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Yes this is the first and last time I’ll talk about this in detail. I am not looking for sympathy or advice, I just want to avoid having to answer the same questions from caring friends.
So here is the sitch …
I have just spent 15 minutes on the telephone with a charming gentleman called John Hayden who is heading research into Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy which is a condition only recently discovered outside of professional sports players. As I have had a long series of bangs on the head both severe and not so, ranging from a fractured skull when I was 15, stoving-in my helmet in the motorbike accident in 2014 and whacking the door-frame in the car when that silly woman ran into me, through to general every day bumps. When I lived aboard my boat I must have bashed my head twice a day for five years although I am only 5′ 4″.
John was charming and gave me lots of useful advice including going off to have a full set of cognitive tests with a neurologist which is lucky as my pal Gilles at the big hospital is one of those and we did all that when they thought I’d had a stroke.
Apparently my Bipolar meds are very good for brain damage of most sorts and I am armed with a bit more knowledge to go and chat to Sebastian, my Generalist, about the mess in my head.
So the good news is that I am unlikely to sink into early dementia just yet, I may be able to get treatment but the sort that John and his team are using in Richmond, Virginia are not available in France. There is no bad news, well not as bad as I thought so ………… on with the show https://www.youtube.com/embed/F-t8PngHgWY“>music, please!