Please pray for my son....UPDATE in purple New Update in pink - brain scan! Results in green... Turn for the worse update in blue
My oldest son fell at track practice 3 weeks ago and hit his head. He's had a concussion ever since. I'm getting very concerned - it's scary. We're going to see the specialist this Thurs. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. Thanks.
Thank you all for your concern. You have no idea how much it means & helps. Thurs. we went to the specialist and yesterday, friday, we had a follow-up appt. with the family doctor. I am just mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausted. We were in the Neuro Center for 3 hours. Exhausting for both of us.
I am very impressed with this doctor and the Neuro Center. He is a neuroscientist and neuropsychology specialist. He was very knowledgable, understanding, and personable. He's had a lot of experience and specializes in concussions. So, we are in good hands. That part was excellent & refreshing.
That being said, it's a very horrible thing to watch your son doing the physical test and with every exercise he was swaying - gonna fall. He can't do anything with his eyes closed - can't even stand. The mental/brain wave part of the test was not great, either. But, the doctor said with the concussion that it's basically on par. Even though he's 16 - he's still my baby. I was in tears.
It's going to be a long, slow process. He wrote him out of school again for this week. It's been a month now. Then, lil baby steps of trying to do some homework. Back to school part time. Just play it by ear. So far, he hasn't been able to do anything physical or mental. The mental part of the test wore him out totally.
I am really struggling because I am a single mother and already have so many other huge burdens. Dealing with this & taking care of Josh is enough in itself. Just so over-burdened.
Plus, pray for peace for me.....I am really really struggling with anger because this could have been so preventable. It should never had happened. The idiot coaches had practice out in the rain the day it happened. He slipped on the track doing a drill.
The other part of my anger is that the trainer looked at him after he fell, cleared him and had him go back to practice AND she never called to tell me - which is protocol. She told Josh for Josh to tell me to watch for the signs of a concussion for the next 24 hrs after the fall. Thank God he even told me.....
So, I've been really woried about permanent brain damage because he kept doing things at first initially, b/c the trainer never called me & threw him back in and I didn't know how serious it was. I talked with the athletic director this past week and then the trainer. The A.D. couldn't believe the trainer never called me. The trainer lied left and right - about dates, her examine,etc. And then said - we don't call over every little scrape & bruise. So, I am calling the athletic director again on Mon. I AM FURIOUS!!!
Also, on Mon., I have to deal with the school --- taking in his excuse notes so far, getting a lil homework. The marking per. just changed, so new teachers to let know what's going on. I got a letter from the asst. principal this week about his abscenses - even though the attendance office knows. Please pray that the school and teachers will have some understanding. Some of them are real asses. So, it's just an added worry. For example, the gym teacher is carrying on about him making up gym class. So stupid on so many levels.
I just don't have strength for all the BS trauma & drama. Really struggling.....really need support.
I feel so bad for my son. It's very hard on him & me.
Thanks for listening and caring.
So, we went back to the Neuro Specialist yesterday. He's sending my son for a CT brain scan first thing Mon. morning. I'm very, very worried..... This is a nightmare! I am a single mom & have no family emotional support, help,etc. I am fried in every way possible. I was already worried sick all week as it is. He's getting worse, not better. He can't do anything.
Thank God - huge relief!!! Josh's CT brain scan came back normal - all the things they were looking for. The next step is the Neuro Specialist wants us to go back to our pcp for possible menagitis/other concerns. After that, we go back to the Neuro specialist for the continued concussion. treatment. It just seems like it's going to be a very long, slow process for him to heal.
I have addressed the situation with the trainer. I've also had a new wrinkle with the old doc sharing info. with the school. Long nightmare story....but, addressed all parties involved. I've also talked with the school repeatedly, taken excuse notes,etc. The Neuro Specialist finally wrote Josh out indefinitely. I don't see how he'll be able to return this year. The school is just not getting he can't do anything right now. It's ridiculous & draining.
Your continued prayers are appreciated greatly. Hugs to each and every one of you!!!
My son has taken a turn for the worse. I don't want to get into the details, but it's very hard on him and me. Please continue to keep us in your prayers. I appreciate it!