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Time to introduce myself

kjharvey
kjharvey

I have commented on a few posts, but I don't think I actually introduced myself properly, so I wanted to take a moment and do that.

Hi everyone. I found this site while looking for something else. HealthUnlocked has just about everything I need. I joined Anxiety Support because of my own issue. July 4th, 2017 (my un-independence day) my entire world changed forever. I had just gotten home from my night-shift at the county jail medical department. I was building a treasure chest toy box for my son and wanted to paint it. Yep, worst mistake of my life. Spilled the paint, slipped, fell backwards into my bathroom and the base of my skull landed on the edge of my vanity (it's only 16 inches off the ground). The result was devastating. I have not been able to return to my nursing position. I was diagnosed with coup-contracoup, occipital and frontal lobe brain damage, ripped muscles around the circumference of my neck, damage to my shoulder, executive functioning deficit, mental and physical processing deficit, personality changes, PTSD, anxiety disorder, zero immediate recall ability but my delayed is still intact, so that helps. I have to wear special lenses in my glasses because of strabismus in one eye and nystagmus in the other, I call them my Prism sentence..lol. I am extremely photophobic and noise sensitive. I feel sounds now, yep that one is creepy. Oh, occipital seizures and migraines like nobodies business.

After being denied to be seen by the fifth neurologist I decided I wasn't going to go to the doctor anymore. My short term memory sucks (pardon my french), but my long term is still intact and I decided to nurse myself back. I have gotten to the point where I am back in college (online cuz I don't handle crowds anymore, I used to be a center of attention person, now I don't ever want to leave the house) re-training so that I can get back into the workforce and stay in a field that allows me to help others.

I am studying integrative health and plan to do nothing but holistic alternatives to traditional treatment. Oh, with the help of my sister-in-law I am training my own service dog (that's what she does for a living), his name is Mr. Pants and at 5 months old he is absolutely amazing.

Thanks for letting me share my story and letting me join this community.

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Welcome to you.

I’m so sorry to hear what happened to you,wow in a few minutes such changes....it’s inspiring to hear how well you are doing and how hard you are obviously working to help yourself....

Lovely to hear about your dog training. 😊

Thank you for sharing your story.

I hope this forum helps you. I know it helps me to write things down.

All good wishes to you xxx

Hi to you

So touched by your story but more for your courage and perseverance

It never ceases to amaze me how one moment in time can change the whole course of our lives so dramatically. But where others would have thrown in the towel you have altered your perspective, and are making positive progress in your life. Keep going you are one of the bravest people I’ve spoken to.

Lisa

Wow... I’m already inspired.. welcome!

Hello,kj, what an awful time you've had! You seem very brave, retraining and preparing to help others and have somehow kept a sense of humour. I must say i admire you, i do really. I am noise sensitive too and not too good in social situations. My best wishes to you. Dee😊🌻✌️

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