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Loss of Consiousness and With No Memory of the Accident

post #1 of 24
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Anyone have an accident with Loss of Consciousness (LOC) and to this date you still don't remember anything about the accident except waking up later wondering what the hell happened. 

 

My accident in the early 1990s I woke up on the snow feeling like I got run over by a tractor trailer and blood running down my face from snow abrasions. The last thing I remember was skiing behind my 10 year old daughter making short radius turns down the fall line.    I looked over to my right and there was the guy lying on the snow that hit me in the back.  My LOC was caused by 3 skull fractures.  No helmet, it was 90s.

 

I was just thinking about that this morning. 

 

I still have no memory of that accident. 

 

Everyone have a safe Memorial Day weekend.  Watch out for the other drivers on the road. They don't always follow all the of the road. 

 

 

 

post #2 of 24

I had a similar incident in the late 80's.  I had gotten off work for a couple of days during an early drought season in Tahoe & made the drive up to Bachelor.  I decided to take a run in their little pay course, where I hooked a tip & went down hard.  When I woke up the Race Dept. guy was on the chair above yelling to see if I was okay.  I had no idea where I was, till I looked around & recognized it as Mt. Bachelor.  I had no idea how I got there, & kept thinking I was supposed to be at work & that was a long ways away.  I went & found patrol so they could check me out.  I slowly remembered my name & address, but I didn't know where my car was or where I was staying.  They said I had rung my bell pretty good.  I remembered my friend Janet worked there, so I went & found her.  Later in the day once the parking area began to clear out, we found my car with the motel key in it.  She told me where the place was & by the next day things began to come back to me.  To this day I don't remember the long drive up there.  It was actually kind of a sureal experience.

JF

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I had a similar incident in the late 80's.  I had gotten off work for a couple of days during an early drought season in Tahoe & made the drive up to Bachelor.  I decided to take a run in their little pay course, where I hooked a tip & went down hard.  When I woke up the Race Dept. guy was on the chair above yelling to see if I was okay.  I had no idea where I was, till I looked around & recognized it as Mt. Bachelor.  I had no idea how I got there, & kept thinking I was supposed to be at work & that was a long ways away.  I went & found patrol so they could check me out.  I slowly remembered my name & address, but I didn't know where my car was or where I was staying.  They said I had rung my bell pretty good.  I remembered my friend Janet worked there, so I went & found her.  Later in the day once the parking area began to clear out, we found my car with the motel key in it.  She told me where the place was & by the next day things began to come back to me.  To this day I don't remember the long drive up there.  It was actually kind of a sureal experience.

JF


 I had a similar incident, the late 80's. 

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 I had a similar incident, the late 80's. 

What...  where you were, or how you got there ?

JF

 

post #5 of 24

had one of those, when I hit a cat on my road bike, flipped onto my head, no helmet, mid 80's then. have no recollection from a few blocks before the cat until laying in a hospital bed with a robe on. my friends were telling me what happened at the scene, but 2 seconds later, I would ask, what happened? over and over. as they said: the lights were on but no one was home. good luck, and I'm told, too many LOC's is not a good thing.

post #6 of 24
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had one of those, when I hit a cat on my road bike

Bet the cat landed on his feet.

post #7 of 24

meh... i've had FIVE concussions to date, ranging from very mild to pretty severe. during my most mild one, i was just a bit woozy/loopy and i was starting to question if my accident (a bike crash that resulted in a helmet that cracked in two) even REALLY happened (although i could still REMEMBER it).

 

during my first concussion, i slipped off a bench i was standing on while wearing rollerblades and hit my head on the bench on the way down. i was in the fourth grade, had no idea what a concussion even WAS, but just knew that i could barely hear (everything was very muted), my vision was all blurry, and i was incredibly tired. so i went to sleep... which is exactly what you should NOT do (even though concussions usually make you very sleepy), because you can slip into a coma.

 

after my LAST concussion, i had LOC, anterograde, and retrograde amnesia, which qualifies as a grade III (the worst) concussion. i remember getting off the chairlift to do a park run through mammoth's main park (which builds HUUUGE jumps... 8-12' lips and 40-80' tables). the next thing i remember is waking up in the hospital 2 hours later being told by a nurse, "sorry... i need to check your vitals AGAIN (apparently for the FIFTH time)." i told her, "that's fine. as far as i'm concerned, we're just meeting for the first time." when my parents forced me to see a neurologist for a follow-up a month later, he looked at my old MRI's and asked why i wasn't wearing a helmet. when i told him that i WAS, he said that if i had not, then, that i would've still been in the hospital.

