David Trahair - Pave Brave Challenge
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At about 5.45pm on Wednesday April 3rd, 2013, I was standing in
the kitchen at home opening the mail. My next clear recollection
was laying in a hospital bed. What happened? Where am I? From what
we can piece together, I had fainted, hit my head on the kitchen
bench and then fell back hitting the back of my head directly onto
the kitchen tiles. I was laying on the floor until my wife, Nicki,
arrived home at 6.30pm and called the ambulance.
I was admitted to the Head Injury Unit of the Princess Alexandra
Hospital. The result of the fall left me with 7 head fractures
(skull, eye socket and jaw), bleeding from the ear, a burst ear
drum, bruised eye socket and face, and a laceration to the back of
my head. In the first week of my hospitalisation I also had
pneumonia. From the point where I could communicate with any
clarity it was also apparent that I was suffering from some loss of
hearing, loss of peripheral vision, loss of taste and smell,
neuropathy in the arms and hands (pins and needles and dexterity
issues) and later it was discovered that I had damaged the
vestibular apparatus (the body's balance mechanism) in both
I was discharged from hospital on April 20th. Over the 17 day
period I had lost almost 10kg, weighing in at 65.4kg on the day
after I left hospital. Post-hospital rehabilitation began the very
next day with my wife assisting me to walk 200m on the footpath
behind our house. Over the next few weeks we worked on
strengthening my body by doing a daily walk, body weight and
resistance band exercises plus balance exercises.
I had many visits from family and friends whilst I was at home
recovering. One of my training mates asked me: "When you were lying
in bed in the hospital did you ever think that you wouldn't be able
to train again". My reply was a whole-hearted: "No. Definitely not.
It was one of the things I was looking forward to getting back
In early June I started doing some easy walk/run training sessions
with Nicki and my friend Mike (who was getting back to running
after knee surgery). On June 29th I did the 5km Sandgate ParkRun
with Nicki and my father-in-law on his birthday. On July 6th I ran
the 10km, with Nicki, at the Gold Coast Marathon. On July 21st I
celebrated my 40th Birthday by running the 10km Jetty-to-Jetty Fun
Run at Redcliffe with 40 friends and running mates.
Nicki and I heard about Brain Injury Awareness Week and decided to
put together an event to help raise money for SYNAPSE (the
organisation dedicated to assisting those with head injuries). The
first Beans 4 Brains Fun Run was held on August 18th with 80+
participants. In September, I completed my 14th consecutive Bridge
to Brisbane Fun Run and in November I was delighted to get through
my 12th Noosa Triathlon.
In 2014, I decided to have another crack at the Gold Coast
Marathon. During the preparation participating in the Geelong and
Warwick Half-Marathons. On July 6th, I finished the marathon in a
Personal Best of 3hrs 32mins 28secs. August saw us host the second
Beans 4 Brains Fun Run, this time attracting 110 runners and
walkers. To finish off the year, in November, I completed the Noosa
Triathlon and later in the month managed a Personal Best Time of
18mins 49secs for 5km at the Minnippi ParkRun.
The result of my accident has left me with a few hurdles that I am
continuing to overcome. I am grateful to my family and friends for
their support since the accident and I will be forever thankful to
Nicki for all the things she has done for me over the last two
years. I have come to terms with the permanent physical damage that
was caused by my fall but realise that it could have been a lot
Where to from
How can we raise some more funds for SYNAPSE and at the same
time help people experience the benefit, and joy, of doing
something as uncomplicated as GOING FOR A RUN?
Thus the idea of PAVE BRAVE was born. You can find out more
about the challenge here.