Tuesday 12 December
yesterday I returned to work, kind of a big *big* deal... It was ‘Day 292’ since the simplest of accidents changed my whole year, plans I had for this year turned completely upside down. Life changed.
Those plans replaced by new plans and not the plans I had been planning to plan!
I am returning to 12 hours a week and managed my 4 hours yesterday albeit with much needed breaks throughout. But, I did it.
I have had amazing support around me. I wouldn’t be where I am now, being able to return to work, without the efforts and support from the Head Injury Unit based at Morpeth.
Many people with head injuries across the UK do not have access to the service I have access to, there is no multi-disciplinary team in place to scoop you up when your main system has shut down, when not only is your brain unable to function but your body cannot either, because it is your damaged brain controlling your body.
From the ladies on reception taking the calls from me in the early days when I was so scared I didn’t know what was happening to me, I would call them crying in pain. In a lot of pain. They helped.
From the Neuro Physiotherapists whom knew straight away my eye had been affected by the blow to my head, my inner ear crystals displaced and vertigo was taking over. To get me walking straight again, to get me to balance, to strengthen my eye to get rid of the vertigo.
From the Occupational Therapists whom worked to get me cooking again, to work out puzzles, to go shopping alone, to do daily tasks alone, to put in place coping strategies, to build strategies to return to work.
From the Speech Therapist who has worked with me to create strategies for when cognitive fatigue kicks in and I’m struggling to find the right words, the pausing I experience and the blank mind I have mid conversation.
From the Neuropsychologist who helped me to understand the cognitive changes my brain was now adapting to and the effect this has and will have on my day to day behaviour, mood and wellbeing going forward. ( there were always tissues available!) To the Consultant managing my constant head pain and, me!