 

i've also had two more concussions thrown in there from skiing (four of my five concussions have been in mammoth... all the skiing plus the biking accident), where i had typical antero and retrograde amnesia. i forget time mostly. i have no sense of what day it is. what time of year. if i'm on vacation for some break. how old i am. what events have recently occurred. a commonality between ALL my concussions is that the details immediately surrounding the event become hazey. the worse the concussion, the hazier the accident seems. for my lightest concussion, the fall just seemed surreal and i questioned it's existence. for my WORST concussion, i have NO idea what happened for two HOURS. complete blackness... and you'll NEVER get that window of memory back. but the way i see it. why would you want to? everything else seems to come back. the antero and retrograde amnesia seem to fade completely, and i've never found myself DUMBER for it (and i'm currently in the dental school that gets the top board scores in the nation). you always worry if the damage is permanent when you are sitting there trying to quiz yourself on simple information and you realize that your brain is not doing what you ask it to (which is a SCARY feeling). but, IF my brain damage was ACTUALLY lasting, then i'm so much dumber now that i don't even REALIZE it. you'll NEVER get back the memory of your accident, so just be glad and riiide it out

post #8 of 24

I never had this happen to me, knock on wood, but the experience of one of my friends shows the strange twists memories can take.  He fell off a ladder painting the outside of his house, and his first memory was standing in the living room dripping blood on the carpet.  Apparently he blacked out without ever becoming immobile.

post #9 of 24

BMX bike wreck when I was about 14.  I rode home.  My parents said I was pretty loopy, they gave me some codine, I passed out and woke up the next day not remembering much of the previous day at all.  I now remember the first part of the wreck, but not getting back up and riding home.   

 

Then there was the time I was drinking tequila with a bunch of fraternity brothers and someone got out 2 pair of boxing gloves..

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had one of those, when I hit a cat on my road bike, flipped onto my head, no helmet, mid 80's then. have no recollection from a few blocks before the cat until laying in a hospital bed with a robe on. my friends were telling me what happened at the scene, but 2 seconds later, I would ask, what happened? over and over. as they said: the lights were on but no one was home. good luck, and I'm told, too many LOC's is not a good thing.


Haha, I remember a mountain bike ride that got cut short when Guy ran over a dog on the gravel road approach. "What happened?" "You hit a dog." "What happened?" "You hit a dog." Over and over again. While we waited in the ER, a man came in with a barbed fish hook in his nose which provided some comic relief. Guy was wearing a helmet of course, we were going for a mountain bike ride.

 

I've hit my head hard enough to suffer temporary memory loss on a few occasions.

post #11 of 24

taking the opportunity to provide information at your expense. Never take opiates when a concussion may exist. I been there enough to have heard the doc deny morphine for the broken leg if the head was concussed. just a safety note for self medicators.

 

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BMX bike wreck when I was about 14.  I rode home.  My parents said I was pretty loopy, they gave me some codine, I passed out and woke up the next day not remembering much of the previous day at all.  I now remember the first part of the wreck, but not getting back up and riding home.   

 

Then there was the time I was drinking tequila with a bunch of fraternity brothers and someone got out 2 pair of boxing gloves..



 

post #12 of 24

walking around in lots of gauze after the cat-crash, friends would ask, mostly girls, what happened to the cat? I was all: I don't give a sh............ 

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Bet the cat landed on his feet.



 

post #13 of 24

 

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meh... i've had FIVE concussions to date, ranging from very mild to pretty severe...

 

This thread may be of interest to you:

 

http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/showthread.php?t=127641&highlight=stacking+concussions

post #14 of 24

I decided to straightline highlands bowl one fine march day back in 07. The snow was super smooth and windbuffed, with no bumps or moguls, even down in the run out. I had been constistently skiing it in four to seven turns all winter long, so it really didn't feel like that big of a step up. First time was no big deal, fun, but almost relazing, so I hiked up and gave it another go.

 

I guess it must have gotten bumped up a bit in the runout between my runs. Last thing I remember was dropping in, accelarating, and seeing the whole 1000 foot run below me. Then I woke up without my helmet, jacket, poles, skis, and one of my long underwear tops. There was already a patroller a few feet below me hiking up, telling me to just lie stilll.

