Over My Head: A Doctor's Own Story of Head Injury from the Inside Looking Out

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Andrews McMeel Publishing, Jan 1, 2009 - Humor - 256 pages
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Locked inside a brain-injured head looking out at a challenging world is the premise of this extraordinary autobiography. Over My Head is an inspiring story of how one woman comes to terms with the loss of her identity and the courageous steps (and hilarious missteps) she takes while learning to rebuild her life. The author, a 45-year-old doctor and clinical professor of medicine, describes the aftermath of a brain injury eleven years ago which stripped her of her beloved profession. For years she was deprived of her intellectual companionship and the ability to handle the simplest undertakings like shopping for groceries or sorting the mail. Her progression from confusion, dysfunction, and alienation to a full, happy life is told with restraint, great style, and considerable humor.

 

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User Review  - Dawn94 - LibraryThing

I found this memoir written by a brain-injured doctor to be very moving. She did an excellent job of describing her life before, then after, being hit by a vehicle while riding a bike. It was ... Read full review

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User Review  - dickiedeath1 - Overstock.com

I had a TBI 5 years ago. During Rehabilitation at NYU Rusk my Speech Pathologist introduced me to this book. Over My Head reaches deep into my life with much help and awareness that I and family need. Read full review

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Contents

March 81989 NEW YORK
1
Friday July 81988 DETROIT
7
Monday July 11 1988
14
Twist of Lemon
18
Monday Night
21
Not Adding Up the Score
27
Who Is This in Here with Me?
35
What If I Need Them and They Wont Take Me?
40
Meltdown
108
The Collapse of My Dreams
116
Waking Up Is Hard to Do
122
Recycled Brains
130
What I Did on My Summer Vacation
138
Im Out of Sorts Please Send Sorts
150
Getting Better
161
Turning Leaves
173

March 8 1989 New York Id Rather Have a Root Canal
47
Mopping Up a Flood
57
There Goes the Neighborhood
64
Dropkick Me Joanie
73
In the Same Boat
84
Dont Charge the Battery Fix the Generator
92
Halfway Home
99
Not as I Wish but as I Am
184
Moving On
195
Occupational Trials
204
Living in the Real World
216
March 201997 GROSS POINTE
229
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About the author (2009)

Until her injury in July 1988, Claudia L. Osborn taught and practiced internal medicine in a busy inner-city Detroit hospital. A graduate of Vassar College and Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, she is currently an Associate Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine at MSU, and makes her home in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.

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