Protect Your Dome
Organized by: Alex Melichar
October 02, 2016
Hi pals. My name is Alex and on April 28th, 2016 my life changed forever.
I was riding my bike to work and stopped at a crosswalk. A car stopped to let me go. I went. A car coming the opposite way didn't see me. I flew over the hood and landed on my head and was unconscious on impact. The complete story is down below if you’re super curious, but this campaign isn’t about me, it’s about YOU.
I want to take my experience and turn it into a learning tool for others. I already have a presentation prepared to speak on my college campus and area schools about the importance of wearing a helmet and attentive driving. The funds raised through here are going towards supplies for those presentations-namely stickers with the ‘Protect Your Dome’ logo. Why stickers? Because people like free things, and people like putting stickers places. These are an effective way to get a simple message out.
Normally I would cover the cost myself, but I am drowning in medical bills and was unable to work for almost 5 months because of the accident.
If you are interested in helping out with the 80k+ in medical bills related to my accident, support my etsy or RedBubble! https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheSwagShopByAlex http://www.redbubble.com/people/alexmelichar
My full story: I was riding my bike to work and stopped at a crosswalk. A car stopped to let me go. I went. A car coming the opposite way didnt see me. I flew over the hood and landed on my head and was unconscious on impact. There was blood and spinal fluid gushing out of my left ear and both nostrils by the time the paramedics got there. I was rushed to the nearest hospital with the second most severe level of bairn injury, and had to be brought to a hospital with a brain trauma unit via flight for life.
By the time I got there my level was bumped up to 13, which is the third lowest brain injury level which was a really god sign. I somehow had no injuries other than my head But my head? It didnt fare as well as the rest of me. I had gray white brain discoloration, brain bleeding, two hemorrhages, a hematoma, a temporal skull fracture, a sinus fracture, and a base skull fracture, a split in the back of my scalp, broken left ear bones, a busted eardrum, and am now deaf in my left ear because it basically just burst open into a hole. My brain was draining itself from that ear but then my ear closed itself off and the blood started pooling under my skin. I got hit on Thursday. I was out Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Those days dont exist in my head. The first two days I was on nothing but morphine and saline. I lost 7lbs. Monday I woke up and actually realized what was going on. The doctors couldnt tell my parents the first day if I'd live or die because it was rough. They said it would be weeks of rehab and months until my brain was normal again. I was better in one week. No one can explain it.
I went to rehab just to appease them. The neuro rehab therapists were shocked. I passed all tests within seconds and got above average marks. They thought my accident had been over a year ago when really it was the week before. And yeah. I’m still deaf in my left ear and was told that my hearing will never be normal again but surgery is still going to be done later this year to see if maybe it will help. Injuries sustained: Left temporal bone had complex fracture which extended to my sphenoid sinus, left lobe had a prominent hemorrhage, left occipital skull fracture. Gray-white matter differentiation, prominent left occipital slap hematoma. Blood in left temporal parietal sulci. Disruption of left ossicular chain. Back of head scalp split open. Double the chance of parkinson. 50% increase of the chance of early onset Alzheimer's and dementia.