Welcome to the NeuroTalk Communities!
You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!
I am not normally a tv watcher, but I noticed that Celebrity Apprentice was on the other evening. Gary Busey was leading a eam of men, his charity was for brain injury.
Gary explained that he'd had a TBI back in the late 90's.
His processing speed is definitely slower than everyone else on the show, and I could certainly see how frustrated the others in his group were with him. While the celebrities know that Gary has had a brain injury, they weren't real sympathetic.
Instead, the celebrities got very frustrated with Gary. And Gary got frustrated with them. He felt as though he was emotionally alone.
That is like every one of us who have had TBI's. I just feel so bad for Gary! And it bothers me that others are laughing frustrated with Gary's difficulty processing multiple areas.
Why is it okay for general society to make fun of those of us who are struggling to process information? It isn't okay. It isn't funny. It is sad to see this on tv, rather than just in my everyday life! The celebrities are supposed to be competing to supporting charities that they believe in.
Am I being overly-emotional about this? It just feels SO sad to me!
I didn't see the episode, nor do I watch the show anymore. I lost respect for Donald Trump after he threw the last Celebrity Apprentice to an undeserving candidate. God that angered me.
Anyways, i've seen a few clips of Gary. I think he's hilarious. I had no idea he suffered from a TBI. Doing a little research I found this:
"On December 4, 1988, Busey was severely injured in a motorcycle accident in which he was not wearing a helmet. His skull was fractured, and doctors feared he suffered permanent brain damage."
That explains why he seemed so out of it to me. That is very unfortunate. Knowing how a TBI can affect you and seeing someone made fun of for it would anger me too.
Just do what I do. Don't watch.
Thanks blackzest for responding. I wasn't real clear on when his TBI occurred. I do remember that Gary Busey was a drinker and cocaine user before the accident. Hopefully, he's left that part in the past too!
I've always been adament about wearing helmets to protect your head, and have personally known many who didn't ~ and sufferred the consequences. Very sad possibility. Especially in current times, drivers are often oblivious of others. Not safe at all.
I'll go back to my nature shows ~ that's relaxing to me. No more of this "reality" stuff for me!
Just remember, a helmet is not a license to take risks. They reduce some injuries but not others. It is very easy to get a concussion while wearing a helmet. The total G forces are reduced by only a small amount is a high speed impact. They do best at reducing skull fractures.
I know someone who hit another motorcyclist head on. He was wearing a full face motocross helmet. He broke the helmet on the oncoming motorcyclist's helmet. The oncoming motorcyclist died at the scene and Victor suffered a concussion and broke his upper jaw bone (maxila) and the orbit of his eye.
Gary Busey's brain injury was most likely made much worse by his prior alcohol and cocaine abuse. It reduces the brain's ability to recover.
But, It is about time someone spoke up about Gary Busey's behavior as representative of many TBI and mTBI persons who are walking around as the invisible wounded.58 years old, retired due to disability, married 33 years, father of three, grandfather of four, Suffered a serious concussion at 10 years old (1965) stopped most driving after last concussion at 46 years old (2001), Post Concussion Syndrome/Multiple Concussion/Impact Syndrome with PTSD, immediate and short term visual and auditory memory problems, slowed processing speed, visual and auditory processing difficulties, insomnia, absence seizures, OCD, 14 concussions since first concussion at 8 years old, Taking paroxetine and gabapentin for 11 years