Nearly 6 months ago I had an accident, resulting in a fractured skull, severe damage on my brain that narrowly avoided an operation, plus multiple seizures in the ambulance and a weeks stay in hospital.
I work as a HGV driver for a builders merchant unloading with lorry mounted crane & covering various branches where I live.
Since the accident I’ve had to surrender both my driving licences, car and HGV. Was off work for around a month, then returned on reduced hours just working in the branch. I was getting the bus & living in a village in Wiltshire we have poor bus services. I’ve worked as many hours as I can do with buses & still close to a 45hour working week.
Yesterday I had to attend a welfare meeting at work. My doctor recently gave me a doctors note to tell them I’m suffering post concussion syndrome as a result of my accident & the resulting brain injury. After nearly two hours in my meeting & most of it being them hassling me to work longer hours. I was called back in the afternoon to be told they are not happy me being there and they were sending me home sick with immediate effect.
I’ve been back at work the past 5 months and even able to do the job they put me in. I have been having headaches, suffering fatigue and struggle to concentrate when there is very load noise or shouting.
Now I’m left worrying about how I’m going to pay my mortgage, bills etc. Plus feeling as though they are just trying to force me out of the company as it’s another 18months before I’ll be able to drive hgv. Although it’s hopefully not much more than a week for my car licence.
I have tried to explain to them what it’s been like for me, I was told my accident was so serious I nearly died. When I came out of the hospital I no longer felt I was the same person. I’ve lost all of my smell & most of my taste. The fatigue is something I just have to deal with along with the pain.
I have days that I wish I had not survived, yet if I talk to my partner about it she gets upset. So then I have no one left to tell how I feel. It just feels like an act of kindness, helping my brother in law move house resulted in my whole world being blown apart.