Between the date of my incident in April 2013 and November 2014, apart from attending work, I was devoted to attending regular medical exams under the directives of my GP in Karratha and the company that I had worked for. This was done in order to search for answers as to why I had the incident and why I was having so many symptoms post incident that were affecting my health and mental wellbeing.
I think I had more medical examinations within this period than I probably had during my whole life to date but I kept focus on the goal which was finding answers.
In April 2014, I was to be diagnosed with an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). Mixed emotions ran through my mind and body at the time, for on one hand I had a sense of relief that I’ve been provided with an answer to all the ailments I was experiencing and yet a feeling of disbelief and despair hit me like a ton of bricks that I had sustained a significant injury.
I wish it was as easy as how I have written this for my journey and my families journey had really only just begun. I would discover in time that an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), to explain in my own simple way would be that the brain injury is the backbone of a fish and its bones are conditions / ailments that stem from the backbone…a result of if you like. These fish bones representing ailments such as hypersensitive nervous system, hypersensitive to sight, hypersensitive to sound, short term memory loss, cognitive issues, Anxiety, Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the list goes on.
Once I knew and understood all of the ailments that I had been experiencing, then only then could I move forward to seek treatment and rehabilitation.