My life as I knew it changed suddenly and quickly at 8:20 am on 18th October 2006. I suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) when two heavy metal gates came crushing down on to my forehead, severely damaging my Frontal Lobe. The Frontal Lobe part of the brain control or is responsible for:
- Memory and problem solving
- Judgment and impulse control
- Personality and emotions
- Social communication
- Planning and organising
- Sexual behaviour
So it is a really important part of the brain. After the accident the damage caused me:
- Severe personality and behavioural changes
- Mood swings
- Quick aggression
- Severe memory and concentration problems
- Difficulty carrying out simple instructions, easily confused
- Does not know how to start
- Repetitive and impulsive
- Loss of simple movement
- Sexual Disinhibition
I was taken to Hospital where an MRI scan has shown no brain damage as such, but my Frontal Lobe was a mess. Strangely I was sent home from the Hospital with the instructions to my family “wake him every 2 hours for the next 48 hours so he doesn’t fall into a coma”. For the next 3.5 months I could not stay awake – I had to sleep 20 hours plus a day, my family woke me for meals & hygiene – they kept me alive.
I had a whole raft of problems as a result of this accident:-
- My memory was so bad I was not sure who the people looking after me were – they looked familiar, but I wasn’t sure, they told me who they were – after a minute or two I have forgotten.
- Not all of my memory was like that, my long term memory was good and I could recall childhood and teenage years, however, my short term and medium term memory had gone. This memory problem went on for several months.
- STEPHEN’S STORY
- The great thing about the human brain is that so much of it is unused. When a piece is damaged, after an accident, your brain rewires what it can’t repair. Just like the rest of the human body,-you can get better. But it will take time.