I am 60 years old now. When I was 48 I was in a car accident which gave me a traumatic brain injury, requiring both cognitive and physical rehab.(I had been hit by the rear of a spinning dump truck.) When I was 56 I was rear ended by an 18-wheeler on Interstate-95. This caused many of the old symptoms of my first accident to come back: extremely bad headache, nausea, inability to focus, then a temporary personality swing (angry, frustrated - not myself), etc.followed by rehab again. Then when I was 59 I was "T-barred" by an SUV who ran a red light and hit me with much force. This also caused the same symptoms above. My question is about an accident I had last week. None of the prior 3 accidents were my fault nor could have been forseen by me. I am an excellent driver with nothing on my record. I am especially careful about keeping my distance from vehicles in front of me and always have been even before my accidents.
Last week I was driving at about 55 mph (I think) on a much driven familiar to me 4 lane road. The next thing I knew I had crashed my beautiful new car into the SUV in front of me. I found out later that he was waiting for a stop light and there was a vehicle in front of him who was also waiting. The first thing I said to someone after I got out of my car was "I DON'T DO THIS!" After that I said "I don't know what happened" and "I don't remember anything" , "I don't have a clue what happened" (wishing someone could tell me). My 29 year old son came (I guess I must have called him on my cell.) I could barely mumble anything coherent and was unable to follow the policeman's instructions. Thank goodness my son was there to take over for me. The police kept asking me if I wanted a paramedic and I kept on refusing, several times. Now my question is this : DID I HAVE A BLACKOUT? If so how was I more vulnerable that day? I know that I was very tired and needed to "get horizontal" (lay down) starting about 5 hours before. (Since my first accident, I know when I absolutely need to lay down, even if it's on the floor.) But on this day not only could I not lay down, I had to STAND forever until I got into my car. I will see my neurologist next week for an already scheduled appointment. I realize now that I should have tried to see him ASAP.
My meds are as follows:Depakote 500 mg 2xday for migraine prevention, klonopin .5 mg day for nocturnal myoclonus (from many years before the accident after getting incorrect meds during surgery), EffexorER 150mg/day (pm) as an antidepressant, and trazadone 50mg/day (pm) as an antidepressant). I am now getting a tiny dose of the usual concussion symptoms. (head pains, upset stomach.)
Please tell me if it sounds like I had a blackout. Looking at the intersection now (with my son driving) I really don't understand it. I couldn't have not seen all of the lights at the intersection unless I was blind, and it was a very familiar one to me with the same familiar businesses around it. Apparently I didn't even slow down I was told. There were no brake marks and the driver that I hit couldn't believe it when I kept on coming at approx. 50-55mph and never slowed down. This whole experience is so inexplicable to me. Is there anything you can explain to me? I NEVER want this to happen again.
After I got home from the accident I couldn't stay awake and slept on the couch when I didn't want to. Now my sons won't let me drive.
Thank you for your time and attention.
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