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Time...

... or the lack thereof.  I really don't have a lot of it but I just wanted to let all ya'll know that I am alive and doin well.
I'm swamped with homework, tryin to work on my website (ibttbi.com), and church stuff.  Oh, and I'm working on starting a TBI foundation so any feedback, ideas, input, etc. would be MUCH appreciated!  
Thanks for being patient and understanding.

School

Holy Sasquatch!!!
Big, hairy, smelly, sasquatch!  On May 6th I started summer semester at UVU (Utah Valley University)!  I'm loving it!  My professors are all amazing and understanding of my disabilities and kind of cater to me.  I feel very much like Harry here.  It makes me uncomfortable that so much of what we do is based around me.  
But it's also a nice thing because...
I've had to literally scratch, fight, and claw my way back into things.  After taking a year break from life, it was tough trying to get back into the swing of things.  It took about a 3 days to adjust.  
It's been interesting watching people walk down the hall, look at me, then adjust their course trying not to make it obvious.  But it IS obvious.  I hope I didn't do that to others who are disabled, before my accident.  But there is good in everyone and I've learned to accept more help from others.  It's been humbling.
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FREEDOM!!

I haven't posted anything for awhile now so it's bout time I did. I feel somewhat like MJ (Micheal Jordan) when he re-entered basketball after trying his darndest to play a real man's sport... baseball! jk But I do feel strangely disconnected from a select few gentes.

Many of you know the importance of good health insurance. But the "hunt" for a good plan can lead to and in some cases, cause the "pre-existing conditions" they so adamantly turn down when covering new clients. The heart is a very fragile organ and said "hunt" can cause high b.p., cardiac arrest, and even aneurysms in the mente.

That said, I was very, very fortunate to have good health insurance before I decided to bash my head into the ground. I had studied about the differing coverages and felt I had a good grasp on what each plan consisted of and how it would affect my premium. I actually chose my own plan! The only problem lay too far down the road to see it coming... …

School + Driving + Job = INDEPENDENCE!

I've received a few phone calls about my last blog being a "Novel" and putting those people to sleep. Well I've got news for you people... DEAL WITH IT! CAUSE I'M NOT GONNA CHANGE. LOL. It literally takes me forever to write an entry so I don't wanna hear any whining on your end about it being hard... I still love you though! :-)

SCHOOL
I've had an AMAZING week. Well the last 2 really. I got back into school. Per Dr.'s orders I'm to try one class online then evaluate how that went and go from there. It's Psychology 1010 and the class is through (UEC- Utah eLearning Connection) Snow college. So far I've absolutely, 100%, been thrilled. My professor is a kind, witty, sarcastic individual which keeps me on my toes because as many of you know, with TBI, it's EXTREMELY difficult to understand sarcasm. Much to the dismay of many people I'm close to. So it's an interesting way to "practice" or "work on" getting it.

DR…

Of all the trials I've ever faced, this one is by far "The Toughest".

I don't want it to sound like I'm whining or feeling sorry for myself by the title of this, 'cuz in no way was that my intention. I'm actually just fine with this trial. I only wish to bring to light some of the hardships that are attached to a TBI.

Let's begin by sharing a talk I gave in sacrament meeting on Nov. 23rd, 5 months after I was released from IMC Hospital in Murray.

BLESSINGS & GRATITUDE for them
2 weeks ago in Sunday school, Bishop Hill asked if I would speak today on BLESSINGS and GRATITUDE for them. Naturally I agreed to it without giving it much thought. Upon returning home and having more time to think about what I’d just agreed to, I got kinda mad! It is seriously a pretty general topic and due to the TBI (traumatic brain injury) that I have, narrowing things down is one of my weaknesses. I finally calmed down and decided to stick with what I’ve always said:

TALKS ARE MORE FOR THE PERSON GIVING IT, THAN THOSE RECEIVING IT.

It is more true now than …

Let's Start at the Beginning...

2007 was one of the most memorable years of my life. I moved into a condo with one of my mission buddies. Shortly after that one of my best friends, Josh Featherstone, moved in and we had sooo much fun. In May, Josh and I made an agreement that if he'd come to my mission, I'd go to his. In June we bought plane tickets to Tonga! We started making preparations for it. We were going for 3 reasons: 1- to be present for the temple re-dedication, 2- to have a fun vacation that allowed Josh to go back to his mission, and 3- to serve the people by raising $, clothing, candy, crafts, and other things. We asked our ward to pitch in and donate anything they could so we could take it with us. We raised some $, lots of clothes, and candy. We had so much stuff that we couldn't fit everything in our bags so we decided to the same thing in Tijuana, my mission. That way we could fulfill our pact. We planned the trip to Tijuana for march '08 over spring break. Josh started teaching me b…