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Never should have survived this head injury.

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 15, 2006
  • 02:39 AM

My sisters fiance (26 years old) should have died. While at work he was hit in the head by a rotating piece or metal which cuts steel. It split his head open penetrating his brain. I knew the paramedic who responded, he said "Pat" should have died. I rushed to the hospital where he was already rushed up to surgery. The chaplin stood by. My sister feel apart. I do have a medical background and in talking with the ICU staff, I knew that if Pat even survived he might not be able to function at all. That was 8 months ago, he can walk, talk, and he even got his drivers liscence back. He seemed great until 2 nights ago. I guess he had everyone fooled about how good he was doing. He said he was taking his seizure medication, but obviously was forgetting. His short term memory is a bit weak. 2 nights ago, he had his first seizure at 3 am, while in bed sleeping. The seizure woke my sister up, she was scared and called an ambulance. The wedding is still on for June 16th 2007, but I wonder if he will get any better? I have read that the behavoiural differences and issues with short term memory can get better but after 6 months that is pretty much where he will stay. He is a bit childlike, he definately has a different personality. I am sure love will get them through. They have my love and support. Does anyone need to talk about their experience? If anyone has any comments or questions just ask. I guess I just wanted to throw this out there.

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  • To begin: To the woman who's BIL's head was injured by a piece of machinery; I realize your post is old, back to '06. Its the only one I could find on here that remotely resembles my medical problem. That being, feeling like how is it possible to have survived severe head trauma..in many ways...How is your brother in law's health? Assuming he and yours sister did get married? Now for my story:I sustained a strong blow to the head just over 20 years ago, before air-bags became standard in cars. So I had full impact of my head against the steering wheel, going roughly 60 mph. There was no substance abuse involved. (Only me and one other car & driver involved) I had memory loss & went unconscious I was told between one and two hours. Some good samaritan stopped and contacted emergency services. I was found lying on grass next to the car, well away from the road. I dont recall how I got there. Last I recall was seeing something out of the corner of my eye (on the left) and then hearing a very loud crash. That- sadly was the end of my fully funcitoning cognition. No one claimed to have helped me across the road. I allegedly walked myself away from the car about 20 feet to safety (unless you believe in angels!) I also could not speak. lying on the ground, I gave the stranger helper a note with a relatives phone number scribbled on it. I tried and tried I couldnt open my mouth to speak. I had a facial hematoma and broken facial bones, tinnitus, fainting, blurred vision from time to time, concussion (obviously), symptoms of PTSD, (where my body would drop to the ground upon hearing any loud noise, or bang for years following.) In fact this reaction still happens, but now I just jump and my heart races. Unfortunatley TBI was not inclusive of the kind where you appear to be 'functioning' following a severe blow to the head. Traumatic Brain Injury - as far as I know would only be diagnosed if the MRI catches something. Mine did not. they tapped my knee, asked me questions and gave me an eye test, and was sent away with a supposed clean bill of health. Since then Ive never been able to concentrate, not in college, not at work. I was never the same. I was depressed, would weep for long periods of time, couldnt drive for at least 2 yrs following the accident. I just tried to forget all about it, focusing my functioning difficulties inward as incompetence. Truth is however Ive never been the same since. I used to get good grades in school, had fun with hobbies and a good social life. But after this, I just could never feel like the same person no matter how hard I tried. Ive come a long way & married my then b/f, finished college (with alot of struggle!) worked some interesting jobs, started a family, etc. Still, I feel cheated in that if Id had a proper diagnoses, Id have recognition of having sustained long term damage as a result of the severe impact. Has anyone had a similar situation, or know of any resources? thankyou:)
    grifrin 6 Replies Flag this Response
  • Now for my story:I sustained a strong blow to the head just over 20 years ago, before air-bags became standard in cars. So I had full impact of my head against the steering wheel, going roughly 60 mph. That- sadly was the end of my fully funcitoning cognition. No one claimed to have helped me across the road. I allegedly walked myself away from the car about 20 feet to safety (unless you believe in angels!) I also could not speak. lying on the ground, I gave the stranger helper a note with a relatives phone number scribbled on it. I tried and tried I couldnt open my mouth to speak. I had a facial hematoma and broken facial bones, tinnitus, fainting, blurred vision from time to time, concussion (obviously), symptoms of PTSD, (where my body would drop to the ground upon hearing any loud noise, or bang for years following.) In fact this reaction still happens, but now I just jump and my heart races. Unfortunatley TBI was not inclusive of the kind where you appear to be 'functioning' following a severe blow to the head. Traumatic Brain Injury - as far as I know would only be diagnosed