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I was constantly 'whacked' around the head by local kids when I was young, now im in my late 50s and worry if I may get dementia ?even the school teacher got in on the act once and found it funny to smack a tennis racket over my head, much to the amusement of all the classroom.
memories can be cruel when resurfaced I guess. nope, I can't say I have any fond memories growing up as a kid, we were dirt poor and mother held two jobs to make ends meet and father too.
this meant it was just me and my little brother, who might I add had learning difficulties and was mentally challenged.
what really moves me and angers me is that a grown adult found it in his interest to put his hands on me knowing that I wouldn't have anybody to protect me.
this grown man clearly had a family and was most likely paid a good salary and im sure he is someones proud grandfather now, that is, if hes not dead already.
fast forward to 2021 and I often worry if all that unwarranted uncalled for whacking over the head by teachers and kids could develop into dementia. If it does, who will ever know what caused it ? who will even care ?
the biggest tragedy of it all, why was it all allowed to happen?
You are right, what you went through was a tragedy. I am so sorry you had to go through this, no child should ever have to go through bullying and being hit, it’s very traumatic. I don’t know very much about the causes of dementia, but I have heard it’s hereditary. I do not think it is caused by being hit on the head as a child, because the skull is so hard and there to protect you. I looked it up on the Mayo Clinic webpage and it said Traumatic Brain Injury can cause problems later in life. It said a Traumatic Brain Injury affects a persons life from then on, so you should be OK. I think you should ask your family Dr. the same question to make sure you get the correct medical advice, and I think you will feel a lot better if you do. I also think a few talking sessions with a trained family therapist would help you figure out what to do about the grown adult who put his hands on you. This adult committed a crime and the therapist will know what steps to take, of course none of this was your fault in any way. If you can’t afford to see a therapist call anyway and let the receptionist know, they will work with you to figure something out, many will see you once anyway, charge a little bit on a sliding scale, or refer to someone who you can talk to for free. You were a victim of terrible circumstances, children are supposed to be protected, and your parents were so busy taking care of your brother and putting food on the table that they weren’t’ able to protect you as much as they wanted to. Schools have changed a lot since you were there, and have zero tolerance for bullying of any kind, and teachers are no longer allowed to hit children with tennis rackets or anything else! Please call the Dr. and a family therapist to discuss this, they care, I care, and my readers care, and the Dr. hopefully will put your mind at ease about the dementia.
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