Brain injury is an invisible epidemic. It is not like a physical injury people notice. Early on, even the survivor may not see it. After my TBI, I could barely move without falling, but I assumed I’d be better in a few weeks, and made plans accordingly. Of course, I also had to cancel those plans. I wasn’t fine by any means.
I appeared unscathed to others, and as far as I could tell, I was well on my way to full recovery (except for the vertigo, migraines, memory, balance… the list goes on). I was oblivious to my condition – sleeping on and off all day, pouring milk into the sink instead of into my cereal bowl, and often unable to understand or complete a coherent sentence. The assault to my brain had caused deep and unseen damage to the “me” I was before.
There’s a medical term for this – anosognosia. That’s a fancy way of saying you don’t have a clue. After a brain injury unawareness is normal, baffling, and a major hurdle to overcome. But first, your body needs to heal.
There’s a long road ahead, but you have taken your first steps.
You have done a great job describing one aspect of living with an acquired brain injury. There are so many nuances to how life is different. Some things close friends are more aware of than the one who has the injury. Thanks for sharing.