Continuing the saga . . for the few days following the head injury, I would spend time in bed, then get up and try to function, then go back to bed. I couldn’t cope with noise or light, or concentrate for more than a few minutes, and everything felt strange. David took me to the doctor again, I was told just to rest and wait again, so we did that, then got referred to another doctor, and so on . . I slowly got back to doing a little work, seeing a few students, but it was terribly tiring and I couldn’t cope with much.
I got a little better, and went to speak at a conference – had to find someone to travel on the train, I had my meals alone in a quiet place, couldn’t cope with social interaction etc – but somehow managed to give my papers (‘Did they make any sense?’ I ask myself now).
The medics told me I had a ‘mild head injury’ or ‘post concussion syndrome’, so we looked that up. It’s a label for unexplained ongoing problems following a concussion. In most people (I think, 60%), it clears after 3 months. In 60% of the people who are left, it clears after another 6 months. Etc. After 3 months, it was clear that I was in the 40% who were left. Maybe in another 3 months I’d be better?