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The Test Drive

On March 25th, 1971 I was offered a test drive in the new Porsche 914 – but the salesperson said that business policy was that the employee had to drive the car away from the dealership. I never got to drive the car. In fact it was years before I would get into a Porche 914. The salesperson drove up toward Skyline Boulevard and seemed not to care for the Speed Limit. Then he began a curving right turn at 85 mph (posted at 35 mph) and when he started to shift down a gear, he could not get it into the lower gear. The car drifted across the center line of the 2-lane road – into the path of a Plymouth sedan. We collided.

When I awakened, all was dark. Then I began to hear something, so faint that I could not tell what it was. The sound repeated, becoming louder – someone was saying

Are you OK? Are you OK?

My vision began to return and I moved back onto the seat. I had been lying on the floor in front of the passenger seat.

The Ambulance

I was helped out of the car, and I heard someone say

He’s bleeding

and someone put something on my head. An ambulance came and took me back into Portland to a hospital and I drifted in and out of consciousness. I remember being in an operating room and someone was doing something with the top of my head. Then a voice said

Better call the resident neurosurgeon.

I awoke sometime later and – evidently the neurosurgeon – said “Don’t take such small stitches, get him sewed up to stop the bleeding.”

How did I get Home?

I am still not clear how I got home. The hospital released me with a turban bandage and a concussion that later tests said caused “15% permanent brain damage in the memory and short-term memory areas.” It still seems strange that I can remember those words, when my memory is so sporadic.

That is probably the worst concussion I have had, but that’s just conjecture. With nine concussions, how can we know what is the “worst” of them?

Living with Brain Damage

This blog will contain my thoughts and feelings about traumatic brain injury (TBI), as I am able to move into the memories, the details of living with brain damage, the research about TBI, and the Good News.

The Good News, so this first post ends on a positive note: Our brains “over-learn.” They store information in different areas of the brain about how to speak, how to write, how to ride a bicycle and much more. Recovering from brain injuries for me is really a process of

  1. Getting past the “I don’t want to look at what happened. I don’t want to do exercises that remind me of new limitations.”
  2. Getting myself to do the mental exercises that connect the existing pieces of information to the others.
  3. Relearning some missing information, skills, and building new habits.

Also, you can read the follow up Post here.

Let me know your thoughts about this post, will you? I appreciate it.

6 Comments

  1. Shawna Cecil on September 6, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    While reading your story I felt a sense of hope in my heart for all those who have suffered from TBI or any other condition in which they thought their was no cure or way of transforming. Your perseverance, courage and strength are an inspiration for all of us wishing to heal and transform ourselves.

    • Terry McGill on September 7, 2014 at 5:14 pm

      Thank you, Shawna. I found the strength to persevere and the ability to recover after I started using the techniques taught by Dr. and Master Sha, but the degrees of recovery to date has noticeably stemmed from the several healing transmissions I have received from him. I am very grateful.

  2. Gloria Kovacevich on February 10, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    Dear Terry,
    I agree with Shawna’s post above. My heart opened as I read and shared your blog on FB. I feel many will benefit from reading your sharing. Anyone with the type of injury that changes how one lives (I have a chronic back injury) will benefit from reading your blog. It gives hope. And you share gems of wisdom that maybe someone else may have missed that can transform our lives just like yours has been transformed. TY for your love. TY for your perseverance. TY for all that you do.

    • Terry McGill on March 12, 2015 at 9:52 am

      Thank you for sharing your insights that come from living with an injury. Love and Blessings for the healing of your back.

  3. Liz Gee on March 12, 2015 at 8:25 am

    Dear Terry,
    I was a passenger in a car accident this summer, and the insurance company and doctor don’t understand why I haven’t gotten better in these 9 months.
    I emailed you once about a month ago, but I am too dizzy to go out again.
    I now have a TBI.
    I’m just starting to get to the phase that I might be able to listen to audio CDs.
    Thank you for letting us know that we can turn the volume all the way down, and it will still work. Not sure If I am ready to come out to your events yet. Crowds are still daunting for me.

    • Terry McGill on March 12, 2015 at 9:50 am

      Thank you for your post. I did not receive your email. Yes, the frequency and vibration of the CD’s by Dr. and Master Zhi Gang Sha radiate healing as long as they are turned on – the physical volume is not necessary. Many people play the CD “Love, Peace and Harmony” by Dr. and Master Sha with the volume at zero, because they are in a work setting; or those around them don’t want to hear it. Love and Blessings for your full recovery!

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