When we recover from any illness, our natural instinct is to try and bounce back. To try and get back to normal life as quickly as humanly possible.
When someone has a brain injury, that’s not possible. It takes a little longer to recover, and in some cases, a full recovery isn’t ever possible. It’s been almost ten months since my surgery now and I still struggle with the symptoms of my brain injury sometimes.
After three weeks off sick curled up under a duvet, I returned to my normal life on Monday. Well, post brain injury normal at least. Having not had to concentrate for a few weeks, my brain struggled with the full force return to life. My fatigue hit full force and I found myself napping as soon as I got home from work every day.
Thankfully, after a few days, I had started to readjust to the concept of being awake and the cloud of fatigue had started to lift. I had a day booked off from work on Friday and managed to take part in everything I’d got planned without my fatigue getting in the way too much.
So, whilst this episode of heightened fatigue only lasted a few days, it’s evidence that my brain still hasn’t recovered. The MRI I had while I was in hospital recently showed that whilst everything is heading in the right direction, there’s still abnormalities in the tissue in my brain, and that will take a while to change. I’ve just got to accept the fact that for the foreseeable future it’ll take me a little longer than average to recover from bumps in the road.
In a much more positive turn of events, I’ve finally had my appointment confirmed for my hearing assessment in December. The whole process of initial hearing assessment through to having surgery to place a hearing implant takes around three months, so hopefully my the time I turn 25 on the 1st March, I’ll have my hearing back!
So however bad the last month has been, I’ve got a lot to look forward to over the next few months. I can’t wait to get my running shoes back on next week and get back to training. Donations to Headway are still coming in thick and fast and I’m getting ever closer race day, and my fund-raising target. My health keeps throwing spanners in the works, but I can’t wait to cross that finish line!