Early last September I passed out in the Kitchen (reasons of which are still unknown) and falling backwards my head hit the concrete floor.
Not to be too gruesome, my wife found me in a pool of blood unconcious. I was taken to Leeds Neurological unit where I was diagnosed having a subdural Haematoma, Occipital and cranial skull fractures and a large (3cms) contusion to the right frontal lobe.
I stayed in hospital for 9 days, during which time I was pretty ill as you can imagine. However, I became increasingly aware that i was deaf in my left ear and I couldn't walk unaided due to balance and dizziness.
Later it was found that i had suffered damage to the nerve to my ear and my inner ear was most probably not working.
I returned to work on a part-time basis in Late November and have been slowly building up my hours, I am currently working 5 hours per day, only reaching 5 days per week this week.
Since about xmas time I don't feel like I have mademuch improvement, both in terms of the balance and the brain injury. After about 4 hours my head starts to ache and the buzzing which is there from the hearing loss gets worse. This is especially true at work. I also feel a long way from driving again at present.
I am told that the head aches and buzzing is due to fatigue, brought on by the executive functions I am required to do at work and when I go out of the house. My work are stating to lose patiance i think and I am worried that i will have to change my job, lose salary etc. They inadvertantly put pressure on me to do things which cause the fatigue to worsen/escalate. They cannot understand that 7 months after the accident I am not recovered.
Please, if you have any info/experience on how long I am going to be this way and what i can do to help the recovery i would love to hear them. I am really struggling to understand this, I do not know anyone else who has or is recovering from TBI. I feel like I will never improve and don't know what to think for the future. Everything seems to be on hold in my life!!