Living life with a changed brain.
As fate would have it, I was performing in a musical. It was my death scene… and I hit my left temple on the ground hard enough that the whole audience heard it. I didn’t lose consciousness, but when I got back to the dressing room I remember feeling like the room was spinning and having a weird lightheaded feeling. For my birthday, friends surprised me with champagne afterwards. The next day, I figured I just had a hangover and I didn’t think it was a huge deal, but the pressure in my head and vision was particularly weird… After attending a concert that night and noticing weird vision abnormalities driving home, I went to get my head checked out the following day. I was told I had sustained a concussion but should rest and go back to work in 2 days. Things got worse from there.
I was always the type to push through illness to continue working - always a busy body! I did everything I could to continue to work (at the university, and the church, playing piano and singing) and rehearse/perform (in the musical) for two months, but things kept getting worse and worse for my head.
Here are the issues I was dealing with:
Headaches, pressure, fogginess in my head all the time
Huge problems looking at laptops
Wavy vision when looking at stationary objects
Major light and noise sensitivity
Trouble recalling things I used to be able to recall quickly
Feeling mentally and physically fatigued all the time and sleeping A LOT
Singing and playing piano (separately and together) exacerbated my symptoms
The next part of my life is a bit blurry.