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100% TDIU - Permanent and Total: TBI and general Question

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Hello all,

Ever since suffering a cold knockout from a vehicular fall, and down the side of a levee/cliff during the invasion of Iraq (14-20 feet, directly on back of head: ACH was worn at the time, and NVG's [AN-PVS5's] were on my face.), I have had a variety of cognitive issues and total behavioral personality change.
I am already 100% Permanent and Total (as the title says), and diagnosed with mTBI and PTSD, to which the majority of my award is granted towards PTSD.
My LOC (Loss of Consciousness) was probably around 30 minutes if you consider me "coming to" briefly from time to time (being fireman carried by my TC, and then lifted by said TC, MOPP gear, M16 and all into the bench seat of a 5-ton) and being pushed on the shoulders as I lay in the fetal position, in utter confusion (I couldn't even "think" straight), on the bench seat by my TC who kept trying to get me to stay awake while he concurrently drove.

I'm filling you in with this cursory amount of detail so you guys can get a feel for my background and situation. (Circumstances and type of injury.)

What I want to seek your guys advice on, is this:
I have a memory/focus issue that seems to be getting worse.

I do things that seem to be gaps in processing tasks.

For example:
- Driving - Briefly lose "awareness" (presence?), but come to seconds later.
- Daily routines or tasks:
 (a) Leave house, forget I locked it. Get out to car, can't remember whether I locked it. Go back to door, door is locked. Go back to car, can't remember if I locked it. (If wife is in car, she reminds me almost always as soon as I get in car.)
 (b) Make coffee - Fill coffeemaker with water, insert coffee grounds, turn on, walk away. Come back to coffee all over floor several minutes later. Forgot to put in cup or pot. (Put something in stove, and totally forget about it until it's burned.)
 (c) Have a difficult time coordinating tasks, and find myself extremely frustrated when doing so.
 (d) I sometimes go into long segues or overcomplicated verbiage. Internally, I feel like I'm struggling to say what I mean, and everything seems to "run together". My doctor wrote something to the effect of "This is either a sign of his cognitive dysfunction, or he is avoiding questions/conversations.", of which I assured said doctor it is not the latter.

I have talked to my psych doc, and my doctor is telling me that these symptoms sound TBI-related, and put me in for a "Second Level Evaluation" with polytrauma.
I have been to polytrauma before, and they did what I think was a best-case effort, and I went back to work. (Was driving a concrete truck at the time, and eventually got fired for , frankly, being forgetful/inattentive. Am now staying at home and doing home improvement projects to keep me busy/"fulfilled')

I have to admit, I have a bit of fear about what the reality could be, as I am fairly young (early 40's), and have children and a wife.

My questions, are as follows:

- Does my doctors assessment that my apparently degrading cognition and processing is related to my TBI seem reasonable? Are they stretching? (I know *some* of you have psych degrees, or have seen this thing before.)
- Could going back for more second-level polytrauma assessment affect my current rating? 

My wife is currently an honors level student (Deans List, Presidents List, and Academic honors), utilizing Chapter 35, and a state tuition waiver for spouses of those 100% P&T, and I do not want to ruin her frankly amazing pursuit of her degree.

Any insight whatsoever will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

Commodog

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commondog  I hear ya buddy you quoted 

''I worked it out at one point, and due to my primary background and previous earnings, I am worth, functionally, somewhere between 71k/yr and 90k/yr (Information Technology background and degree) with a high life earning of exactly 71k/yr (Systems Engineer).''

My son does the same thing  he is head engineer where he works has The Senior Analyst Systems , and makes about 90k year Actually he is in a position that no one else knows what he knows  so I told him him to stay put with that job

..He has been at it over 20 years doing what he Loves and his Company he works for sends him to these Updated Tech IT Classes! For like 10 days at a time. (not sure if he gets bonus for doing that or not?  he so he can keep up with IT.

  He goes about 6 times a year doing these classes last time they went to La Vegas, Before that New York City,  Salt lake City Utah, and Cleveland Ohio, Philly PA,  he has two more this year  But he loves what he does..I don't understand any of it  so I just listen to him tell what all he does..LOL

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15 hours ago, Buck52 said:

commondog  I hear ya buddy you quoted 

''I worked it out at one point, and due to my primary background and previous earnings, I am worth, functionally, somewhere between 71k/yr and 90k/yr (Information Technology background and degree) with a high life earning of exactly 71k/yr (Systems Engineer).''

My son does the same thing  he is head engineer where he works has The Senior Analyst Systems , and makes about 90k year Actually he is in a position that no one else knows what he knows  so I told him him to stay put with that job

..He has been at it over 20 years doing what he Loves and his Company he works for sends him to these Updated Tech IT Classes! For like 10 days at a time. (not sure if he gets bonus for doing that or not?  he so he can keep up with IT.

  He goes about 6 times a year doing these classes last time they went to La Vegas, Before that New York City,  Salt lake City Utah, and Cleveland Ohio, Philly PA,  he has two more this year  But he loves what he does..I don't understand any of it  so I just listen to him tell what all he does..LOL

On the west coast that number is sort of "low average", particularly in and about Silicon Valley.
I tended to stay more inland, towards the central valley, hence ~71k.

Before enlisting I worked for Apple and a few other companies.
Primarily in a Desktop Support role, and then later specifically in Systems Engineer roles.
(I specialize in SMS pre-SCCM/Active Directory/Application Packaging, and am proficient with Exchange.)

I grew up very deeply embedded and personally involved in the rise of Information Technology and its culture in and about various locales in California, and knew some very prolific "hackers" (Most would refer to themselves as "crackers" or "phreakers"),

If I could dive back into this workforce without the traits of TBI + PTSD, I would in a heartbeat.

Unfortunately there is no known cure at this time. 😕

Berta,

I am unsure if I qualify for SSDI, and I will be direct with you in saying sometimes I let my self-pride keep me from deserved benefits.
 

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I was on the same boat as you 100 Tdiu p and t. I then filed a claim for adjustment disorder and that sparked another tbi review and ptsd exam which they made me 100% scheduler P and T SMC S. Sorry I didn’t take enough time to read all the replies so I’m just shooting this from the hip, if you have any questions Ill respond to this when I see an update.

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