"My head hurts." That was the only thing I could think when it happened... "It" started out as a ride down a hill on a razor scooter, and ended with a Traumatic Brain Injury.
When I woke up from blacking out, I was confused. My first question was, "Where am I?" From there, it went to, "What's my name, why does my head hurt, who are all of the people around me?", and the questions continued.
My friends explained what happened telling me this: "You are at a birthday party. We were playing tag and you were following your friend, who was on a bike, while you were on the scooter. You started going down the hill and then you crashed at the bottom. You fell off and hit your head."
Following the injury, my friends got my parents on the phone. My parents asked my friends to call my grandparents and take me to the hospital, while my parents started heading back home to Grand Junction.
At the hospital, I had a CAT Scan and found out that I had a large skull fracture, a brain bleed which was throughout quite a bit of my brain, and a concussion. After many hours in the Emergency Room, I was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The next afternoon I was transferred to the pediatric center for two more nights (because I was 14 at the time.)
After I got home from the hospital, I spent all of my time at home doing nothing.
When you have a concussion it feels like your entire life is taken from you for a period of time. No sports, no school, no cell phone, no television, no internet, no music. Pretty much everything you are used to doing is gone. Along with that, I had the typical concussion symptoms including a headache that never seemed to go away, dizziness & instability, memory problems, and more. Over time those symptoms went away, but while it was happening, it was NOT fun.
While all of this was happening, I felt that there were very few people who understood what it felt like to put their life on hold because of a Traumatic Brain Injury. That's when I had the idea for TeenTBI, a place specifically for TEENS to find resources and information when they have a suffered a TBI.