- CASE FILE
I have a traumatic brain injury with memory, cognitive, speech, visual deficits plus hyperacusis in both ears. Everyday noises are painful.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
I have a traumatic brain injury from a car accident whew my head went through the driver side window.
I was sitting in the turning lane at a traffic light on my way to a friend’s funeral when a girl, driving too fast, & most likely texting, slammed into me. I couldn’t get out of the car to give her a piece of my mind so I sat back & saw my reflection in the mirror. Blood was squirting our of my head. The fire department couldn’t get the door opened & the EMTs couldn’t get the bleeding stopped. I had severed an artery. I thought I was going to bleed to death right there. I got the police officer to find my phone so I could call my family. It took 30 minutes to get me out of the car. They got the bleeding stopped right as we pulled into the hospital parking lot. When they wheeled me into the ER, the nurse said “I know you’re not going to lunch and leave me this bloody mess to clean up”. It just went downhill from there.
I was rushed through the ER by staff who said they didn’t want to be left to clean up “this bloody mess” at lunchtime.
I remember every detail before during & right after the accident but after that I can’t seem to retain new information.
It took months to see a neurologist.
In the meantime I went through physical therapy which helped with some symptoms. The therapist really wanted to “fix” me but I’m left with post concussion syndrome with short term memory problems, visual disturbances, headaches, cognitive deficits, & hyperacusis in both ears. I hear all sounds at the same intensity. Everyday sounds are painful to me. My ears hurt almost all the time.
When I finally saw a neurologist, he confirmed that my symptoms were from the brain injury but said he couldn’t help me. He said it would just take time.
I’ve been through neuropsychological testing to see how severely impaired I am & in what areas.
It’s been a year and a half & I've been to so many Drs. They all could confirm that my problems are from the brain injury but could fix it.
The girl who hit me lied & said that the accident was my fault so her car insurance has paid for none of this.
I’ve been told by family, friends, and at least one Dr that there is a way to fix my brain. My eye Dr said it’s fascinating & told me there is treatment but that it is very expensive and he can’t do it. He told me to read Dale Earnhardt Jrs book. (Reading is difficult for me)
My sister said she saw a Dr Phil show about regeneration of brain tissue.
I know there is help for me out there but, in the rural area where I live, I don’t have access to it nor do I have the resources to find it.
I was a brilliant, happy, outgoing person before. I want to feel that way again. I mourn the person I was before. I just want to be myself again.
Please help me.
I know you can.