For instance, a woman who suffered a “coup contrecoup” head injury in 2011 may be lucky to be alive. While travelling abroad, she slipped in the bathtub and hit her forehead on the tiled wall, according to Seven Days.

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Despite the scary accident, the woman thought she was okay, though she felt “drunk” afterward and was slurring her words the next day. But over the next several days, the symptoms grew increasingly severe. She began having trouble with her memory; she forgot how to do simple tasks, and eventually could not remember what day of the week it was.

The woman remained in denial, even when she began vomiting. But she finally went to her doctor, who sent her to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury. It turns out that when she had hit her head on the bathroom wall, her brain had sloshed around in her skull and suffered bruises in two spots.

She was ordered to undergo “brain rest,” which meant as little mental stimulation as possible for months. No computers, TV, reading, exercising or driving. Imagine working or even filling your day without these activities.

Eventually, the woman became a blogger and lecturer on brain injury. Her story demonstrates that any blow to the head can be potentially life-altering.

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