Severe Head Injury

Hi, I’m Rocky,
I’m a Fifty Four year old single man.

In April of 2005 I was working and a drill got away from me and the handle of the drill hit me on the left side of my head. They figured it was turning at Thirty Five Hundred RPM at impact. It cracked my scull, slammed my brain into the right side of the scull, doing damage to the right side of my brain. I now deal with EXTREME Migraine headaches, seizures, dizziness and sometime sick stomach from all the pain. I had to take early retirement.

I’m a Journeyman Electrician and I Loved my job. I was working for the best company I had ever worked for in my life. This was a total heartbreak. I was a bucket truck operator and it was not unusual for me to be thirty six feet in the air working on a parking lot light fixture. Now I can’t even go up on a ladder without getting dizzy and sometimes falling down from being so dizzy. I HATE IT. I went through a divorce, lost my beautiful four bedroom home and now I live in a two bedroom mobile home that doesn’t come close tho the home I had.

I hate this and wish it would ALL just go away. I guess I can thank God I’m still alive.

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  • Rocky Land author
    5 years ago

    Well last night was a killer night. I got a bad one last night just after going to bed. I had to take my pain meds and it didn’t lighten up till around 2am, about 4 hours after it started. I hate these stupid things. I wish they would go away. Now it ruined my whole day today too. I had plans to do things this morning before it started getting hot out and I slept right through that time. Thank God I did finally get some sleep and I’m still alive today.

  • jodgo25
    5 years ago

    Rocky,
    I too had a head injury that set me off onto this lifetime of pain and suffering. I was 11 years old when I fell, head first off a child’s trapeze on my school playground. Back then, there wasn’t mulch for cushion either, I fell on pure concrete. When I came to, I could only see half of people’s faces and then went blind when I was taken out to the car to go to the dr. Ever since (and I am 41 now) I have dealt with the pain. I have a college degree but cannot work anymore due to the constant migraines. You are not alone here…..we all understand what you are going through. I think we can all relate!

  • Rocky Land author
    5 years ago

    Hi jodgo25,
    Thank You. I have a college degree too. The company I worked for paid for it as long as I kept a good grade. I graduated 3rd in my class and made the deans list. I was honored to have worked for a Great Company that helped me improve my education then five years and 4 months after graduation I have this terrible accident. I too can relate to your story.
    Thanks Again
    Rocky

  • Katie M. Golden moderator
    5 years ago

    Rocky,
    My heart goes out to you. You mentioned how much you loved your job. I also had to go out on long-term disability from a job where I felt fulfilled. It’s taken me some time, but I’m finding other things I enjoy doing and am able to do even on bad days. I hope you have something in your life that gives you joy. We all deserve that!

  • Rocky Land author
    5 years ago

    Thank You Katie for such a nice reply. I try to sing but there are so many good singers that I know, I just leave the singing to them lol. I can harmonize better with someone than just singing a song. Please keep singing ALL you can and keep your spirits high.
    Thanks Again
    Rocky

  • Rocky Land author
    5 years ago

    Hi Katie,
    Thank You. I play 13 different musical instruments and Love playing music more that anything in the world. I play the guitar at church when I’m able to go. I have a small home recording studio and I’m recording an album of the old Gospel Hymns, The ones we don’t hear in Church anymore. It’s taking me a very long time to complete because many days I hurt too much to put the head phones on, But I WILL get it completed someday if for no one else, for me.

  • Rocky Land author
    5 years ago

    Hi Nancy,
    Thank you for your kind words.
    Yes I see a Migraine Specialist and I not only take medication for the seizures but Migraine prevention too. I have to tell you, I was not too keen on seeing a woman doctor for this after going through a divorce and everything else I went through with the ex, But she has turned out to be one of the best doctors I’ve ever met in my life time. She monitors me closely and I keep logs too. This way I don’t forget anything when I see her.
    Thanks again
    Rocky

  • Katie M. Golden moderator
    5 years ago

    Rocky,
    You and I are kindred spirits. I love music and singing is my passion. I admire your ability to play so many instruments! A good friend of mine has a studio in his basement and when I feel well enough we work on a song together. Sometimes it can take us up to a year to finish one and it’s only really for our enjoyment, but I really savor the time I am able to do that. Good luck with your CD, that’s really impressive!

  • Nancy Harris Bonk moderator
    5 years ago

    Hi Rocky,

    Welcome to Migraine.com! We are so glad you are here and thank you for sharing your painful story with us.

    I can sympathize with you having my own head injury 17 years ago. Since that day my life has not been the same. Divorce after close to 25 years, unable to work, daily chronic pain, you know the drill. I wanted to let you know you are not alone, I understand.

    May I ask what type of doctor treats your head pain? If not a true migraine/headache expert, I would encourage you to see one. These doctors are board certified in headache medicine and treat migraine and headache patients like us all day, every day. An important point is that all neurologists are not migraine specialists and all migraine specialists are not neurologists. Let me share this information with you; http://migraine.com/blog/how-are-migraine-specialists-different/ and https://migraine.com/blog/looking-for-a-migraine-specialist/.

    Keep us posted on how you are doing and we hope to hear more from you,

    Nancy

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