Message Font: Serif | Sans-Serif
No. of Recommendations: 22
Now, for the $50,000 answer: I don't know how or why I crashed, and have no recollection of the events leading up to it or after it until late Sunday afternoon.

This is not unusual. The same thing happened to me, when an Oldsmobile decided to pass someone on the right and I happened to be in that lane. The human brain takes short term memories and passes them over to another part of the brain for storage. Get whomped on the head and the transfer doesn't take place and you don't remember. It's like RAM versus hard drive; the RAM keeps getting wiped clean.

I wasn't wearing a helmet. It was 1984 and bicycle helmets were hardly known. I was an idiot, through ignorance rather than purpose, but an idiot nonetheless. I'd been riding 10 years without an accident. That day I might have been killed.

Like you, a pedestrian came to my rescue, directing traffic away and calling the ambulance. I never knew who it was, I only heard the stories later. Heck, I don't really know if it was an Oldsmobile, it was a hit-and-run. The bike was beyond demolished; my surmise was that it went under the car an I went over. But I survived. I have a mild facial palsy to remind me to this day: I smile crooked, but I can smile.

I've never gotten on a bike or a motorscooter again without a helmet on.

I'm so glad you came through it, and have great hopes for your complete recovery. Should you develop any facial ticks, hearing loss, or anything over the next 24 months remember that you have had severe head trauma, and don't hesitate for a moment to have the best workup you can. They missed mine for a full year, convincing me it was a Bell's Palsy, which it wasn't, and only after an intensive operation on the nerve bundle coming from the brain stem did things get back (sort of) to normal.

My heart sank when I read your wife's post. I am so relieved to read yours.
Print the post  


What was Your Dumbest Investment?
Share it with us -- and learn from others' stories of flubs.
When Life Gives You Lemons
We all have had hardships and made poor decisions. The important thing is how we respond and grow. Read the story of a Fool who started from nothing, and looks to gain everything.
Contact Us
Contact Customer Service and other Fool departments here.
Work for Fools?
Winner of the Washingtonian great places to work, and Glassdoor #1 Company to Work For 2015! Have access to all of TMF's online and email products for FREE, and be paid for your contributions to TMF! Click the link and start your Fool career.