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Getting back to work

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I was lucky enough to be hired about six weeks ago, but it’s been challenging for me to stay on top of things. Before my ski accident, I could (and would) do what I thought was needed for work, and I remember one time where a boss was really impressed with my work ethic and attitude. Now, I get to do the social media for a company that owns three travel-focused websites, and we work with bloggers from around the world. My main focus is TravelUpdate, and I do the Facebook, Twitter, and I started a Pinterest and Instagram account (that’s still in the works) for them.

However, things don’t come as naturally or easily for me now. I thought I knew everything about Pinterest, but I should have realized that, like Facebook, things change every week. I’m still learning how to make it best for our company, and I’m kind of frustrated that it takes more mental focus to get things done in the correct way at work. Social media thoughts don’t come as easily for me like they did before my brain injury, and rather be annoyed by that, I need to find ways to accept my limitations. I’m blessed that I have a boss who’s stuck by my side, even though I keep making these dumb little mistakes.

I guess that’s the takeaway from a brain injury. No, things are not as easy or simple as they used to be, and that has frustrated me. But rather than being depressed that things are not as good at work as they used to be, I’m fortunate that I’m still respected enough to get work done.

What are your thoughts? Have you overcame an obstacle at work- or in life? How did you rise above that?



I love good coffee, good bikes, and good people.

4 thoughts on “Getting back to work

  1. Hi Sally:
    I just read your message and had to reply right away. I definitely understand your frustration and the feelings of being behind, making “dumb” mistakes & wishing it was like it used to be. In current time, we need to step back a bit (even a few minutes) and notice how many changes have occurred since our injuries, how others who didn’t have injuries are still struggling with those rapid changes & timelines, and how many workers these days get overwhelmed and many quit.

    Your progress since your injury has been outstanding based on your determination, hard work, connection with family and friends, and constant positive energy, doing what it takes to achieve and move forward. Your supervisor must see those precious qualities in you, the person. Six months isn’t a long amount of time to progress quickly on a sharp curve of learning – for anyone.

    Acceptance is a tough part of recovery; I am still dealing with this myself.There are days I wonder if I’m kidding myself, if I’m trying too hard to achieve beyond what I can actually do, if I’ll ever get past the grief of losing the way life used to be. I’ve started working again in my profession now, and it’s both exciting and scary at the same time.Truthfully, as days/weeks/months go by those moments of frustration, doubt or grief don’t remain as long as they used to. It helps to take a short break (even a few minutes), walk outside, look at the sky or the mountains, and remember how lucky I am right now compared to less fortunate people. When others see us years after the injuries we look fine, happy & healthy, but they don’t see how we continue to deal with the emotional impact of the injuries – how we feel about ourselves.

    One of the most useful tools I learned from a psychologist was the difference between hope and faith. Hope is when we wish or want certain things/events/outcomes to happen; faith is when we trust something, some time, someone will be there for us and with us which results in progress within ourselves and how we live day to day. This has helped more than I can explain – it just works.So;
    breathe some deep breaths, observe yourself from outside and others around you, celebrate your incremental progress, make short/doable goals for work/time/organization improvements, and smile for the job you now have that utilizes the special gifts ans skills you still have which will grow over time. And keep faith.

    If sad, cry for a while then move on and smile. You are all those things that make a difference for others and this world in more ways than you will ever realize.

  2. Sally, What an honest and open reflection on your new job and your feelings. I know I can’t understand all that you are feeling, but I do know how frustrating the rapid changes in technology are! I suspect these challenges are similar to some of the physical challenges you faced earlier in your recovery; frustrating, challenging and ultimately worth the effort. Your new boss must recognize the same work ethic and attitude that you had before, that part of you has not changed! Remember that mistakes are ok and what we decide to do with the mistakes is the true testament of perseverance. Please give yourself permission to make mistakes and keep learning from them. You’ve got this, I know how you operate! PS-We
    will have good coffee and good people this weekend!

  3. Hi Sally,

    It’s great to hear from you and learn about your job at BoardingArea. It does sound challenging, but you are keeping a good attitude as well as reaching out through this blog for support and feedback. Being able to communicate how you are feeling and ask for help and support are true skills, and ones that you are mastering. As you know, I have suffered with depression from time-to-time and getting and keeping a job has been a challenge for me too. Recently I started working for a big hospital in the area….I’ve been working in food service, preparing meals for 25-30 patients, learning to operate all kinds of cooking machines (fryers, steamers, huge ovens)….none of which I have any experience with….so it’s been tough.

    What has helped me is reaching out to people who understand my specific disability, and getting help on how I can best handle myself in the work environment. It’s so helpful to talk with someone in person who understands what YOU are going through. People that have not experienced a TBI (or depression for me), or have not studied it, may not be able to give you the feedback you need. So I encourage you to reach out, find an awesome therapist and connect with a disabilities support group. Please talk with someone who specializes in helping people with TBI navigate the work environment and handle work place issues. You will get encouragement on what you are doing well, and suggestions on how best to go over the obstacles you are facing.

    I know our family is big on giving advice….which can be somewhat overwhelming. We all want the freedom to discover and learn in a way that best suits us individually. So take what you like of what I’ve said, and leave the rest. You know tons more about Pinterest, Facebook, tweeting, snapchatting, pinging….and the list goes on….than I do. Keep up the awesome work! Each day has surprises and gifts if we just notice them. Love, Aunt Caroline

  4. Hi Sally,
    It is great you have a job that you like and nice people to work with. You are going to make mistakes along the way. It’ is a new learning curve for you and you can’t compare yourself to the work you did before. You are working with a different set of skills now. Don’t be afraid to ask for help!!! I have to ask for help all the time for things I am confused about or forget. You are who you are right now – and that is a pretty terrific person who has more courage than anyone I know. Keep on trucking! Lindsay

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