There's been plenty of progress over the lest 3 months since I found Headway and I think I'm at the stage where I can get on with a normal, but different life.
I've been on a Headway course called 'Living with a brain injury' which was an 11 week group-attended set of weekly meetings where I met others in a similar situation to me. It's great to find out you're not the only person who was discharged from hospital without any warning of a BI and left the find out the hard way that life is now different.
The course covered a different subject each week, all being subjects that can help us cope with life now that it has changed, such as brain anatomy, acceptance, physical effects, cognitive effects and strategies.
At the same time I got myself in the system by being referred to a clinical neuro-Psycologist and an MRI scan on the head. The MRI result was that there wasn't anything in there (LOL) well nothing that shouldn't be in there and the neurotic-psyc tests pointed to certain areas where I'm now below average in areas such as memory encoding of verbal input, overall speed of processing and abstract thinking.
I feel like I've turned a corner and know my areas of difficulty are identified I can use techniques and strategies to compensate meaning I can just get on with life.
I can't thank Headway enough for helping me quantify the extend of the injury and giving me the knowledge to understand it all.
I've started to write the story of the last 2 years of my life and I'm thinking of putting it chapter by chapter in a blog, hoping that the mistakes I made, the total lack of information at the time and the changes to my personality will help others who find theirselves in a similar position.