The rider was me at 22mph I came off the bicycle and from the rear facing camera, seem to have come to a close to instant stop. My head hit the curb and I was unconscious at the scene for roughly 90 seconds during which time 2 cyclists had stopped, and called an ambulance as blood was coming out of my head.
Whilst waiting for the ambulance two doctors on their drive to work also stopped and by this time I was conscious. They offered to take me to A&E as it would quicker than waiting for the ambulance.
I was lucky.
Despite my head taking all the impact, I had no broken bones and neck and spine vertebrae were all aligned. I did suffer a minor brain injury (TBI) though and that is why I created this thread, for awareness. I think everyone should be familiar with symptoms and after care / support options in case you find yourself or a friend in that situation.
The helmet stopped my head cracking but does not really stop my brain slamming up against my skull on the inside which is concussion.
I suffered a small bleed and frontal lobe swelling and was kept in hospital for 4 days under neural observations before being discharged.
On discharge I suffered with dysfunctional short term memory and also couldn't filter distractions out and focus, so a family meal at a restaurant became quite overwhelming for me being aware of all the sounds, foot traffic etc. This was very scary because I hadn't been warned of after effects and didn't know if it was permanent.
On the scale of things, my brain injury is very minor and as such, it's easy to kind of fall through the cracks in terms of care / advice. I found getting after care very challenging but am lucky enough to have a good support network who pointed me in the right direction.
The after effects I am suffering are common and known as Post Concussion Syndrome (PCS). Despite how common it is, there is some ignorance even in medical / GP circles. There is a UK charity called headway that has a wealth of information on their website:
This is my first post on this website despite some years of browsing (after buying a new 2005 fuji track) and it may look a bit spammy but I really urge everyone to just skim some of the information that headway have.
I seemed quite together at the scene of the accident and my concern is that maybe someone might have believed I was fine if they weren't as careful or aware of concussion. The biggest danger with concussion is taking another blow to the head, in my case as I had a bleed another blood could worsen the outcome.
It is now a moth after my accident and thankfully I am starting to feel more normal. My ability to filter out background activity is almost 100% although I still have to concentrate a bit in busy environments. I have being making a phased return to work and short term memory has also improved although still not 100%
I'm not allowed to cycle (or drive) for 6 months mainly as a precaution which is why I browsing the forum once again.
I think headway is a great source of information and perhaps something on concussion dangers and aftercare could be added to one of the sticky threads?
I'm not an expert but will try to answer any questions that any of you have on my limited experience.
Below are some search words that might help someone searching in the future. At present the linked site explains all of these:
event amnesia / post traumatic amnesia
Brain haemorrhage, bleed
agression / (sexual) disinhibition
subdural hematoma, contusion, subgaleal hematoma
concussion / concussed/ unconscious