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10 September 2013 @ 06:44 pm
Annual Helmet PSA  
Today is the 22nd anniversary of my son's traumatic brain injury from a bicycle accident. He was thrown off his bike headfirst at about 30-35 mph and endured multiple brain surgeries and weeks in a coma, months of hospitalization and rehab that continued at home. Doctors could not even tell me for sure that he would live--the neurosurgeon gave him a 50-50 chance. He has life long disabilities both cognitive and physical. A helmet could have turned a severe brain injury into a mild one. I supported the move to make helmets mandatory for children up to age 18 and hope it becomes the law everywhere.

I think the best way to observe this day is to remind people to spread the words about helmets. I know someone who was hit by a drunk driver and had only a mild concussion though his helmet broke as it absorbed the impact. The inconvenience of wearing one is a small price to pay for such amazing protection. (Irony: my son was forced to wear a helmet even in bed, 24 hrs a day, for nearly a year until the bone flap was put back into his skull.)
litlebananalitlebanana on September 11th, 2013 02:17 am (UTC)
I don't know if you saw the entry on my blog about kids wearing bike helmets and how some idiot started arguing with me that they were pointless.
Tapatitapati on September 11th, 2013 02:58 pm (UTC)
I missed that one. I saw that expressed in a wiki page which of course made me see red. It was based on statistics, or so they said. But stats mean nothing to the family or person with a head injury.