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Attorney Gordon S. Johnson, Jr.
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Michael is the story of a college student who suffered a severe brain injury in a head on collision. He suffered a skull fracture which left him with an initial GCS score of 3, the lowest possible score. The role of emotions in memory has been well documented. For Michael, humor appears to also play a role. He has an island of memory in his retroactive amnesia involving irony and his first post-traumatic memory is a joke. Michael’s recovery is complicated by premorbid learning disability and psychiatric conditions. He has had several extensive efforts to return to work, all which ultimately failed, for subtle reasons that did not directly correlate to what is a reasonably good cognitive recovery.

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The Michael blogs, begin here: http://tbilaw.com/tbivoices/michael-head-on-collision-leaves-college-student-in-coma/

Michael Table of Contents

Part One – Head On Collision Leaves College Student in Coma

Part Two – Severe Brain Injury and Skull Fractures Leave in GCS 3

Part Three – Memory Returns with Joke

Part Four – Who Michael Was Before TBI

Part Five – Recollections of Therapy for Severe Brain Injury

Part Six – Partial Paralysis Related to Severe TBI

Part Seven – Vision Problems Post Brain Injury

Part Eight – Petit Mal Seizures After Severe TBI

Part Nine – Dealing with Noise and Distractions After TBI

Part Ten – Hesitant Speech Post Brain Injury

Part Eleven – Dog Critical Companion for TBI Recovery

Part Twelve – TBI Moods Disrupted Relationships

Part Thirteen – Frustrations Set off TBI Temper

Part Fourteen – Return to College After Brain Injury

Part Fifteen – TBI Magnified Learning Disability

Part Sixteen – Kinetic Learning Helped Overcome TBI Deficits

Part Seventeen – Fatigue Escalates Attentional Issues

Part Eighteen – A Life with TBI Goes On Between Interviews

Part Nineteen – Waking up Tired After TBI

Part Twenty – Daily Routine After TBI

Part Twenty One – Mood Disorders Complicate Brain Injury

Part Twenty Two – Return to Work after TBI

Part Twenty Three – Mood Medication Interfered with Work

Part Twenty Four– Understanding Violent Outburst at Work After TBI

Part Twenty Five – Issues Following Script At Work After Brain Injury

Part Twenty Six – Petit Mal Seizures Created Problems with Census Bureau Job

Part Twenty Seven – Accommodating Procedural Brain Injury Deficits

Part Twenty Eight – Brain Injury Symptoms Interfered With Work

Part Twenty Nine – Work Attendance Problems Weren't Primary Problem

Part Thirty – Getting Along with Co-Workers a Brain Injury Challenge

Part Thirty One – Chronic Unemployment after TBI

Part Thirty Two – Disinhibition Makes Humor Potentially Offensive

Part Thirty Three – Time Management Challenges after Severe Brain Injury

Part Thirty Four – Medication Management for Psych Issues After TBI

Part Thirty Five – Ongoing Frontal Lobe Issues After Severe Brain Injury

Part Thirty Six – You Never Stop Learning the Recovery


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