Hi. I'm new to the site. My husband's head injury was in 1989. He was unconscious for 7 weeks and had several operations on his brain after being run over. He had a left frontal labotomy which resulted in a lot of changes in his personality . He still gets angry about his accident and life can be unpredictable even now. Some days I find it really hard to cope with. I am sad for him and for the life we might have had. He now looks virtually 'normal' which can be difficult as he doesn't always understand stuff or deal very well with people. To the outside world he usually seems great but indoors he can be a nightmare. I don't want to scare anyone new to caring for someone with a head injury but its important to look after yourself if you can and gather all the information and support you can. I think (hope) that things are a lot better than they were in 1989. Headway locally was in its very early days and there was little support around because they weren't that used to people actually surviving such severe injuries. My advice to everyone who suffers a head injury due to an accident is to get a good solicitor as quickly as possible. Do lots of research about support but don't google everything as it will scare the life out of you, particularly the information on non-UK sites. I'd be interested in hearing from other long term carers and how they cope on a daily basis.
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