“ Just because your struggling, does not mean you’re failing”
One of the hardest things to do as humans is to admit you need help. But after brain injury I find it really important to actually ask for and accept help. This is going to help you manage your fatigue and overwhelm and just make sure your still able to enjoy life.
On my recent flight to Goa I decided to use Special Assistance. Normally I like to feel independent and not admit that I can’t do what everyone else can. I know that with effort I can do it myself and last year when I travelled to Goa I chose not to use special assistance. But honestly it took so much stress out of travelling. Especially travelling alone. For me pulling my case off the conveyor with my weak side and vision loss is incredibly difficult. Everyone’s wheelie cases and even small children are huge tripping hazards with my blind spot. The airport experience leaves me drained and it takes a good few days for me to regain some energy back.
So even though I don’t like to do it. I had to admit defeat and use special assistance for this trip and I’m so glad I did. The amazing wonderful staff at the airports and on the airlines made my experience seamless and it meant the first few days of my trip were used to relax and enjoy my surroundings rather than sleep and recharge my depleted battery
This is just one example of asking for and accepting help. You are not a burden on people, do not feel like that. Most people are more than happy to help. I mean I’m sure when you offer people help you do it genuinely. Don’t struggle unnecessarily, life with brain injury is hard enough as it is.
A really useful aid that airports are now using is the sunflower lanyard.
Sunflower lanyards can be picked up in store at Sainsbury’s and are a great way to let staff in store know that you might just need a little extra time to pack your bags