I don’t remember anything of the crash or the following two weeks as I was either in a coma or conscious but not lucid. I was told I was like a 5 year old and having vivid hallucinations. then one morning when I woke up I was ‘aware’ but groggy, befuddled and easily confused and this will be 25 years this coming August 21st. I call that, ‘the day I don’t remember but the date I will never forget.’
anyhow, I had bought a new bike and was on it’s first ride in the boonies with a buddy of mine and something happened that made me clamp the brakes leaving an 80ft skid, jump a 20ft hill, land and then skid another 40ft before I crashed into the sage brush and boulders when I couldn’t make the S curve on the road and was tossed head over the handle bars where my friend said I cartwheeled at least another 30ft smashing my head into said boulders before landing in the only clear spot.
they went for help and by good fortunes the first door they went to was a GP. they called 911 and then he hiked up to me. the RCMP and fire dept has to 4x4 to my location and the paramedics parked at the doctors house and hiked up to me. they called in a medivac and flew me to the hospital. I made the front page of our local newspaper, which was me on a stretcher with my arms and legs hanging off the sides because they had to sedate me after I became combative when I came-to, a very common thing after severe head trauma.
I had just turned 19 and was still living at home, but my folks were out of town visiting friends so my buddy let some of the elders in my congregation know what happened and they said the swelling / bruising was so bad that I was unrecognizable. when my parents got back, my mom said my head was swollen, purple and the size of a basketball. I had a helmet on, which is likely the only reason I survived the crash. the RCMP used their crash equation and estimate I was going no less than 80kph (50mph) when it happened.
so yes, I was lucky on top of luck that was already there. TRIPLE TRIPLE TRIPLE LUCK! LOL! I know this as the type of injury I survived is called a DAI or Diffuse Axonal Injury which has a 90% fatality rate. these types of injuries don’t have lots of single point damage but rather spread throughout the brains structure causing deficits to almost every process / function of the brain. the fatality rate is so high because the damage disrupts the brains ability to manage the body and you die from ‘everything’ failure.
I know all this from the stories told to me by my friend and family. my dad actually went to the crash sight and wrote down all the crash sight details and drew me a diagram of what happened and despite the fact I have so much memory damage of my past and so many issues with my short term memory, this story is burned into my mind.
but you know…I’m glad this happened to me as it caused a dramatic personality change and it was for the better. it turned me from being an asshole to someone nice and considerate. I don’t remember this asshole, I only know I want to be and like to nice and helpful since I woke up in the hospital.
NOW…back to original programming,