If there is more than one person talking, I may seem uninterested in the conversation.
If we are talking and I tell you that I need to stop, I need to stop NOW! Know that not remembering does not mean that I don’t care.
And it is not because I’m avoiding the subject, it’s just that I need time to process our discussion and “take a break” from all the thinking. Please don’t be condescending or talk to me like I am a child.
Later I will be able to rejoin the conversation and really be present for the subject and for you. I’m not stupid, my brain is injured and it doesn’t work as well as it used to. If I seem “rigid,” needing to do tasks the same way all the time; it is because I am retraining my brain.
Cognition is a fragile function for a brain injury survivor. Pushing too hard usually leads to setbacks, sometimes to illness.
I get physical fatigue as well as a “brain fatigue.” It is very difficult and tiring for my brain to think, process, and organize. My stamina fluctuates, even though I may look good or “all better” on the outside.