Sudden Disability

Aug 14, 2014
Tagged with: Sudden Disability

Disabilities caused by an injury or sudden illness such as a stroke, an accident, or complications from surgery can be extremely difficult to endure. For example, pineal tumors are located deep within the brain and can cause a host of serious issues, including visual impairments, memory problems, and seizures. If the tumor grows large enough, it can even be life-threatening.

In many case, radiation can shrink the tumor to relieve the patient’s symptoms. However, when radiation is unsuccessful, or if the tumor is life-threatening, doctors may need to surgically remove the tumor. Although it can save the patient’s life, surgery to remove a pineal tumor does have some risks, though those can be mitigated with innovative procedures.

However, the latest surgical pineal tumor treatment is designed to be minimally invasive, greatly reduce the risk of tissue damage, and vastly improve the patient’s quality of life. For example, Dr. Shahinian of the Skull Base Institute developed the revolutionary and fully endoscopic “keyhole” procedure to treat pineal tumors.

Whether you opt for surgery or not, the following well-being tips still apply:

Give yourself time to process everything:It only takes moments for things to fall apart, but it can take much longer to come to terms with what has happened. Taking the time to process means learning about your new condition, not just the functionality you may have lost, but also the functionality you still have.

Focus on the now: You might feel the need to return to daily life as quickly as possible, focusing more on an uncertain future than the present moment. You might be worried about whether or not you can return to your job, how you are going to pay for your care, or if you will ever be able to enjoy your favorite activities. These are all valid concerns; but it’s important to focus on what is happening now, and to fully absorb what has happened. Focusing on the now can also help you reduce your stress levels, which can improve your recovery prospects.

Focus on your own care: It’s easy to worry about how your situation might affect your family and loved ones, especially if you are a head of the household. However, in the early days of your situation, your primary concern should be you. This is not about being selfish, it’s about taking the time to take care of yourself before you start worrying about everyone else.

Be optimistic: Being upbeat won’t return your physical state, but neither will wallowing in misery. This doesn’t mean that you should ignore your anger, pain, and frustration, or pretend that things are fine when they’re not. What it does mean is that it’s important to find positive things to lift you out of your depression and keep you going.

Seek help: You are not alone. In fact, the American Council of Life Insurers that one-third of Americans between the ages of 35 and 65 will have a disability. Joining a support group of people with similar issues gives you a place to voice your frustrations and concerns.

Support groups and private counselors can also give you the tools you need to cope with your situation, including stress-relief techniques like meditation and deep breathing exercises.

NCHPAD articles and database information:

http://www.nchpad.org/98/5689/Acquired~Brain~Injury

http://www.nchpad.org/120/931/Intellectual~Disabilities~~~Fitness

http://www.nchpad.org/899/5022/Fitness~Handout~For~Staff~and~Caregivers

http://www.horsesforhealing.org/Pages/default.aspx

 

Author: Chris Meloni



  • bobl07

    As difficult as it maybe to have a disability, it is always reassuring to have family, friends, and faith to help you endure.

  • Nicole

    Thanks Bob!!! You are absolutely Right…

  • Shelly Duell

    Out of curiosity, does anyone have knowledge on whether or not surgery on the pineal gland has any possible effects on one’s ability to dream? I know that the pineal gland produces chemicals that allow for us to dream, and it seems like an interesting subject to question whether or not surgery on the gland has any potential for altering one’s ability to dream or not.

  • Christopher

    Thanks Shelly for your feedback :)
    Yes, you are right Pineal Gland produces chemicals that allow us to dream, In fact, the pineal gland is the “third eye” of the brain, and is responsible for telling the brain when it is day or night.You just throw a nice subject because these are some serious complications caused by surgery, But I must tell you that Skull Base Institute has pioneered a different method: using tiny
    endoscopes to reach the tumor directly and excise it completely.
    Patients receive all the advantages of this revolutionary breakthrough
    in the field of brain surgery, such as no retraction or disruption of
    brain tissue, faster recovery time, less pain, less scarring and
    significantly reduced chance of complications. Nevertheless ,it’s depends on the fact that how much the tumor engulfs the part of the gland.

  • Shelly Duell

    It’s quite an interesting subject. Thank you for the information. The mind is such an interesting and complex place.

  • Christopher

    Your Welcome :)