I thought I was over the whole “crossing the street” thing, but nope, I can’t do it. I was about to cross the street when I just froze on the sidewalk. I couldn’t do it. I saw the cars coming, I thought I had enough time to get across, but I couldn’t move.

I was stuck there for a few minutes, looking at Jose in the car waiting for me right in front of me, but I couldn’t move my feet. I thought I would never be able to move until someone very nice actually stopped to let me cross those two lanes. I must have looked pretty scared or nervous for them to let me cross the street; they didn’t have to because I was not standing near a crosswalk.

This is probably why I was so scared, I know what can happen when when you’re jaywalking. I thought about it a couple of times, the nearest crosswalk was not far away but I was so close to the car. I was close, except for those two lanes and not knowing what the drivers were thinking or if they even saw me.

Maybe an ID might be useful for moments similar to this or worse to identify ourselves and Brain Injury survivors.

Brain Injury ID card


2 thoughts on “I just stood there

  1. Hi Maria,
    I was like this with escalators; due to balance issues in the early days of my TBI I stood there for ages before I dared step on. And then I nearly fell over.
    There was lots of tutting behind me as people became frustrated with me 😣

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    1. Hi Jo,
      I totally understand because I have a similar problem with escalators, but I have had this problem since before my TBI. There is something about the moving steps that just makes me afraid that I will miss it. I actually think I might have better balance and have less trouble with escalators after the accident due to all the therapy.
      But don’t worry about the people behind you, they all have to wait until you feel safe stepping on.


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