I have joined this forum to offer any tips that I have picked up, or any help, to people in a similar boat to me. Very briefly, here is my story:
I was hit by a car at 42mph as I crossed a road in November 2012. I bounced off the windscreen, and suffered a fractured pelvis, fractured skull, subdural haematoma, sub arachnoid haemorrhage, and contusions to the brain. I was in neuro ICU for 3 days, and in hospital for just over 3 weeks. I left hospital not really understanding what had happened, or the long term impact this would have.
I returned to work about 8 months later. This was probably a bit too soon, but I think that I just wanted my life to get back to 'normal', and I have always loved my job. 2 and a half years later, I feel I have been incredibly lucky with my recovery, maybe due partly to my stubborn nature. Along the way, I have suffered PTSD and anxiety; my memory has massively improved, and I am left with fatigue (I call it 'brain fog'). I work 30 hours a week as work would not reduce it any more, and I am managing by having a 'rest day' once a week where I lay in bed, keep distractions to a minimum, and recharge my battery enough to be able to do stuff on the other 2 days off.
It's not been easy, and harder on my husband I think. Some things about me are different, some the same. But my life is carrying on, I see the beauty in everything where I used to just think 'work, work, work', and my confidence is steadily growing. So it takes longer than I thought it would (I thought brains were like bones, 6 weeks and they heal!!) but there is something positive eventually. I would like to offer a hug to anyone who is managing with a head injury, and to their family. I found it to be an 'invisible illness' that no one understands, unless you have been through it yourself.