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Where is your information coming from?

This goes for brain injury, corono Virus, parenting, research, when your sick and want more info, travel and more. Is what you are looking at and basing your decisions off of from a credible source? Or did you see it on the news, an ad or hear it from some person?

Being a certified health educator, a big part of my training was being able to determine what research, what educational materials and what I am looking for to educate patients and others was from a credible source and also backed by research. I have seen this first hand with family members and people who love the news and believe everything they see. As well as with people who truly believe what they think or heard is how it is and real. Not based by anything that had credibility, but based off opinions and bias. I am seeing this SO much in the brain injury community, and seeing it even more with the new CoronaVirus outbreak. I have been told my son should not go to school because there was a confirmed case at his school, I was also told we should not be traveling next week due to the virus…been told by people watching the news and buying into the fear crap that is being spread around.

I have email updates to my email from the CDC and Oregon Health Authority because those are two credible sources I like to get my information from. I don’t watch the news. I mean I did turn on the TV and found out politicians at this point can save you from the CoronaVirus. 🤦🏼‍♀️

I have checked our travel destination and will continue to do so. Airlines are taking this seriously, this is affecting the travel industry. Because people are buying what people are selling and saying. There are no confined cases where we are going. But I was just at my sons school and there was a confirmed case there. I also work in a hospital. So should I stay home, stock up on toilet paper and not leave my house while this virus is around?

I have noticed in the Instagram world, everyone is a coach! This is my blog so I will post my soap box. I find it fascinating how many health coaches there are. What qualifies you to be a coach? What online course did you pay thousands of dollars to attend to be a certified health coach? My question is always what are your true qualifications to coach and navigate someone in whatever you are selling? Key word: selling! I guess if you get enough people to sign up and a big enough following on Instagram then you look credible to people just scrolling and searching for whatever you are selling especially if it’s something they need help with. But think about what qualifies someone to do something and someone you are investing your money in. Some do have legit experience and qualifications, some do not. Sure experience dealing and living with a brain injury is a great qualification, but what if much of who you partner with, refer to and believe in is not something that has a lot of evidence basis? But would you know that? Anyone can claim to be a health coach and help with nutrition, but be careful here. When looking for stuff like this, it is important to find someone who is actually a registered dietician, RD. They have had years of training in nutrition.

This has come up a lot in the Traumatic Brain Injury field I am noticing. And yes I paid $100 for one course that was 6 weeks long, 1 hour each time. The person has a mild Traumatic Brain Injury, large following, so why not learn how to advocate for myself and more. But honestly it was a waste of money. I didn’t learn anything new. But lesson learned, normally I would have know better but I will use the excuse of brain injury on this one! I know how to advocate for myself and others. I know the healthcare system, insurance and resources well. I am a traumatic brain survivor who thought this person and course was legit and would help me. I didn’t do my research enough. It was not worth the money, at least not for me. Maybe for some, but definitely not for me with where I am at. I am already advocating for myself, for others, assisting others in finding resources in their area. I am finding lots of resources, I am working, I am finding opportunities in my community for opportunities and have connected with lots of people and also helped connect others to brain injury resources both in my community and outside my community. It baffles me that people will pay people to be their brain injury specialist, yet that specialist doesn’t know where the resources are or how to find them. I have been able to connect people to resources, navigate their insurance and more. I know these are all legit, I am lucky to have found them and it took me advocating for myself to get into some of them. I’m not doing it for a fee or a charge, I am not considering myself a TBI specialist or coach. I am Jessy, a brain injury survivor who has 14 years of experience in the medical field in ER, Care Management and discharge planning, as a health educator, patient navigator for Medicaid and all around have a lot of knowledge and good resources and if I don’t have them, I can find them and credible ones. I do this because it is truly my passion, I don’t need to start a business doing this. I am doing this for community, out of the kindness of my heart and to help others in something that has been difficult myself despite having a great background, experience and knowledge and I don’t expect anything in return. Yes I hope to make a career out of this and doing this someday, who knows maybe one of the places I work with or one of my providers will see all I do and my skill and create a position for me. But right now, where I am and what I deal with personally in my own recovery, there is no way I can extend myself more than I already do.

I just want to urge you to make the best decisions and choices for you. I want you to be aware of where you are getting your information and to really think about credible information. The right information. And if you ever need help in doing this, I am always here to help. Just because I know how hard it is to navigate the healthcare system and thankfully this knowledge has helped me so much through my recovery and I am always here to help others. Just to help. Educate. Inform. Really be aware of what people are selling too. The course I took was very much promoting providers who are not yet evidenced based. Make the best decisions for you and your family. Don’t buy in to the fear of media and the hype. This epidemic is real. Some of us are at serious risk. Take care of each other, practice your social distancing and check on those you know who may be at a higher risk of getting a virus like this. Have compassion.

Some credible sites, this is not an extensive list but you get the idea. Anything .com is not guaranteed credible. I mean look this blog is a .com and I could be claiming to be a TBI Coach and ask for payment for my services. But I’m not. I am a certified health educator through NCHES. This took years of college, verified experience and a national exam and continuing education each year.

And I am not discrediting people with serious immunocompromised health factors. I am plainly stating how I feel and how people are coming at me with inaccurate information thanks to the news.

And please people, wash your hands, stay home if you are sick, cover your coughs. Look up your public health agency for your state, county and city you are in for disease and health related info in your area.

Update: we have canceled our trip. My best friend who is a doctor strongly encouraged it and I asked my doctor who also strongly encouraged it. Two people who know their facts and I respect it and we have taken it into consideration and will go another time. For our week of vacation we will go hide out at the beach house:) I didn’t think about less than 2 years ago I had respiratory failure, had a machine breathing for me and was unable to breath on my own. To top that, I have asthma anyway. So technically I am in the high risk category. But it’s don’t remember all that and think about it but glad I have some caring people in my life who worry about me and educate me.

Corono up to date info from CDC that I follow daily for our upcoming trip and accurate info:

By jessymunch826

I am a TBI Survivor and woman who has been through a lot of good and bad. My goal by this blog is to share what I have learned and how life has happened for me and not to me. I have found purpose in it all and am here to share it. I am also sober and quitting drinking was the best choice for me. I will post about TBI, Brain Injury, life, travel, lessons learned and more. I am not a doctor or a nurse, I am a traumatic brain injury survivor who has lived 40 years of life and have an amazing mindset from it all. None of this is medical advice, that is what your doctor is for or 911 if you are having an true emergency and need help right away. I am here for community and to share all I have learned, you never know who it will help. Click on the white title of the blog post to read, just saying in case you might be confused like I am with all this 🤣

3 replies on “Where is your information coming from?”

Thank you for your thoughtful post. As a trained librarian who has a couple of Masters degrees, I appreciate it when people are deliberate about research. Because as you were hinting at, during something like the spread of the CoronaVirus there’s something we need to be just as careful (as germs) not to spread: misinformation! My family and were going to Maui in 2 weeks. We are postponing the trip.

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My post on Saturday will have more info about why we aren’t going and how we decided that. And it wasn’t from my moms worry from the news, appreciate her concern but I also appreciate legit facts and credible sources:)

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