A little PSA on head injuries

When I fell while skating, my most immediate concern was the hit I took to my head. I went to an urgent care clinic to have it checked out, but the people I saw there were more concerned about my wrist. I didn’t have any of the obvious symptoms of a concussion or other head injury (no loss of consciousness, no vomiting, no confusion), but my wrist was a little broken and required a cast.

The large lump on my head that emerged soon after the fall dissipated within a day. Although a very tender spot remained, my head seemed to be mostly a non-issue. I carried on with my life as normal, working as a substitute teacher a few days, traveling to visit my parents over the Thanksgiving holiday, writing posts here, reading, etc.

About 12 days out from the fall, however, I realized I was struggling. I kept having persistent, low-grade headaches that weren’t migraines. I was exhausted, even on days when I didn’t do much. And the sore spot on my skull wasn’t getting any better. I contacted my doctor’s office–just to be sure there wasn’t something I should be doing or having checked out–and was told I likely have post-concussive syndrome. As it turns out, it’s possible to have a concussion but symptoms that don’t appear immediately. I never knew concussion could work this way or that there is such a thing as post-concussive syndrome. Thought this might be useful information to share.

The treatment is rest and no screens and no reading. I spent all of this week following those orders. I’m happy to report that I can see progress. Headaches are gone, and my tolerance for screens is improving.

This whole experience has been an education in several ways. I can’t write about it now, but soon. I hope. One lesson is that plans are really just hopes. You never know when or how they might be upended. Take care of yourselves.

3 thoughts on “A little PSA on head injuries

  1. Marian says:

    I’m glad you’re on the mend, Rita. It’s good information to have, that’s for sure. You take care of yourself too.
    xo Marian

  2. Kate says:

    “ One lesson is that plans are really just hopes. You never know when or how they might be upended.” This is the theme of 2023 for me. I hope for the most part, you are finding ways to roll with it that aren’t too frustrating/difficult. And I’m glad to hear you’re seeing improvement! Hope your head and wrist both continue to heal quickly.

  3. Kari says:

    Oh, Rita! I’d never known this! I am glad you shared it here. I felt it when you said “this whole experience has been an education in several ways.” Yes.

    I am always available to message or talk. 😘❤️

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