I had a car wreck in 1998. As a result, I sustained a brain injury. At the accident scene, I declined a trip to the emergency room, since I was thought to be uninjured and the police thought so too. You see, my head didn't impact anything
, but a few days later, I would find that I did indeed sustain a serious injury...to my brain
. It wasn't until it was explained to me by a specialists that I understood how the brain is injured.
Here is how the specialist explained it to me when I told him that I didn't hit my head, so didn't believe there was any injury.
Break an egg into a bowl. Move the bowl rapidly and you'll see the egg move in the opposite direction, hitting the side of the bowl. Stop the bowl suddenly and the egg will hit that side of the bowl. That is how your brain reacts inside your skull.
It amazes me that no matter how many times I repeat the story of my brain injury and how it occurred, everyone just ignores it...Again, my injury occurred without ANY impact at all. Just a sudden jolt... My accident involved being broadside by another car going about 20 miles per hour. I had a whole car absorbing the direct impact, but it couldn't protect my brain from the sudden change in direction.
I think we're forgetting that it isn't always about how much the helmet can absorb in any kind of sudden motion...but how much the brain can absorb when it impacts the inside of the skull.
...As my specialist told me...nothing can protect you from a concussion that will do serious damage to the brain.
In other words, with a helmet, you'll still be drooling, but you'll look better...
One of my co-workers always asked where my helmet was if it was a day I decided not to wear it. Until she had to do clinicals in the brain injury unit at the local hospital. She walked up to me and said that now she understood what I had been telling her about how the brain is injured and related what doctors had told her about helmets (all kinds) and how ineffective they are or can be. The point is, she just took everything said about how safe helmets are at face value and tried to force that belief on those she thought were doing dangerous things, like riding a bicycle.
based on my experience, I do not take too seriously a comment from a paramedic or ER doctor...who states as fact that death would have been the result if a helmet had not been present....since I had a brain injury and each missed all the symptons and signs. If they don't understand brain injuries and how they occur, their remarks are simply opinion. For me, since I had no external injury, the doctors I first visited believed I had no head injury and released me.