Yes, a concussion! This year just isn’t going as I had planned! First there was the IT Band injury which caused a slow start to the year, then there was the realization that I had been running for all the wrong reasons, and now there is a concussion.
You may have noticed I have been missing in action over the last week plus. Yep, I had a little accident last Tuesday that landed me in the ER and ultimately with a major concussion. So due to that, I have had to avoid all things with screens (phones, computers, tablets, and televisions – really hard this day and age) and anything that causes too much cognitive engagement. Which as you might be able to figure out, means no blog posts because I can’t use my computer or brain (I am finally getting to a point were I have to have a little fun with this).
Let me tell you what happened, last Tuesday I was home sick with the cold from hell! I had been talking to my mom about how I was feeling and she suggested a short run in my neighborhood. You see my mom has always suggested fresh air when my brother and I were not feeling well. So I figured, what the heck it really couldn’t hurt. And you know what, until I hit a patch of ice and fell on my head, it actually made me feel much better. But just under a 1.5 miles in, I hit a patch of ice and well, as mentioned above landed on my head and was knocked out. After coming to, I got back on my feet and started to walk home. It became very obvious to me that I wasn’t alright.
I made it home and then got very sick. I didn’t know very much about concussions but I did know that if the vomiting started, it was time to head to the doctor. I went to the urgent care first and they told me that I was past their point of care, so I was transferred to the emergency room. During all of this I did this all on my own, Justin was traveling for work and my parents are 8+ hours away. I was also trying not to tell my mom until I knew exactly what was going on since my Grandmother is also in the hospital and the last thing she needed was to be worried about me too.
After several doctors and even more tests, it was confirmed that I had a major concussion. And then I was told that I had to avoid anything with screens and try to rest my brain as much as possible. All so much easier said than done! However, since it was my brain we were talking about I tried to follow directions as close as possible. As time has passed I have started feeling better. The large bump on my head has gone down, though it is still painful. The headaches and nausea have subsided. I am still a little unsteady on my feet but nothing near where I was right after the accident.
The hard part about concussions is that they are not black and white, they are VERY GRAY (I hate gray)! The way they effect each person is different which means so is recovery. This is hard for me. I do so much better when I know exactly what to expect and have a plan to follow. The only thing I can expect right now is that I have to take it slow and slowly add daily activities back in.
Today, I have tired going back to work. I won’t say it was successful but it was too terrible either. I made it most of the day which is a good start. And again, that is all I can hope for.
I have to be careful because if I push it too hard I can relapse. Yes, you can relapse! So that mean I will be adding things in very slowly. That also means that running, swimming, and boxing will be on hold indefinitely. Of course, as you might be able to tell this part is probably the hardest part for me. However, my brain is more important than either of those so I have to keep my health in the forefront of my thoughts!
In closing, I want to welcome all the new readers who are stopping over from the Awesome Bloggers Grow Your Blog Hop! Thank you Kristy of Runaway Bridal Planner for hosting the blog hop! I am excited to be part of the group and will do my very best to keep up (let’s hope my brain will allow me to!).
Tell me, have you had a concussion? What was your experience? Do you have any advice?