I Am A Brain Injured Girl Recovering From Post Concussive Syndrome. Ask Me Anything!
A few days ago someone pointed me to a post on Reddit where a person claimed to have Post Concussive Syndrome. It was suggested I message them, as I have been recovering for over a year. After reading the post, a few red flags went up. Immediately, I asked my friend, "why would someone lie about that? I've been going through this for a year and its been absolute hell!? I cant believe someone would make up a lie about something so terrible.
Okay, so I am using a throwaway account but here is my story. In October 2013, I got a slight bump on the head. Honestly it hurt but it was nothing too serious. As the night progressed, the pain got worse. By the next day, I was literally sobbing in pain. Fast forward a few ER visits later and countless hours getting CT' scans, poked with needles etc etc and I was diagnosed with Post Concussive Syndrome. My caregiver was told that within 7-10 days i would be okay. Boy were The Dr's at NorthWestern Memorial wrong. Its been a year and I am in horrific pain.
Background: I graduated with a Bachelors in English 2009 and taught for a few years. My life was pretty great and now its drastically different. I've gone from near perfect dictation to struggling to pronounce some words. My memory is almost non-existent. There are tons of other aspects but feel free to ask me anything.
Proof: http://imgur.com/zkD6F3m http://imgur.com/PSX5tnO http://imgur.com/aUjx5Jj here is my published article http://the-toast.net/tag/lana-epps/ My Blog: http://sweetlittlesomethingsnet.wordpress.com/
I'll try to answer as many questions as I can. Keep in mind, my memory is not the best. Also, my grammar and spelling has suffered as well. Hopefully I don't make too many mistakes.
EDIT1: many have messaged me and some have asked what lead to this. For me it's a combination of factors:I'd had several previous head injuries, I took melatonin the night before the head injury (first time) and I was sleep deprived. Prior to my recent injury I was in the process of opening a web store. I hardly slept and was extremely fatigued. Just a few weeks after my store I hit my head. Of course it's speculation but doctors figured these factors leading up, increased my chances and lead to PCS
EDIT2: good morning, I'm back to answer more questions. And thanks so much for the awesome supporting private messages