Remember when your children were little and you would look at them – for hours…and they would look at you and you both would smile? You could just about see the love radiating between those two smiles! Flash forward 12 years and imagine that same moment…it’s one that I have been experiencing for the past week and a half with my daughter. Sadly, it’s not such a lovey moment…she feels it’s pretty much torture! I mean, the upside is that I now have discovered the absolute best punishment for future offenses!
She was a good sport though, because for 3 days the only thing she could do was sit with me quietly and talk. To a 12 year old that’s definitely a form of torture! I don’t think she’s ever been so happy as when she was able to spend time reading, watching tv…even if it was only for 15 minutes at a time! See, my Lovebug (guess that since she’s 12 I should probably come up with another nickname for her shouldn’t I? Let’s go with just L) got a concussion.
I’ve learned several things from this experience. First and foremost I’ve learned that the brain is a funny thing. The amount of force needed result in a concussion can vary almost as much as the time needed to recover from a concussion. We are working on Day 12 and L is still is exhibiting symptoms! Still, we are thankful because we know people who had concussions and it took months for recovery! Symptoms can vary greatly from person to person. This infographic from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia illustrates it pretty simply. L is still experiencing headaches, sensitivity to light & sound and excessive tiredness.
Secondly, I’ve learned that my daughter’s teachers are some of the most kind and compassionate people. They have really supported and been accommodating of L’s limitations and restrictions so that her high honor roll grades aren’t affected by this. It’s a shame, then, that this injury is a result of improper seating on a school bus. I’ve spent HOURS talking with someone on the school board, reviewing applicable laws and I still am not sure what I want to do with it all or if I want to do anything.
The fact of the matter is that concussions stink. That is all.