little to zero concussion symptoms. I didn’t realize this until meeting fellow […]Read more "Healthy Belly, Healthy Brain: How a modified keto diet eliminated my symptoms"
Matt is a beast of another kind. This guy has had 10 concussions. 10!! That is not a typo. I think it goes without saying, but he has acquired an absurd amount of resilience and wherewithal from these experiences. We all know how impactful a single concussion can be, but 10 is a whole other […]Read more "Episode 12 – Matt Rockhold"