if the MRI catches something. Mine did not. they tapped my knee, asked me questions and gave me an eye test, and was sent away with a supposed clean bill of health. Since then Ive never been able to concentrate, not in college, not at work. I was never the same. I was depressed, would weep for long periods of time, couldnt drive for at least 2 yrs following the accident. I just tried to forget all about it, focusing my functioning difficulties inward as incompetence. Truth is however Ive never been the same since. I used to get good grades in school, had fun with hobbies and a good social life. But after this, I just could never feel like the same person no matter how hard I tried. Ive come a long way & married my then b/f, finished college (with alot of struggle!) worked some interesting jobs, started a family, etc. Still, I feel cheated in that if Id had a proper diagnoses, Id have recognition of having sustained long term damage as a result of the severe impact. Has anyone had a similar situation, or know of any resources? thankyou:)Post Concussive Syndrome - I think that's what you might have. There's a website forum called http://neurotalk.psychcentral.com/ where people talk about this. You might look that up on the internet too and see if you find more support groups on it.
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  • I had a head injury occur in July 2005. I was at work and a guy was horseplaying around and threw a ball at a guy standing behind me. He missed him and hit me in the left side of the head. I was diagnosed with traumatic brain injury as well as an arachnoid cyst which later I was told it's enlargement (possibly creation) was caused by the injury. I did have the cyst removed in March of this year as it was causing significant compression or mass effect.Like you I also have the cognitive problems that remain, such as memory problems, difficulty learning, slowed information processing, etc. I know I am not who I was immediately before the injury and I don't have the same abilities either. It has really given me an appreciation that you don't know what you have until it's gone. I've been told that most functioning can return in the first two years. Others have said up to 10 years. I've also been told I'm "bright" and "high functioning" so there's not a lot of rehab available to me locally. And I wasn't put through cognitive rehab until two years later as I didn't have med insurance at the time of the injury. I did pay out of pocket, but I guess they didn't think that was good enough to actually send me through the treatment I really needed.I make accommodations for my shortcomings these days. What came so easily before is much more difficult now. I was also a very good student and I learned very quickly. I tended to be promoted at work on a regular basis. But now I struggle to maintain where I am today. I've been offered Project Manager positions but have not taken them as I know I would not be able to handle the stress nor be able to verbally communicate as effectively as I used to do so easily. And of course I cannot remember many things, so that would also be a hindrance for me. I am single mom which makes this more difficult when you cannot spend that time nor energy with your child. I used to, immediately before the injury.If you need to chat, please feel free to reply.I do have a lawsuit filed for my case. And that was only done by me. I now have an attorney and will be attending the trial this Sept. Sadly, I don't think the guy that did this to me feels much remorse. I think he's done a lot of rationalization over these three years. And I'm not looking forward to seeing him again either.I'm still hopeful that I can improve and maybe work on some brain re-training for the learning and info processing.Believe me, you're not alone. Also PCS is also known as TBI.
    munderpsych 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks MunderPsych for sharing that story. That must have been one hek of a horse-play incident to have had the kind of impact it did! I think your decision to pursue the incident on a legal level - its a good idea. You may regret not following thru sometime in the future when the statute of limitations expires. Theres only a few number of years you can sue within. I did sue and won. then I lived off of the winnings after that. Unfortunately thats how the system works here. Anyway Im frustrated like you are over not having the same cognitive acuity I used to have before the accident.
    grifrin 6 Replies Flag this Response
  • Has anyone tried scalp acupuncture to help with their cognitive issues? Scalp acupuncture done by an Oriental medical doc who specializes in brain trauma or post stroke issues would be very very helpful. Please consider this form of medicine - at the very least it can help with some of the PTSD symptoms and emotional symptoms and lingering pain issues. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • I had a severe head injury twenty years ago this October. I had car accident and was in a coma for two months. I had no memory of it nor of too much time before the accident so I don't know if I'm who I was. I don't imagine I am. My family basically swept it under the rug so it's not really talked about. My mom talks about when I was in coma and all but no one in my family wll talk about the long term effect it has had. I have and still do feel like I want to talk about it but am never sure what to say. I, too, am very childlike even though I'm 38. I can't handle learning too many things at once. If too much information is given to me my brain freaks out and just shuts down and I stop hearing what I'm being told. I'm sorry for the experience everyone's had.
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