I don't know where to start. My accident was very very similar to your, almost the exact same, only I hit the guardrail instead of a pole. The bad news is I had the same injury, closed head injury, with other injuries (multiple skull fractures, middle ear fractures of the bones, right eye nerve damage, right eye socket fracture, left sinus cavity fracture, short term memory loss). The short term memory came back but I still have major problems with it, especially in school and with basic everyday things. It seems like the effects from my accident are worse now than they were when it happened. It happened in 2002, my senior year in high school, I almost didn't graduate. Even though your are unsure and a little skeptical about your doctor not knowing that much about head injury, he is right about what he has told you. It is normal for you to be experiencing all of those symptoms. I'm suprised your not experiencing more, and having more difficulties in school. Did you need to do any therapy (occupational/physical) or anything? If you are really having trouble with memory or cognitive skills and concentrating you might want to go see a neuropsychologist. Also to help with school, there are accomodations they can help you with if you need that, like extra time for tests, a note taker, etc. It takes a while to recover from a head injury, depending on the person and other circumstances. But it is important to feel comfortable with your doctor and if you don't feel comfortable and that he is doing what he needs to do to help you get better in every way possible, that you need to find another doctor that works for you. Remember, you are paying him/her for their services. This is the second motor vehicle post ive read and posted to, it just seems that from what I've read these head injuries aren't taken that seriously. After a head injury, you need a lot of rest, and it takes a while for a person to get back on track and it just seems like the healing process is rushed. When I had my accident, I felt fine and wanted to go back to school and do the things that I was doing and get back to the way things were. I didn't really give myself time to heal. Now it seems like more problems are popping up and/or getting worse as I get older, and that accident was 5 years ago this March. Don't take this the wrong way but I guess from experience, don't be in a rush to get better with an injury like this, cuz it takes time, especially when you know and acknowlege that you already have cognitive problems (with school). When its rushed, its not properly treated and it might take longer to heal, along with the frustration. But then again everyone is different and everyone heals diffferently. I seriously think you needed more rest (more down time) than anything after that accident, with occupational and maybe physical therapy (I don't know about the physical therapy cuz I don't know how bad you were). For a head injury, you haven't even been out for a month and your up and about doing your normal activities, it sounds. That doesn't sound right. Your brain hasn't had time to heal at all in less than a month. After my accident I couldn't even walk by myself, coudln't go to the bathroom by myself, couldn't bathe by myself. But maybe you just needed more time to heal and even more doctor visits and evalutations, I know I keep saying that over and over. I hope you don't take any of this the wrong way. Just a couple suggestions, maybe a little strong ones here and there, sorry if I offended you, I didn't mean to. I hope you find doctors that can help you and are beneficial to your recovery. If you have any more questions feel free to ask me. I know a lot about this kind of thing, I'd love to talk to you if you have any other problems about your accident. I hope you recover, quicker than I did
Hang in there and good luck!
p.s. just remember that everything your experiencing IS normal