In the summer of 1994, my papa (JD) was involved in a accident with an 18-wheeler on the High Rise Bridge (I-64) in Chesapeake, Va. He was driving his truck carrying fruit to go to the farmers market. While in the middle of the bridge he was rear ended by an 18-wheeler truck. This accident caused him to have a lot of damage to multiple parts of his brain and causing him to have seizures for the rest of his life. Growing up I had a sister, Caitlin, who was born BEFORE his accident and I was born AFTER the accident in 1995.
Amnesia is the disruption of memory due to brain damage, as our Professor stated in class. There is Retrograde is the loss of memory from before the disruption, and then Anterograde which is the inability to form new long-term memories. I was not aware that an individual could have both Retrograde and Anterograde until i discussed this with the Professor.
Papa JD was an example of someone who had both! An example of Retrograde was after his accident he thought he delivered the fruit and did not know that he was in an accident. All JD remembered was that he was driving on the High Rise Bridge in his truck going to deliver fruit. He had a loss of memory of what happened before the accident. Papa JD was also an example of Anterograde when he would look at me and call me Caitlin. Since i was born AFTER his accident and my sister Caitlin was born BEFORE, he was not fully able to make new memories that i was his new granddaughter Rebecca, the inability to form long-term memories.
Here is a picture of the High Rise Bridge in Chesapeake, Va.