In 1990 I was driving my 64 Plymouth Valiant convertible on a narrow winding,2 lane rd.in Westchester co.NY.my speed was approximately 10-2 mph. & slow as that sounds,it wasn't slow enough for the approaching,notorious curve and the pouring rain and crimped brake line on my car.
I put slight pressure on the brake pedal and my tires hydroplaned across wet surface. Being too short to go through the windshield,my face went into the Big hard poly steering wheel,breaking the chrome horn device which was inside the steering wheel.the broken chrome knocked my top front 5 teeth out & flattened my bottom ones. Post concussive syndrome was diagnosed & I was fortunate to not have broken any bones.it was almost a year before I looked normal,not like a hideous monster ,in fact walking in the hospital hallway one day, I said hello to the neurologist who had examined me April 1,1990. He stopped
And asking"do I know you?" I responded" car accident,april 1, 1990" . The look on his face was bewilderment.He had not seen me ever prior to accident & could believe I was actually a cute blonde girl. I'm sure he figured out who I was after going through my medical records .
Once you have a concussion you are more vulnerable to having another.Not sure exactly why
but it has to do with equilibrium.
My next concussion was 5 years ago on my "SPECIALIZED" Bicycle,my son saw the entire thing. I rode over HUGE POT HOLE,where the road was washed out next to a small bridge in a wealth community,River Hills,in Milwaukee county.
The day prior,there was white & orange Road Blocks with flashing orange lights. They were removed so I assumed road was repaired.
Hitting the rough washed out grit,i flew over my handle bars ,put my hands out to protect my body
Then my head hit,cracked my helmet and knocked me unconscious briefly. That was a worse head injury than my auto incident. 2 days later I split my head open on metal edge of cranking Window while gardening,BLOOD EVERYWHERE!
I used to say"I've been rewired" but now I am so disorganized and STRUGGLE Everyday to keep a schedule,get my life simplified.I need a Dentist,Teeth, a place of my own with a bed & closet / place to store clothes.without a car or Family members to lean on,its a Big Challenge,
But I know,IT COULD BE WORSE, so I constantly remind myself of this fact. PERSERVANCE is key.
They should teach it in elementary school.