This one's a bit off topic, however, its a topic that is very close and dear to me due to a recent incident in my life (this will explain my recent lack of activity and blog posting). Did you know that every 23 seconds a traumatic brain injury occurs, and in the next year, an average of 1.4 million Americans will sustain a traumatic brain injury? Hard to believe, however, believe me, all it takes is a second and you can experience a devastating injury that could change your life... I know.. that's exactly what happened to me in January! Luckily I'm recovering very well and am confident that I will experience a 100% recovery - this I should know by the end of the month. Without going into too many details, a seemingly harmless fall on some ice, a couple of weeks of headaches, and before I knew it, I was in ICU and undergoing surgery. I was lucky in that the problem was detected and repaired promptly, however, many people ignore the symptoms (like I did) and wait too long. Make sure you're aware of bumping your head and any follow-up symptoms that may result - simply put, I was blown away that this could have happened to me.
FYI, March has been designated as Brain Injury Awareness Month, a critical time when the Brain Injury Association of America and its partners strive to build public awareness and education by producing and distributing important education and prevention tools. Only by raising public awareness of the "silent epidemic" of brain injury will we begin to see a decrease in the alarming number of injuries sustained every year, an increase in the number of individuals practicing preventive behaviors while at work or play, and a change in the public's attitude toward individuals with brain injury. For more info see http://www.biausa.org/biam.htm