The lingering effects of an emotional brain injury you suffer after the death of a child is almost identical to the effects of a physical brain injury you suffer after a concussion. The reason you don’t feel like the “old” you is because you are not the “old” you. You are a different person dealing with the long term effects of a severe injury to your brain, spirit, and soul. Recovery is slow, and you will never, never be the same.
I experience many of these symptoms regularly, especially the difficulty concentrating and not giving a shit, and know it is due to the trauma of losing Jake. I am not the same person I was, and don’t see how I ever will be. Death changes everything. Thank you Kelly for sharing this.
Grieving Dads: To the Brink and Back
I was recently at an event for the consulting engineering industry that I work in and ran into a couple of fellow colleagues. During the conversation, I asked one of them how a fellow co-worker and friend of mine, who currently works for his company, was doing. The response was that “he was doing well but still dealing with the after effects of a car accident he had last year.” I had known he and his fiancée was in an accident where the vehicle they were in rolled several times. Fortunately, they both had their seatbelts on and “walked” away from the accidents with bumps and bruises.
One of the “bruises” that our fellow friend had was a severe concussion. The guy I was speaking with mentioned that our friend has had some lingering symptoms from the head/brain injury. Symptoms such as headaches, difficulty concentrating and fatigue.
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