BEING IN HOSPITAL
“Waking up in a hospital was confusing, not only for me but for my family, too. I didn’t necessarily wake up crying due to my injuries because I didn’t fathom their extent at the time. I was suffering from memory loss after being in a coma for a month. The weird thing is, after learning that I had been admitted following a car accident, I automatically assumed that I had fallen down the stairs at school. In my mind, I was back in high school.
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I remember asking my family to tell the principal that I was injured, and so wouldn’t be at school for some time. I don’t know why I did that because it never happened, and yet that memory was vivid. My family members had to reintroduce themselves, and even tell me what ‘mama’ meant. Luckily, I still remembered my name. To be honest, I don’t recall how I felt during those first few weeks, and I hadn’t grasped just how bad my accident was. I didn’t have access to the outside world or my phones, so everything I saw or heard came from my family and friends.
During those four months, three of my friends were cleared to visit. They also had to reintroduce themselves, show pictures of us in happier times and share memories with me. I started regaining my memory while still in hospital, but it was mostly random things or if someone shared something in full detail.