Jamie's Story & Introduction: Post #1

Tom Bazis

March 21, 2018

Post written my Jamie. She will be sharing her experience as a Float SNJ guest and the process of her healing. This is her first introductory piece.

I had a car accident on 2/9/18 where I suffered whiplash injuries as well as a concussion.  Since the accident, I have been seeing Dr. Devon Coughlin with Revolution Chiropractic Health Center three times per week.  He suggested a few days ago that I check into sensory deprivation flotation therapy, and recommended I contact Float SNJ.

As far as my concussion goes, I have been struggling with constant headaches from the time I wake up until I go to bed at night every day since the accident.  Only a handfull of times have I had a couple hours without a headache or a lessened headache, then it returns with the same intensity. I have had light sensitivity to the point that I have been wearing sunglasses most of the day (even inside at my work) except for in the evenings at home where I keep the apartment lights dimmed.  I also have had sound sensitivity, repeatedly reminding my daughter to talk quieter or turn down music/tv. I have had to step out of my church during the worship music because what is normally okay for me has been too loud for my head the last 3 weeks. Early on in the concussion I was very easily fatigued. The last few days that has gotten a bit better, though when my headache is really strong or I have just finished something that requires a lot of focus (like driving) I become easily tired.  Early on in the concussion I had a difficult time keeping my focus, taking a longer time to think and process information, often lost my train of thought, and had difficulty multi-tasking.

Thankfully that part has almost returned back to normal now with my focus only being a problem sometimes.  I have found myself easily irritable, frustrated, and emotional since the accident and concussion. That is slowly improving the last week or so.  Doing certain things also increases the headaches, especially things that require focus. Driving especially is hard on my head. I think this is because not only is my body moving and my brain having to focus and process all that it does to drive, but also all the objects around me are “moving” too perceptually.  I notice the same thing when I’m walking, though to a lesser extent than when driving.

I work as a sign language interpreter.  That has been challenging for me since the accident both with the mental processing as well as the visual aspects that have been impacted.  The mental processing part of interpreting is starting to get a little better the last few days, though the visual and headache impacts are still there.  Dr. Devon has me on light duty at work for the time being limiting my interpreting time before I need to take breaks. Also, I notice that being on computer screens, phone screen, etc intensifies the headaches.  I am also on screen restrictions right now as well to limit how long and how often I am on screens. I do notice that wearing sunglasses while working on the computer helps somewhat.

Finally, I have had to be careful how fast I move my head as the more quickly I turn the easier I am to get dizzy or have visual disturbances, plus it hurts my head.  Also, when I keep my eyes looking straight ahead and slight down in a “neutral” direction sometimes my headache will ease up. However, when I move my eyes up or to the sides then the headache gets worse.

I am eager to see how floating helps with all of these symptoms from my concussion.  I also am eager to have the floating work in conjunction with the chiropractic work that Dr. Devon is doing with my whiplash injuries (especially muscle and soft tissue injury) as well

Jamie's Experience: Post #2

Tom Bazis

March 30, 2018

Post written my Jamie. She will be sharing her experience as a Float SNJ guest and the process of her healing.

I had my first float on Friday, March 2nd.  It was a great experience! Kind of surreal feeling, and very beneficial physically and mentally.  While in the float, my headache and eye pain went away. The only time I noticed a headache was when I would catch myself thinking about other things besides focusing on my breathing.  In those moments the headache was start to come back (probably because my brain was trying to process information again), but once I stopped myself and got back to focusing on my breathing and relaxing, then it would go away.  Following the float, I was very relaxed, physically and mentally. Most of Friday evening, especially after driving home or doing something requiring mental energy or focus, I could sense the headache and pain was there, but it was much less than it usually had been.  I think the float on Friday, being off work for three days, my chiropractor adjustment Thursday night beforehand, and spending most of the weekend at home resting all set me up for a good few days.

I am so glad that I did not have to do much driving over the weekend and was not at work under the fluorescent lights for hours at a time for those 3 days. While I was not completely pain free all weekend, it was much better than it had been.  It was probably my best couple of days in the whole last 3 weeks since the accident. I was able to do some of my graduate school work while resting on Saturday and got caught up on some that I was behind in. Sunday, I went to church and grocery shopping.  Between the driving, noise, and visual stimulus, my head and eyes started to hurt again. Not as bad as before, but more than it had over the rest of the weekend. Yesterday (Monday) was very challenging again for me, as is today (Tuesday) so far. I really attribute that to having the hour-long drive into work and home and sitting 8-9 hours under the fluorescent lights with additional visual and auditory input than I had over the calmer more relaxed weekend.