I recently received the honors of joining the fine ranks of those who have incurred a serious head injury. I fell at work and my head made firm contact with a desk and then a concrete floor. This resulted in a Temporal Basial Skull Fracture from behind/below my right ear and extending up toward the top of my skull. In all, about a four or five inch area. The impact resulted in a brief seizure and multiple hours of general stupor. I cannot remember the fall, the impact, the EMT team, the neck brace and backboard, the ambulance ride, or about 3 hours of the ER visit before they gave me the honors of staying as an inpatient at the hospital for five days of testing, poking, and general invasion of what normal folks consider privacy.
The neurologist seemed only concerned with determining if I had a seizure first (causing the fall) or if the seizure was a result of the fall. They determined that it was a result of the fall and the neurologist seemingly washed his hands. He gave no further discussion or prognosis concerning the trauma to my head.
After release from the hospital I continued to have issues with focus, concentration, memory issues, and headaches. We called the neurologist office and they set up a follow up appointment. I had great expectations for this appointment as the cognitive issues I have been experiencing give me concern about returning to my particular occupation (which requires a great deal of fast paced multi-tasking, clear recall and memory, and the ability to handle multiple stimuli in quick succession all day long).
The neurologist did not seem to remember that I had a seizure at all, did not listen to my concerns, told me that I should be functioning as normal (despite my clear attestation that this was not the case), and essentially told me to return to work and driving. I am a bit concerned about this and would like to seek a second opinion... does anyone agree with this logic? Or am I overthinking it and should just slog back into the office (potentially putting those who depend on me and the acute nature of my cogitative abilities in a precarious position)?
Indebted to your thoughts and comments