About 11 months ago, Geoffrey Eadie was leaving a medical appointment, having just completed treatment from surgery – minutes later he was lying on the road, looking up at his shaky bloodied hand.
Geoffrey was hit by a car – his head connecting with the car’s windscreen, causing fractures in his skull and other very serious injuries. He vividly remembers waking up on the road, and being worried, of all things, about the state of his new shirt.
“I recall suddenly lying on the road, wondering what was going on. Ambulance officers stepped into my view and started talking to me. They cut off my shirt and my next thought was I have hardly worn this,” he said.
He blacked out again shortly after and woke up in hospital. He wishes he could have thanked the people who called the ambulance and helped to stabilise him.
Geoffrey sustained a traumatic brain injury with three skull fractures, significant hearing loss, fractured ribs and three fractures to his left foot. He was then accepted into the Lifetime Support Scheme, giving him access to intensive rehabilitation support.
“My LSA service planners, Caitlin and Elissa, actively helped me to recover from my very difficult condition,” he said.
Geoffrey has been through a lot in his recovery journey. Coping with noise, which can become very overwhelming and dealing with memory loss and depression.
“My memory was really affected and I’ve found it very hard to concentrate, focus and read. I was depressed for a long while. I was moody and easily irritable. I have no doubt that my recovery happened due to the services and the support I’ve had. Without all the assistance, my recovery would have taken much longer.”
Geoffrey is slowly returning to part time work, on reduced hours, in a very supportive workplace.
Even in a supportive environment, the invisibility of traumatic brain injury (TBI) has provided its challenges.
“I still receive strange comments; I think the community really doesn’t understand traumatic brain injury or how much it affects a person. I have explained to many people that a TBI is like a fingerprint, as everyone living with one is affected differently. I explain that it is the unseen disability, which is something I learnt during rehab.”
“TBI injuries may not be physical, people can see you and make incorrect judgements that you look okay, therefore should be okay. This makes me grateful for the support from family and the LSA.”
“The road to recovery from a TBI is long and these wonderful people do understand and help in way that makes a huge difference. My deepest gratitude goes out to all of my helpers!”
Image – above right: Geoffrey Eadie and his wife Jackie.
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This article was featured in the April 2016 Edition of LSS News. The LSS Update is a quarterly enewsletter from Lois and the LSA team.