I've been struggling with this one. Just feel incredibly sad to see the initial news and worried about others that have suffered concussions when I read this article:
Kelly Catlin was a fraternal triplet. Her sister, Christine, described Kelly in an email to Heavy: “My sister was a really special person– kind, funny, empathetic, and talented at literally everything she did. She just felt like she couldn’t say no to everything that was asked of her and this was her only escape. She had suffered a concussion a few months ago and had not been the same mentally ever since.”
In a follow-up phone conversation, Christine Catlin further explained how Kelly’s mental state had changed since her injury. “At first it just seemed like physical symptoms. She was sensitive to bright lights, had headaches, had trouble studying and couldn’t train as hard.” Christine said Kelly talked about having “racing thoughts.” She said Kelly believed that the struggles she was having, both physical and mental, were permanent and began to think of suicide as her only way out.
The recovery process is key in overcoming the symptoms of a concussion.
The timetable for recovery varies.
I've known a number of people who have suffered badly for months or years following a serious concussion.
This story is heartbreaking.
It must be incredibly hard for her brave family to talk so candidly about her death, especially when it is so fresh on their minds. I hope that people suffering from the same problems Kelly did will hear about her and seek out the help they need.
"An important reminder about head injuries ..."
Walter Jacobsen's wife, Susie, died alone on a trip away from her husband.
Monitor those injured afterwards and/or get them checked out.
More broadly, and maybe of help in circumstances such as these, general head protection is a good idea. A friend of the family suffered a nearly identical injury in the same circumstances while walking two dogs that got tangled up with the leashes. Because outside of cycling the bike helmet itself isn't as fashionable, the idea of everyday wear to include head protection is on the table. http://crasche.com/products
Meanwhile for us as cyclists it has been an option for a while for a more specialized measure of protection although we don't always heed the options.