After four days, she woke up in healing center, unfit to walk or talk.
“One moment I was feeling unwell and searching for the latrine, the following I was in a healing center bed in a peculiar place,” said Zalehka, 29.
“The specialists would request that I point to the entryway or to my head or my elbow. I couldn’t comprehend what they were stating. I couldn’t talk so they gave me a white board, which I didn’t get it. I cried on the grounds that I didn’t recognize what was occurring.”
The fall had caused a broken skull and a seep on the mind, and Zalehka couldn’t walk, talk, read or compose.
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Following eight days in Ireland, she was flown home to Wales via air emergency vehicle and spent the following three months at the University Hospital of Wales and Rookwood Hospital’s spinal and mind wounds unit having escalated treatment.
Yet, the mishap additionally caused serious wounding to one side frontal projection, the piece of the mind that controls feeling and identity.
For Zalehka, who needed to quit acting as a chief beautician at Belle Toujours hair salon in Cardiff, it has implied a total change in character.
“I used to be the life of the gathering and now I can’t feel fervor or get energetic about anything,” she says.
“I discover mingling overpowering so I remain calm in a room loaded with individuals and request that companions present me. I’m aware of my stammer [a aftereffect of the accident], and I have upheavals and emotional episodes.”
The previous summer, things got so troublesome that Zalehka, from Penarth, connected with Headway, the philanthropy that enhances life after cerebrum damage.
“I let them know, ‘there’s some kind of problem with my head’ and they spared my life,” she said.
Presently she goes to their inside at Rookwood Hospital in Cardiff twice per week, where she has two days of treatment and goes to Llandough Hospital’s day unit three times each week.
“Consistently, I do language instruction and physiotherapy,” she said.
“I can’t taste sustenance and I don’t feel hungry so word related wellbeing are attempting to enable me to need to eat. I’m on a weariness administration course and they do workshops on understanding cerebrum damage.
“It’s stunning. They have places for you to go and rest. I’ve met stunning individuals who’ve experienced a similar thing.”
Zalehka now composes a blog to address a portion of the inquiries she’s asked and the misguided judgments around her mischance and has gotten messages from individuals everywhere throughout the world who are either managing mind damage or living with somebody who does.
On the blog, she expresses: “Envision being 27/28 years of age and endeavoring to relearn all that you would have as a 1+ year old. I couldn’t significantly recall how to spell my name or what road I lived in. I needed to figure out how to talk, walk, read, think of, and so on I needed to re learn it.”
She’s been informed that while the scarring on her cerebrum is perpetual, she might have the capacity to ‘re-wire’ the mind with proceeded with treatment.
“The three months I was in healing facility figuring out how to walk, talk and compose were hard,” she says.
“Be that as it may, the change to genuine was harder. The adjusting to the new and improved version of myself. Individuals may see a photograph of me on Facebook chuckling and believe I’m alright, however inside I frequently feel purge like a shell.
“I get messages from mums, sisters, spouses, a mum of a four-year-old who can’t talk. She said ‘what you’ve expounded on causes me comprehend my son'”.
On her blog, Zalehka clarifies she is currently an alternate individual, saying: “despite everything i’m lamenting the young lady my identity throughout the previous 27 years and attempting my hardest to acknowledge the new young lady who is one year old today.
Just those near me will see my every day battles and I’m so appreciative for the individuals who remain by me and help me through the awful circumstances, they additionally give me the best support to continue endeavoring towards my objectives.”
She’s currently sorted out a bartering night on September 30 at Glamorganshire Golf Club to fundraise for Headway.
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“My reality was flipped around and amid my darkest time, Headway came and protected me,” she said.
“It’s just a little philanthropy and they truly do require each penny to continue doing their astounding work. I’m fortunate to have the help of other TBI (awful cerebrum damage) survivors who influence me to acknowledge I’m not the only one.
“Presently I need to help other people comprehend what’s happening in their heads, so they don’t feel alone, either.”