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Thread: My head injury

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    My head injury

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    On Jan. 1/15, New Year's Day, I suffered a head injury after my bike collided-crashed with another cyclist who clipped into my front wheel, on a Vancouver bike path. My dearie was cycling just 10 metres ahead of me. The other cyclist landed on top of me. My bike was still between my legs when I fell on my left side. Thank goodness he wasn't a really big, much heavier person.

    I was admitted for hospital overnight stay and monitoring in a downtown Vancouver hospital. I was seen by emergency services doc. And neurologist also. The left side me around my lower rib cage and lower abdomen is sore and requires me to move carefully. What a way to start off 2015.

    I have no memory at all of the crash, nor of emergency responders looking after me, transport in ambulance nor of the full body CAT scan I had within hrs. of accident. I lost part of memory for about 6 hrs. I also don't remember a team meeting with neurologist, neurology student intern and my partner where they tested my cognition via series of questions while I was in bed. I have no memory of what my neurologist looks like, who handled my case looks like. I have no memory of what the cyclist looked like who crashed into me. My eyes were open, according to my partner, and I was talking, responding (not always correctly), but clearly it did not register in my memory at the time.

    My emergency services doctor sister (in Toronto) who does see head injured patients quite often, has urged that I must rest and do very little…for first 2 wks. Or longer. Not even much computer nor TV screen time. I will be requesting abit more accident/disability time off after next wk. Frankly I don’t feel like returning immediately to work, with a change of managers now due to restructuring. The last thing I can cope with after this accident. Or I probably have to book a meeting rm. At work and work in quiet since I currently work in an open office floor with enough ambient noise from adjacent cubicles.

    It tires me do tasks that require brain decision-making and switching at this time. Certainly I can walk short distances, but tend to be slower. I have to test this when walking in ice and snow in Calgary with my partner.

    I have been advised strongly not to bike for 1 month.

    For certain, you will not find me supporting: ice hockey fighting (enforcer role is terrible role to have been invented in pro hockey), soccer headhitting of the ball at high velocities, boxing, MM fighting. I have heard that football is losing its cache at some the high schools due to parental concerns, etc.
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    I'm very sorry to hear of your accident! I've had my share of concussions, though none as serious as what you describe. Be kind and gentle to yourself as you heal, and best wishes for a speedy recovery!

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    Wow. Glad you're getting good advice and that you'll have your partner's support as you heal. Take good care. Best wishes for a quick and full recovery!
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    Rest up, Shooting Star. You have received very good advice and care. Don't mess around with this. I have a friend from grad school, whose daughter had a concussion from a soccer head butt. It was a long time before she could do everything the way she used to.
    Yeah, and I am also against all of those things you mentioned. I am pretty sure I had a mild concussion when I slammed the point of my car door into my forehead. I rested for 1.5 days and stupidly went on a 30 mile ride the day after that. This resulted in headaches and neck pain for months. Take it easy!!!
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    Sorry to read you had such a "stupid" accident. Hoping for a full and speedy recovery. Just don't rush into things. I know it is hard and we think all is fine and try to go too fast too often.

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    Oh my, SO glad that you are coming out of it - scary stuff indeed! I am so glad that you don't live alone and have your partner to help out, thank care and keep us posted as you can.

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    Speedy recovery to you, shootingstar! Take care of yourself.

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    Yikes. I'm so glad the injury was not more serious. Rest up, stay out of work as long as you can. I hope your recovery goes well.

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    So sorry that happened to you. I had a serious head injury a couple of years ago, and though the symptoms are similar with memory loss, etc., yours sounds much more serious. Honestly, I think a month is a bit optimistic. It took 3 months for me to go short distances on my hybrid, and over 4 to attempt a ride on my road bike.when I did ride, I stayed in the lowest gear and rested every 5 minutes or so. That ride was a total of 4.4 miles. I actually face planted and did a full forward roll and immediately sat up. But I don't remember it.

    I also had (and still do, to some extent) problems with mental fatigue, dizziness if I did too much, etc. Sorry to say, computer screens are not conducive to healing.

    I sound like such a downer! But I'm glad you are being careful. Just allow yourself enough time. If you feel dizzy, refrain from doing whatever it is you were attempting.

    Guess I should add that I never posted on TE about the accident. I ws so annoyed that I just couldn't.

    One good thing, Rudy Project replaced my 6 month old $230 dollar helmet for free.
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    That is terrible, Shootingstar! Having someone crash into me and make me fall is one of my biggest fears. Very serious stuff. Rest up and heal soon!

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    So sorry to hear this, but glad to hear that you should make a full recovery!

    DH has had 2 concussions, and I have cared for him with both. With both, he blacked out for a very short time, and then "woke up" but doesn't recall much. Minimizing screen time, tv, reading - anything that taxes the brain - is huge. He couldn't do that, and it took him much longer to recover. Sitting in a quiet room really is what you sort of have to do. Be gentle with yourself - things may feel weird and frustrating for quite a while - but it will get better. The other reason for not getting back on the bike immediately is something called second impact syndrome. Listen to your doc - it's not worth the risk. And, of course, replace that helmet!

    It might also be worth asking your doc whether a fish oil (DHA) supplement would be appropriate. DH was strongly advised to take it (in large doses) based upon some research here (football injuries). It helped a lot.
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    Wow! So scary! Take care and be easy on yourself. Definitely don't push things.
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    Wishing you a full recovery! And be patient with yourself!

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    Hi,

    don't fret too much about not remembering what happened that day. The important thing now is to take time to heal properly. Don't rush. take lot of naps. And wish you full recovery. Resting will also help with your other physical injuries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catrin View Post
    Oh my, SO glad that you are coming out of it - scary stuff indeed! I am so glad that you don't live alone and have your partner to help out, thank care and keep us posted as you can.
    Thx for the good vibes from everyone. Useful to hear other people's stories --not just for me but for others.
    My partner is my witness to the accident scene and how I responded during the hospital testing (on 3 different time occasions).

    I have a good friend in Calgary who is able to help me (and she knows about cycling), but I would like to reserve her help much later on when I am whole lot better.

    Apparently it is not unusual for people with head injuries to never recall their accident at all. Yes, it is a kinda creepy feeling.

    Blueberry, I'm the sort of person that can easily stare into space for several hrs. on airflights and not be entertained by tv/movie or music. Or sit for hrs. on a bus, train ride and stare out the window. Not read nor do any computer screen stuff. I don't own /use a cellphone so I haven't got into the habit to constantly busy myself with loose time. I entertain with my own thoughts or chill out.

    Need to get off computer now.
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