March 1, 2021
This March, Be More Vigilant in Seeing Early Signs of TBI
The brain is one of the primary organs of the human body. It’s part of our body’s central nervous system. The brain is responsible for controlling our thoughts, movements of our arms and legs, and the functions of many organs of our body.
That’s why the effects are devastating when a person suffers from traumatic brain injury (TBI), which is a major cause of death and disability in the United States.
Brain injury is caused by a bump or a blow to the head that disrupts the functions of the brain. Such an injury affects millions of people in our country. In 2014 alone, TBI killed an average of 155 people a day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Falls are a leading cause of TBI, and older adults are at increased risk of suffering from accidental falls. Those who survive a TBI can face effects that can last for just a few days or the rest of their lives.
To underscore the importance of preventing TBI, the nation observes Brain Injury Awareness Month in March of each year. For more than three decades, the Brain Injury Association of America has led the nation in observing Brain Injury Awareness Month by conducting a public awareness campaign to bring attention to the prevention of TBI and to promote strategies to improve the quality of life for persons living with TBI and their families.
The Many Symptoms of Brain Injury
Caring for the brain entails becoming more vigilant in seeing early signs of brain injury. Concussions should not be taken mildly since they can lead to complications later on. Here are the symptoms that a person can experience when they suffer from a brain injury in different degrees of severity.
- Mild traumatic brain injury
Often referred to by doctors as concussions, mild traumatic brain injury produces physical symptoms that may include loss of consciousness for a few seconds to a few minutes, becoming dazed and disoriented, headaches, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, drowsiness, speech problems, inability to sleep, or sleeping too much, and loss of balance.
Those who suffer from a mild traumatic brain injury may also experience sensory problems such as blurred vision, ringing in the ears, a bad taste in their mouth, or hindrances to smell. They may also experience problems in concentration, mood changes, and bouts of depression.
- Moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries
Patients who are suffering from moderate to severe TBI may manifest the same symptoms as those with mild TBI. However, you have to be on the lookout for more severe manifestations such as loss of consciousness from several minutes to hours. If a patient complains of headaches that steadily worsen or if they complain of repeated nausea and vomiting, these also count as red flags that the situation is much more serious.
Those with severe TBI may also experience convulsions or seizures, dilation of one or both pupils of the eyes, clear fluids draining from the nose or ears, inability to wake from sleep, weaknesses or numbness in the fingers or toes, and a loss of coordination.
Patients also show mental symptoms such as profound confusion, agitation, combativeness and unusual behavior, and coma.
Patients who suffer from a severe traumatic brain injury can face a lifetime of physical or mental disability, which can affect how they go about their daily lives.
Reach Out to Vets Suffering from Brain Injuries
Based on data from the Department of Defense, more than 313,000 service members have been diagnosed with TBI from training or combat.
TBIs are closely linked to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which plagues thousands of veterans. Both TBI and PTSD result from a stressful or traumatic event. Both conditions manifest in mood swings, anger, depression, anxiety, and irritability. These prevent patients from functioning normally in society.
You can easily provide support to veterans suffering from TBI, PTSD, and other mental health disorders as well as those who are reeling from homelessness, joblessness, service-related disabilities, and other illnesses. All you have to do is to turn over any vehicle you no longer need to us at Veteran Car Donations. We’ll use your donation to improve the lives of the hurting veterans in your community.
We’ll have your vehicle auctioned off, with the proceeds used to support the life-enhancement programs of our charity partners. These IRS-certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations use the funding to provide their veteran beneficiaries with quality health care, financial aid, housing assistance, employment opportunities, family support, educational scholarships, psychotherapy services, and many other benefits.
The best reward you’ll get, however, is the priceless feeling of joy and satisfaction you’ll have for helping uplift the lives of our nation’s heroes.
We take almost all types of vehicles, including those that barely run anymore. Head over to this page to get a complete idea of what we usually accept as donations.
It’s Your Turn to Help Our Heroes
Our veterans continue to suffer from various challenges years after they have loyally served the country and risked their lives to protect the country. Donating your old car to ensure that they live healthy, decent, and productive lives is the best gift you can offer them in their time of need. Call Veteran Car Donations at 877-594-5822 or fill out our online donation form to show your support to them now!