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[QUOTE=LODI Patrolman]Good evening to everyone, my name is Pat and I'm new to this board. I'd like to get some feedback on some injuries I sustained at work, and whether I should continue in my present assignment. Approx 4 months ago, I was operating a 2 wheeled yamaha scooter and hit a pot hole at approx 25 MPH. I was launched over the bars and came down on my head (thankfully wearing helmet). I was knocked unconscious and spent 2 days in the ICU of our local trauma center. The following injuries resulted form the accident: I sustained a subarachnyl bleed in my brain, and herniated the c5-6 discs in my neck. I have had various neuro symptoms, including dizzyness, vertigo, and most noticibly memory loss. I took a series of cognative tests with my neurologist which indicate to him that I sustained an injury the right side of my brain(he was correct). As a result of the disc herniation in my C-spine I can only turn my head approx 1/3 of the way to the left as I can turn it to my right. I am an active Police Officer, but have yet to return to work. Does anyone have any thoughts on whether I should return to full police duties? As of now I would not feel safe, given the unpredictable and often physically violent tasks that are sometimes part of my job. Should I pursue and easier softer line of work, or possibly a desk assignment? What I am most worried about is another injury to the head which may leave me in worse shape, do to the cumulative nature of head injuries. Any thoughts are appreciated. Thanks,Pat.[/QUOTE]


Pat,
As the wife of a retired NYPD out on 3/4, I would suggest desk duty for a long time. I have had 3 cervical spine surgeries and it is no picnic. How on earth would you be able to apprehend a EDP on a wild rage??? You can do more damage to you c-spine not to mention your head. You said that you get dizzy spells??? Thats a no no for PD work. Memory loss..... ???? Cant drive a car????? How you seen the department Physician?? What did they say??? How many years on the job??? Sorry for all the questions just want to get the details correct.

Lori


LAMI L4-5 2001
ACDF C5-6-7 2002
ACDF C4-5, AND REVISION C5-6-7 2/25/2004
STAPH INFECTION 7/4- 7/9/2003 ANOTHER HOSP. STAY





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