My skull was crushed. I was dead. When I came back to life, reality became a psychedelic dream inside billions of bolts of lightning happening everywhere at the same time. This unimaginable constant sound inside my head still trumpets like a symphonic horn section gone mad forever. Only those who hear the sound understand this mysterious reality called Tinnitus. I also have a thunderous sound of my heartbeat in the same ear. Percussion section. All of my waking hours are blasted with these sounds inside my head. If you hear the phantoms, learn coping mechanisms.
Some of us are unable to think, speak, walk or feed ourselves. Some of us are alive because of machines. Others of us are walking, talking, producing, and writing phenomenons of life. We head injured people exist in great numbers and are growing. This story is written to help deal with the growth rate of staggering deaths and mental deficiency in our world; both from accidents and combat.
This book is for those who have experienced this skull-awakening shock and for those who love one of us and are dealing with a mystical new person. Doctors and teachers have been encouraged by this story and made it required reading.
Dying can take less than a second. Being alive, heroic and healthy with a gleaming future can turn into death before the complete blink of an eye. People die with open eyes every day.
On route 619 at 13 hundred hours that July day, a three-ton troop carrier was bouncing around the curves of Quantico extraordinarily fast. Twenty Marine Officer Candidates in the back of the truck were gravely aware of the excessive speed. Three tons of steel traveling in excess of sixty-five miles per hour flipped four and a half times on the unbreakable road. One hundred and seventy-nine feet later, the trampled vehicle came to an upside-down calamitous freeze.
A part of myself died that day. Another Marine died all the way.
This book is written from 30+ years of recovery experience and guidance.