Hi everyone, I've just found this site and am kicking myself for not looking harder when I really needed it, after sustaining a hypoxic brain injury in 2009. Yes, it was a very long time ago now, but I'm still reminded of it by my brain struggling quite often.
I got my brain injury after suffering from severe depression, and attempting suicide by hanging. My then boyfriend (now husband) found me, performed CPR as my heart had stopped and the rest, as they say, is history. It probably took me around a year to recover enough to function independently, and it was a very long, very difficult road, for me and everyone around me.
The incident has totally changed my life. My depression disappeared overnight, or at least it had done by the time I woke up 12 days later in intensive care. I spent the next few years getting fit, losing weight, I stopped smoking, came off the heavy antidepressants and I finally decided I needed a career and climbed the first rung of the ladder. I'm also currently fulfilling a lifelong dream of travelling the world, after talking a career break having run into some problems.
I eventually came to a halt on this career ladder as my memory doesn't seem to be up to the job. It's so much better than it was when I first woke up, as back then I (apparently) didn't even know my own name, and have one memory of asking my own Dad who he was, which breaks my heart to think about now. I also struggle to think of words and often can't respond to questions when I'm put on the spot, and this never used to be much of a problem for me. I feel certain my brain has healed as much as it ever will, so I'm really saddened to think I've hit a wall with my new career so early on. I was never interested in a career before, as I'd had depression for 8 years, all of my adult life, but now that it's gone I feel like nothing can stop me. Except it has. Has anyone else had a similar thing?
I'm so inspired by the posts here, and want everyone to know that there is always hope. I'm so glad to have found this site, and I know I'm incredibly lucky to have escaped a hypoxic brain injury with only minor problems. I feel better just knowing there's support out there, and no one has to struggle through it alone. I just wish I'd known about it sooner!