Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Day 6

 A picture of a person you'd love to trade places with for a day

Well, it depends on what you mean.  If you mean, "Who would you like to trade roles with for a day?"  It's this guy right here:

But not because I think his life is so great.  I would only want to trade places with him so he could have a better understanding of what my day is like.

However, if you mean "Who would you want to trade places with in a Freaky Friday kinda way, where you assume the person's body as well as their life for a day?" I have a different answer.  And it's not one you would expect.  But I thought a really long time about it because I couldn't think of anyone I wanted to be.  And as I was sitting here talking to my parents about American Idol, I remembered there is always something I've wanted to know.  You see, there is a guy that tried out for American Idol who has a fiancee who was in a car accident and suffered a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury).  TBI's have always intrigued me because I wonder how much the person who has suffered one REALLY knows and understands.  The most awful thing I can think of, is to have lost all physical ability (even to the point of being able to swallow!) and yet be aware of EVERY thing going on around you.  Knowing who you are, knowing what has happened, and yet not being able to do anything about it - not being able to communicate what you think and feel. 

So, if I could trade places with someone for a day, it would be with someone with a TBI, because I really want to know.  And, that could change the way these people are treated and dealt with.  Imagine all the possibilities of fully being able to understand what an injured brain is capable of!  It would definitely be a life-changing experience (no pun intended!) that would be worth the sacrifice for a day!


  1. I totally get that and would have to agree! I've always thought that the medical community, while very educated and knowlegable, doesn't know everything, especially when it comes to injuries like this. Unless you've experienced it yourself you don't KNOW for sure what is possible. And even when they think something isn't possible, sometimes it happens. I understand, for example, the case of Terri Schiavo; her family of course wants to believe she's 'in there somewhere' and take certain signs as her attempts to communicate. Whereas the doctors and nurses who come across similar cases and from experience believe certain things are easily explained medically and don't indicate she's able to understand, process, and communicate. I see both sides. BUT, unless you're HER and can know for sure one way or the other, you just can't prove it. So I'd have to agree, trading with someone in that state would be quite educational and fascinating!

  2. I agree with both, id trade places with josh for a day but just so he could understand my day and appreciate what i do more, i dont think he does really and it really bothers me, i think it would great to be able to contribute to the medical community in that way, i think the brain is the biggest question mark for the medical community and if they knew more about it wow so much could be solved! anyways once again u r soo inspiring and awesome!