In early 1989 I had a motorcycle wreck while working at a NASA tracking station on Wiamea canyon in Hawaii. I had a helmet on and I was only concerned about the infections from my abraded back. Headaches started a month or so later. I mentioned the waves of vertigo to my allergy doctor during one of the annoying weekly injections. He recommended I see a Neurologist to get a quick check up and possible CT scan to rule out a concussion as the root of my issues. Turned out I did have a minor concussion located in the rear-left side of my brain, just big enough to warrant some any anitiinflamitory meds and a magic note to stay home from work due to the inability to drive for one week.
Normality resumed right on schedule and life continued its unpredictable series of twists and turns in my life. The next ten years would be some of the most random of my professional career. A west-coast relocation and some wild job choices were as unexpected as they were fun, probably worth a run through before the bad news brain comes a callin' in 1999. The years between 1999 through 2002 were the darkest ones of my life, redefining what I had called nightmares and calling into question everything I touch as 'real'.
It felt like, and to some degree still does, the whole brain crash was a big F-U after struggling most of my life to stay aflot doing my only true passion, engineering/science, for a living while growing up dyslexic and starting my early school years in the SLRD (Special Learning and Reading Disabilities) classrooms. This was back in 1971, the SLRD students were openly labeled as the dumb kids or worse.
Chapter 1 - If your a nerd kid, get good at being one ASAP
Cahpter 2 - Physics to Hollywood
Chapter 3 - Life is good, but why is my face numb
Chapter 4 - The Gamma Knife broke my brain, just slowly
Chapter 5 - Pissing off Elizabeth Taylor between comas
Chapter 6 - Rehabbing or really dead?
Chapter 7 - 35 year old infant
Chapter 8 - Back but slightly used