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Yes, all the time 111
No, never 15
Sometimes 43
Yes, if it looks like head injury is possible 14
Sometimes, if i dont know the climb 0

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Wearing helmets 16-Nov-2005 At 1:17:24 PM DaCrux
I always wear a helmet. Why? Because Iíve worked on orthopaedic and neurosurgical wards. Maybe I should describe some facts about brain injuries for those who do not wear helmets. Imagine spending the rest of your life having no control over your bodily functions. Yeah wearing nappies is sooooo cool! You can even get prana once (not!). Sitting in a chair and being restrained so that you do not hurt yourself or other people. If you have a frontal lobe injury all your disinhibitions come out and you become aggressive and your actions may be inappropriate (to use a medical term). Your friends will come and visit you for the first couple of weeks and will be really concerned about you Ė but you may not be able to recognise them, and after trying to grope some of them theyíre unlikely to be back. In fact after about a month only your family members will come and see you. Itís soooo cool watching your mother and your father totally traumatised by seeing their son or daughter in a vegetative state. Oh and nursing homes or long term brain injury units are really cool too. You get woken up at a ridiculously early time and shoved in the shower. Then you get fed Ė often disgusting minced stuff as you may not be able to swallow properly. Or even better you get fed through a tube in your stomach. Then you spend the rest of your day sitting in your chair or wandering around aimlessly. If youíre lucky your family members (who are still experiencing guilt or denial) may come and see you once a week. Oh and they do not have internet access in nursing homes so you cannot even go on chockstone when youíre bored. Great existence indeed.
(Sorry if Iíve offended any people who have loved ones with brain injuries but Iím just trying to emphasise a point).

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