I was in coma for three months as the result of a motorcycle accident in Thailand. This site was a place to record my progress in recovery, and for memory having forgotten and forgetting much. Now it is a blog for my many rants, a conversation with self. Online I can access this diary globally, I don’t need to remember my notebook. Below there is a category coma that shows all posts about recovery. My twin brothers site while I was out is over here. An important post about recovery is HBOT (Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy). My blog aims to help other coma victims. From my personal experience I would say getting off the institutional drugs was the most important thing for recovery. Many of the prescribed drugs perpetuated my displacement, the most troubling was olanzapine. Medicine is really good for breaks, cuts, and obvious physical damage but doesn’t really understand the complexities of the brain. Sure we know the brain controls our bodies but when it comes to it’s nuances and how the brain handles memory we aren’t too close.
Victims have already experienced coma so try not to displace the brain further with drugs, try being as natural as possible and just work on your memory. Try to remember. Most of all relax. I’ve had setbacks frequently. If through recounting my experience of coma I can help others that would be great. Several trips overseas have helped, I write now from Thailand but still type with my left hand on the iPhone, I was right handed before coma. For the non physical effects, consciousness, don’t force memory but encourage it, just try to be yourself again. Yesterday I was taken for a stroke victim in Thailand, it happens to me quite often. A practicing French nurse holidaying in Thailand thought stroke, another person in Thailand took me for a stroke victim. When I was in hospital staff thought stroke. Perhaps I can help others who have had Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) by recounting my experience of it. Even standing in the shower is difficult for TBI victims, we have a problem with balance.