Concussion

Clumsy, wavering shaky plod,
stomach awry, head pounding
sudden need to sleep.

Worrying about another fall in the dark
unable to focus, read, write
Uncertain when left alone

This loss of self all the more
frightening as it comes and goes
over years rather than the expected months

The spectre of brain injury
statistics showing a link to dementia
my life drifts part into soft shatters

Then my third Neurologist finds a treatment
and I clamber back up, armed with hope
after four years and a lost career

 

Copyright © 2018 Kim Whysall-Hammond

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13 thoughts on “Concussion

  1. Yes this is a scary situation. I fell at the supermarket some years ago, and kept getting very sleepy. After a month of this, using up some annual leave for “sleep days” I had to cut my work hours from 40 to 30 hours a week. I was fortunate that my occupation at the time allowed this. I really hope you are going to come right this time.

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    1. I’m sorry to hear of your injury. Yes, it can be very scary, and people make light of head injuries I feel. When I was first injured, my employer was supportive and I worked part time. However, I did not fully recover and they lost patiance. I took a redundancy as the stress of the situation was making my symptoms worse. My new treatment works on the inner ear and allieviates symptoms, but does not remove them. I still make ‘Spoonerisms’ all the time, which is not good in a high paced technical profession.

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