 

It definitly screwed with my confidence for a while. Not knowing what mistake I made, or what I should have done differently was hard to accept. After a while I just said screw it and started skiing fast again, and haven't had any real falls since then, save one.

post #15 of 24

what should REALLY concern people with multiple concussions is an increased correlation with dementia, alzheimer's, schizophrenia... i'll be batty as phuck by the time i'm 50!!! 

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This thread may be of interest to you:

 

http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/showthread.php?t=127641&highlight=stacking+concussions



 

post #16 of 24

Meh, I've always been a bit of an oddball. Maybe if I hit my head a few more times I'll end up a bit more normal.

 

 

 

 

You're right, I better not hit my head again.

post #17 of 24

Back when I was in college, I once woke up under a bush with no memory of how I got there; rum & Coke and Yukon Jack will do that sometimes.

post #18 of 24

yeah but I cant find the thread anymore because search sucks on this site.

 

but TGRs search engine is still super easy to use.

 

http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/showthread.php?t=88629&highlight=Bush+takes+trip+tripped

 

I still am missing parts of days leading up to wreck.

post #19 of 24

Road bike and a Cadillac in '87, still not sure how he picked me out of a line of cyclists. Lights were on, but nobody home. Wife said I was talking to the EMTs the whole time they were loading me into the wagon. Meanwhile, a group of angry cyclists were all over the driver of the caddy.

Apparently he hit me on the calf while trying to squeeze by us....didn't quite make it.

I landed on the back of my thick plastic helmet, which cracked at the rivet, but the brain bounced around in my skull.

3 hours later I "come to " in a hospital bed with my wife and parents standing over me. I passed the EEG the next morning, but I had no memories of the incident, and it took me days to plug-in first names with last names. I think I made a full recovery.

 

Killington January '80 I impaled the backside of a mogul just below the mid-station on "Crashcade" and wake up with the ski patrol and wife over me. Broke all my ribs on the leftside and cracked my C1. No memory issues there, in fact, the ribs and neck reminded me every day for about 6 weeks. That's how long it took me to get over that one.

Still managed 55 days that year, but I was shooting for 70!!!

 

First good brain bounce was in high school when someone shoestring tackled me at full speed and I didn't get to break the fall. Landed on my head and neck, pinched nerve had the team medic freaking out. Slurred speech, numbness down my right side and one whale of a headache. I think I've been lucky so far!!!


Edited by snokat - 5/25/2009 at 04:12 pm GMT
post #20 of 24

 

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Anyone have an accident with Loss of Consciousness (LOC) and to this date you still don't remember anything about the accident except waking up later wondering what the hell happened. 

 

Accident? What accident?

post #21 of 24

I was driving the middle car of a three car accident in 1981 and had to have the officer tell me what happened when he called ME to get a statement a few days after the wreck. I remember telling someone my home phone number but I don't know how I got out of my car or to the hospital-even now. I got knocked out when I was snowboarding in Tahoe in 2005(I think). It's like a hole in the trip. I remember cooking breakfast that day and then lying on the bed with my hands on my eyes sometime later. The next day I was fine, I just thought it was Saturday...

post #22 of 24

This past Thanksgiving I was at Breckenridge going up a peak 8 lift, mid morning, for one more run before returning to condo to pickup others. I remember being on the cat track heading for the trail and my next memory is sitting in the restaurant at the mid mtn base. My only memory is of another skier asking if I was all right. I cant remember if I replied or how I got to the bottom.  It took me about 15 minutes to realize where I was and how to get to the condo. I had no injuries but had marks on my face as if my helmet had pushed my goggles into my cheeks.

post #23 of 24

Not ski related but it happened. Once.

I was pushed against a wall by another kids while going on a bycicle.

Said kid was disagreeing with something I had said...

Last thing I remember was me screaming and the wall getting closer.

I woke up lying on the ladders bringing to my cousing flat, while he was unlocking the door..

He told me that the village cop had brought me there.

Stil there's that 10-20 minutes gap between me hitting the wall and me waking up (or becoing concious again)...

I was, oh, 10-12...

 

post #24 of 24

I was waiting for a friend at the bottom of a run on my local mountain. It was and easy little green circle(we were going in for dinner) Next thing I know I was sitting on my couch at home. What I am told is a snowboarder broke a binidng and plowed into me form behind. After that I got up and skiied the rest of the way down the mountain.... to this day I still ahve no recollection of the events from when I was waiting till I was home.

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