Hi. First time on here and first post. Just after some advice/similar problems that someone may be having. I'm 45 years old, I had a fall six months ago from a ladder, broken arm, wrist etc, multiple skull and face fractures and a small bleed on the brain. I was monitored in hospital and the bleed didn't get any worse so I didn't need surgery. After discharge from hospital i had a follow up appointment at National hospital for neurology and neurosurgery in London approx 2 months after the accident. Was still having dizzy spells at this time. I had a thorough exam and felt at that time that I was ok although I did feel a bit distant and felt as if I'd lost my 'mojo' and enthusiasm but to be honest I put this down to the fact that I'd had a traumatic accident and that it was a shock to the system. The doctor i saw was very good and gave me a lot of time. He explained that from the scans there was some scarring in the frontal lobe area of my brain. He also explained that this area of the brain that had taken the impact was responsible for decision making, moods, personality etc and asked if I had noticed any changes and to be aware that I may do. I went back to work a month after this and day to day work wise I've had no real problems organising and carrying out my work (have my own decorating business). However , at home , although most of the time I don't feel that the accident has affected me I find myself getting annoyed with the kids more and my partner, and she would tell you that I'm not the same and that I'm distant still and that something is 'missing'. i seem to be not as 'happy go lucky' as I want to be either and maybe a bit more serious, I don't find it so easy to 'let go' and enjoy myself as much (unless I've had a couple of drinks!) . I'm getting on with life every day and trying to be normal - and to be honest most of the time i feel normal, just that I'm beginning to think that it has affected me more than I realised. I want to know how better to deal with it and how to try and get my zest for life back and to make life better for those around me.
Any comments or advice would be appreciated.