We all have heard countless stories on the news about the scary “concussion.” Heightened awareness has been great for all involved – and scary for me.
My son, a fifteen year old, got a concussion like no other last spring, on April 6, to be precise. He got “slashed” in the neck with a lacrosse stick on the back of his neck, the one place he had no protection or pads (note: other player was kicked out of the game as this is a no-no).
Fast forward four months. I am rescheduling probably the 18th appointment related to this concussion. And we are several months past the episode. The concussion has wreaked havoc not only for my son’s life, but for our whole family’s.
Few news stories mention the personality changes, the depression and the bad choices that can enter a successful athlete’s life when pulled from his sport. His speed and agility on the field were a source of needed self esteem which was already touch and go as a freshman at a huge high school. This was the tipping point we didn’t need.
My hopes are that more become aware – not only of the damage to the brain a concussion can cause – but also of these more silent symptoms, and how to treat them.