I have a closed head injury.
One sunny morning in April of 1997,
I took a shortcut off of a mountain pass.
I walked away.
I have never been the same since.
I have found a wonderful link that everyone who has had a TBI and or their families should visit. Everything you want or will ever want to know, recovery helps, resources, self-help, FYI, support etc. Brain Injury Resource Center
"Most people think that, if given enough time, (a month or two), a head injury will heal. Unfortunately, that isn't always the case. Recovery from a head injury isn't based on recovery of the damaged area, but on retraining of surrounding areas. According to the National Head Injury Association, about 60 percent of head injuries are caused by motor vehicle accidents... Severe and permanently disabling head injury occurs when an impact destroys nerve cells or neuron connections within the brain. Messages passing at lightning speed from one neuron to another are permanently interrupted, and the type of deficit that occurs depends on the location of injury and on what functions that area controls. In addition to the primary injury, secondary problems - bleeding within the skull, swelling, infection - can further threaten survival and recovery." MDX Health Digest, Copyright by Medical Data Exchange (MDX) WebMed
One of the most significant medical authorities pointing to the potential severity of brain injury without a significant period of unconsciousness is the definition which came out of meetings of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. While such definition still uses the term "mild" traumatic brain injury, it establishes clear cut authority for the premise that these non-coma type injuries can be serious and permanent. Such definition, establishes that a permanent brain injury can occur if any of the following four conditions occur as a result of trauma, or accident:
1. Any period of loss of consciousness;
2. Any loss of memory for events immediately before or after the accident (amnesia);
3. Any alteration in mental state at the time of the accident (eg: feeling dazed, disoriented, or confused); or
4. Focal neurological deficit(s).
[Source: Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Committee of the Head Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, published at J Head Trauma Rehabilitation 1993:8(3):86-87
If you are looking for a personal angle on the effects of TBI on the individual as well as their family, this is the best book I have read on this subject. If you or a family member or friend have TBI This is a must read! I laughed and cried through the whole book, relating on many levels to almost everything she said. I highly recommend it. To go to Dr. Osborn's personal website go here.