‘Mild’ injuries can change careers: How I’m adapting to life after a blow to the head
ANALYSIS: The bloody collision between my head and the door frame happened during a frantic Nerf gun battle with my 11-year-old daughter.
The immediate aftermath was all about staunching the blood, getting me to A&E and getting the wound stitched up. I didn’t go unconscious, underwent a short concussion test in the A&E, and was sent home.
That was in early September. It wasn’t until the following week that I realised I was concussed, though I had not been formally diagnosed, and my professional capabilities were impaired.
I tired easily. I slept badly. I was prone to headaches. My concentration was poor. Sometimes the world seemed too bright. At times I struggled for words. Once I got flustered to the point of blathering speechlessness.
I created a homespun recovery routine of working from home for 45 minutes, then lying down with my eyes closed for 15, something that was a lot easier because due to Covid-19, working from home had become normalised.
This worked well, I thought, until I crashed with an epic headache.
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