I was cycling in San Diego, April 2021. On Ingraham St, in a suburban neighborhood 4 blocks from the beach. It was 4 lanes, 2 in each direction, with parking on the side of the road. I was hit from behind by an SUV going over 40mph. The driver left the scene, so it was a hit-and-run. My skull cracked open. When the ambulance came to deliver me to Scripps Memorial, I had a Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) of 3, which has a super slim survival rate. I was in a medically-induced coma for several weeks. I had 3 brain surgeries, including one to implant a VP Shunt for my newly acquired Hydrocephalus. My pituitary gland was damaged and now I have Hypothyroid. Both my eye sockets and my nose were broken, with one eye hanging out and the other deeply implanted. Neuro practitioners initially told my parents I would not survive. After a few weeks, the doctors predicted I’d be blind. My pelvis was fractured and thus ‘pinned’ – with a 6″ long and wide screw. I was inpatient for 5 months. I was not aware of 4 of them. I had to re-learn to walk, talk, dress, and recognize my family. I pulled out one of my feeding tubes. Thus my hands were wrapped in huge, puffy, gauze mitts, and restrained to the posts of my bed. Then, unexpectedly, I tore out another feeding tube with my feet. So my ankles were restrained to my bed posts, too. The full 5 months I was in the hospital, I had 3 feeding tubes in my belly, and I was sleeping in a locked tent on my bed. I was discharged end of September 2021. Doctors said I would always need a wheelchair, feeding tubes, and an at-home Nurse. Fortunately, this was incorrect. I quickly healed to a point where I was astounding Neuro doctors. Quickly transitioned from PT to a personal trainer at the gym, and 11 months after injury took my Neuro Psych exam, returned to driving and cycling. I’ve returned to independent living on the other side of the country. Hoping I find a Neuroscientist who wants to research why I healed so uncommonly well!!
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