In May 1997 I fell and hit my head. It knocked me out, and when I woke up the memory of the previous 17 years was missing. The doctors that I saw blew me off and insisted that because of a history of multiplicity I couldn't possibly have a head injury. It took about 5 months until Kaiser did neurological testing and found, surprise! that there was significant neurological damage. I still have a lot of missing memories, and a lot of the ones I have feel more like movies I've seen than things that have happened to me. In many ways I'm not at all the same person I was pre-brain injury.
I've also had 2 chemical brain injuries: one from long-term termiticide exposure in 97-98 and one from solvent exposure in early 2003.
I have a lot of deficits in processing; a lot of times if the tv is on and Paul is talking I can't pull apart the two streams. I can't watch tv for relaxation most days (although as I do better that's changing) -- mostly it's a lot of work to keep up with the program, so it's not much fun. Repeats of things I've seen before are much easier to watch.
I have a similar problem with music -- older, familiar music I enjoy very much. There is very, very little new music I like -- I have to hear most things several times before I can enjoy it instead of struggling to process it. I listen to a LOT of older music these days -- Glen Yarbrough, Helen Reddy, the Carpenters, Paul Williams, America, Leo Sayer. Lots of 60s and 70s, and lots of 80s too.
Before the dx though I found TBI resources that helped a lot and reassured me that I wasn't crazy and that what I was going through was normal after a head injury.
I am very glad for the resources I found that helped show me what I was going through was normal under the circumstances. Here are some of the ones that helped, and some newer ones:
This page last updated november 2000