This is not really relevant to my TBI, but I thought I'd share, anyway.
I am currently a university lecturer, in geology. I had to take 18 months off work, back in 2005/6, when I had my accident, but I was lucky enough to be able to go back. However, my department is now being closed down. I have applied for Voluntary Severance, because I don't want to have to see out the last few years - the students who are in their first year still have to do their 2nd and 3rd years. I am not certain that they will give it to me - we were 'invited' to apply for it, but they could still say 'No!'.
Anyway, I have applied to go back to university, as a student, to retrain as a geography teacher. One of my three choices has offered me an interview, in two weeks, but in fact I will go there beforehand, anyway, next week, for a day of 'School Experience' - where you get to sit in a classroom, and see the teachers teach their classes. I have already done one day of that, and I have arranged lots more - universities think you should do lots of this 'observation'.
I am sort-of excited, but also sort-of nervous. On my application, I have said that I am proud of myself, for dealing with my TBI the way I have, which I think the schools and universities will like. However, they won't like the fact that I am 'blind'. I have the right side of my visual field missing. If I look to the right, I can see everything there, but when I look straight forwards, the right is not there. I suppose that the kids might think they can muck about to my right, and stuff.
Anyway, i feel kind-of brave, kind-of excited, and kind-of nervous.