Thursday, August 2, 2012

Concussion

 Once in awhile 
I need to take a moment
and count my lucky stars....
I tear around plenty
knocking into things 
that seem to bounce off me....
without any concern for others.
I so excitedly `doodle` dance with many friends
and
realize that sometimes
I`m just too exuberant.

 My head is as hard as rock
and to connect with anyone can be hurtful.
You see people`s heads are very similar
but larger therefore more chance of problems internally.
 Sometimes this is what they see after hurting their noggins...
just a pencil sketch of reality....
with very little form, colour, and depth
Bright lights can make a scene so very jarring to the sufferer...
it almost hurts
and
going indoors
pulling the blinds and turning off all stimulus
is the only peace.

 Blurriness, dizziness, drowsiness 
are but  a few symptoms that often accompany 
causing setbacks as one stumbles through the day.
Coming through the symptoms 
and 
appearing on the other side
finds most people
fatigued and exhausted.
You see my Daddy Jim
has experienced all this and more
in 2008 when he fell skating on a frozen lake nearby.
Life changed for him 
and Ron
and me.
with so many athletes coming forward.
The way of discussing and understanding
them has changed and hopefully
will save someone 
maybe someone you know.

34 comments:

  1. Very nice, Soph.!
    Greetings from Bethany Beach Delaware. Or is that in Maryland. I can never remember.
    m.

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    1. OK I just Google Earthed you guys from Highspire to Bethany Beach...now I know how to get there when I drop by...just sayin'!

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  2. So sorry that your daddy Jim had such a bad accident.

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    1. Split second timing, Terry, it just happened as if in slow motion and you can't believe it's actually what it is.

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    1. Major hugs for him for the last 4 years...symptoms crop up in the most unexpected places and times....not 1/2 as frightening as 2008-09!!!

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  4. A lot of people don't realize how serious some concussions can be. I'm glad you've put the word out there, Sophie

    I know Daddy Jim has had a lulu and I'm sure that You and Daddy Ron do everything possible for him.

    XXX

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    1. I know you knew about this Sharon...just thought that others may learn from it and be aware.

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  5. Sending love to Daddy Jim. Sorry he suffers after his bad accident, you explained perfectly Sophie. Glad you and Daddy Ron care for him so well.

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    1. I thought that artist licence with the visuals might give others a better understanding.

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  6. We know Daddy Jim is in good paws. So if he sees those funny things at times, you'll be right there to lick him better.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

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    1. Yes, Daisy, Bella and Roxy....I trust you are there for your pawrents too....major hugs from across the waters and around the continents!!

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  7. We know that you and DaddyRon will take the bestest care of DaddyJim, Sophie!

    Love ya lots,
    Mitch and Molly

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    1. It's truly AMAZING how perceptive SOPHIE has been through all this...truly DOGS know ALL...and she is a testament to this.

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  8. Not a nice thing to happen. Love to daddy Jim. Sophie great explanation. We hope all is OK now. Take care all of you. Have a great Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

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    1. Hey Molly....we are stumbling through life one paw x 4 steps at a time!

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  9. I hope Jim learned his lesson. Skating on frozen lakes can be very dangerous. UN-frozen lakes don't hurt nearly as much when you fall.

    I hope Jim isn't still having problems from that fall. Glad to know he's got so much loving care.

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    1. Duh...is this a pre-concussion mind blip....this whole story had such good intentions...exercise, outdoors, fresh air, in wilds of Nova Scotia, and then...'slam bam thank you mam'! All over...in flash...now 4 years later and it's all a blur....Sophie has been a godsend and now I know why she has come into our lives.
      RON

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  10. Oh, that must have been a difficult time for everyone. I hope he is much better, and that you're all being careful!

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    1. CAREFUL to the nth degree, Martha....always checking and re-checking which can be tiring at times but becomes second nature as we forge ahead into this brave new world...ooooo!

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  11. Good information here, Sophie. I hope that Jim has no lasting effects from his injury.

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    1. I hope this can really help someone sometime, Pat...sharing our experiences is the right thing to do! One positive from this has been ...BLOGGING...and you all have met him and my family!

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  12. Oh, Sophie, you and Daddy Ron are so good to your Daddy Jim. I know you're taking such good care of him...lots of slobbery kisses really help.

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    1. Slobbery and super soaker wet ones!!!

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  13. So many kids are getting concussions in sports, too. A serious issue. :(

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    1. VERY SERIOUS....and with the Sidney Crosby story who is from our area...hopefully concussions will have more attention, thus education!

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  14. Very informative that - I honestly didn't know that concussion was that prevalent. It's made me think. I hope Jim is ok now.....

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    1. This is just a smidgen of info for everyone to ponder, Annie.....Jim is enjoying each day as it comes...health concerns always puts things into a better perspective!

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  15. Well, Sophie, I finally figured out how to read your new format and how to leave a comment. I have missed talking to you a whole lot. Please be careful with your roaming around, I just read about one dog that sent a bunch of candlesticks through a window and broke the window. It can get dangerous out there.

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    1. YEAH INGER.....!!!!!!
      I was so worried that you might not be the only person having problems...my readership is down and it could be due to the format or my negligence...so now I'll push on forward and tell SOPHIE to be careful like every one else!!
      Have a great week end!!!!!!!!
      Ron

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  16. Hi Sophie
    I thank you for sharing all this information with us. We all need to learn to be careful, because as you say life can change in a second.
    Today mommy was on a bike for 3 minutes and fell!! Thank goodness it was not her head that got hurt.
    You are all special to me, and I am glad you all have each other to take care of.
    love
    tweedles

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    1. Oh my..Tweedles...bicycles are a worry even though society is pushing for us all to use them. Our highway not more than 100 feet from our front door beckons us to go biking but the pavement is so narrow...in Nova Scotia the idea of wide roads is non-existent...save $ where ever they can and in this case at the safety of cyclists. SO please be careful and keep an eye on your Moms...shaking up the ol' noggin' is NOT a good thing at all.

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  17. I had a concussion a long time ago when I was a lacrosse player. Nobody made a big deal out of it so I figured that I was being a "drama queen". Now, the truth comes out. I hope that Jim is continuing to recover and get stronger.

    Now, I have migraines, and it's amazing how much the symptoms sound similar to a concussion. The only difference that I hear in your description is that I get a "light show" with my migraines, a dazzling array of lights in my visual field that's entirely produced by my brain. Very weird.

    The comment about "unfrozen" lakes made me chuckle!

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    1. The "unfrozen" comment was from fun guy, Mitch...he's pretty good with levity.

      Re: Concussions...the "light show" is not unusual at all...Jim's auras were sometimes every day and then began lessening. However, they weren't going to go away until ironically he had to go on a beta blocker due to a heart problem. This stopped the light show...thank god...these shows would pop up any time, all the time.
      He is managing his condition but the after effects are long standing...as you intimated...re: drama queen comment...no one truly believed him. Alas, such is their loss and we continue on.
      Thanks for sharing and I hope you are able to have some peace with your brain's light show. Any other inquiries, just email...OK!

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