When someone has been in a bike accident, it can range from a fender bender to a devastating crash. Even the mildest of car accidents can result and tissue damage; at speeds of five miles per hour, drivers and passengers can develop cervical soft tissue injuries, and 10-15% of patients do not recover full functionality.
These events can result in life-changing damage or limitations like brain injuries.
- After an accident, your friend or neighbor might need to leave their job or switch roles because they cannot fulfill their functions. They might not be able to hang out with the social circles that they used to, or they may have to see friends much less frequently. Their lives will become an endless cycle of doctors’ appointments, pharmacy visits, psychiatric checkups and sitting on the couch as they wait to feel better.
Some of them will.
Some of them won’t.
For the ones that don’t, it takes a while to get out of the funk of post-accident depression. Doctors will very often prescribe antidepressants for this situational despair, as they also work for any chronic or nerve pain that remains target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>>, acute pain is considered to be chronic).
You, as a friend, will likely be frustrated. This is normal. You want your friend back. However, try to understand that your friend is suffering, and you need to meet him on his level until he’s back on his feet.
You also need to know that this might be where she is for the rest of her life, and that doesn’t mean that , as a person, is any different. She’s just dealing with some stuff, and she needs all the help she can get.