Yes; I am the heatlh and safety advisor who fell off a step ladder and landed on her head in the garden.... life has never been the same since that day.
Going into hospital I was asked the usual questions ... who is president? who cares my reply! same sort of response to all questions ... like I could remember anything much! Ask me one on sport I said .... what is LBW asked the New Zealand doctor... 'ah' said I ....'the trajectory of the ball leaving he bowler whereby if the batsman were not there the ball would remove the bales off the stumps and it would be OUT'. Oh good grief was his response ... this is serious we have a woman that understands cricket! .... and that was my last conscious thought. He did not know I had been scoring cricket matches for years but had no interest in politics or time lines.
Three years on and I no longer work and my mind is like a filing cabinet where someone has thrown it all round the room and taken the index cards .... I know the information is in there but it cannot control how it comes out or when!
Ask me a question today and I will forget it but will give you an answer in about 10days time! This is a good game as my friends and family try to work out who asked what question and what is the answer referring to and when. The classic answer 'crimplene' whilst going down the M5.
I can no longer get upset for long and smile a lot .... it is strange how much you miss crying and tears.
Annoyed and angry with life ... yes! i survived breast cancer and was looking forward to a life without that crap and hospitals all the time and I went and did this!
Lucky??? well yes the brain injury and my inability to answer questions made them do further tests and they found I had broken my C6 vertibrae two years earlier and it was getting worse so they have now fixed that.
So in short I am the health and safety officer who fell off the step ladder, and bounced on her brain.... but I know now that I have my head screwed on in the right direction as I have two spacers and an internal cage fusing my C5, C6 and C7 together.
I have learned how to speak again without stammering too much and to read and knit again. Books are a challenge as I put them down and forget it.
Cooking can be exciting as I forget I have put the cooker on! but that is another day ...
More ramblings from a Woman on the Edge of a less Ordinary Life will follow ....