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Hi all. This is my first post as I have only just learnt of Headway.

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My mum sustained a TBI 6 weeks ago follwoing an RTA. She is recovering slowly but me and dad are struggling with the caring side of things. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Mum is due to have a neuro rehabilitation assesment next week so hopefully that will help put our minds at rest a little.

Thanks for reading

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Hi Cheryl

welcome aboard. Sorry to hear of your mum's TBI.

My advice would be try and get as much support as you can. Your mum needs it and so do you and your dad. Make sure you take care of yourselves, if you burn out it will be even harder for your mum.

Headway is a fantastic organisation. They have a help line, with experienced advisers, and leaflets on virtually everything you may need to know.

They can also help with referrals too, OT etc.

Good luck and best wishes to you all


Nice to meet you. Settle in and feel free to ask us all anything you like. We've all been where you are right now and we're all quite friendly. I think :)


Hi Cheryl

Sorry to hear about your Mum. It must be tough (being on the "other side" of it all). You are right, recovery is slow. I'm 8 mths down the line and I think I've only just accepted it all..

Remember, we are here to lend a friendly ear, or give tips on making things easier.. We are a friendly bunch :)

Send best wishes to your mum!

Emma x

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Matt2584 in reply to Broken_Doll

Apart from me. I'm not friendly at all.

I'm probably the most grouchiest person on here :).

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cat3 in reply to Matt2584

Matt's a big-old-softie actually. :-/

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Matt2584 in reply to cat3

You just ruined it now, Cat :).

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sporan in reply to Matt2584

No! Your cruel and heartless Matt! Giving us all headaches trying to solve your puzzles.

Hi cherylroberts,

Think some earlier advice is good, make sure you stay fit and well otherwise you won't be able to support and help your Mum properly. It is often forgotten that carerers often need support themselves.

If your Mum agrees and your Dad or you are able to be present at Mums consultations or assesments (or part of assessment) then I hope, like my wife, you will get a better understanding of exactly what your Mums needs are and that a lot of what you, your Mum and Dad are feeling is normal.

Heres truely hoping your Mums progress remains steady and positive.

Wishing you the best


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Have you told your GP/ Hospital consultant that you are struggling - there is help out there if you ask

The Headway Helpline is brilliant they will also guide you in the right direction

Good Luck

Your mum is in the early stages, so the main requisite is patience. If you'd care to phone the Headway helpline (free) you can get good professional advice and helpful leaflets to help you through this unfamiliar stage of recovery for your mum.

The no. is 0808 800 2244 and you can call Mon-Fri 9am-5pm.

As others have said, this is a great place for chatting about whatever's on your mind. I hope you'll soon see some improvement in your mum but don't be downhearted by slow progress ; it's the nature of recovery in any brain injury.

Best wishes Cheryl. Regards Cat x

See if there is a Headway nearby, and go to the Support Group. They will tell you the necessary advice for handling your mum once she's home! It's so important!

Hi I Cheryl

Hello and welcome . Can not add really any more than others have said, but yes grab, seek all support you can. Hope neuro rehab appt fares well. Take care .

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