Friday, March 18, 2016

Sam vs. The Basketball Pole

Sam had a collision with a basketball pole on Monday during recess at school, and the basketball pole won!  He hit his forehead on the pole and then fell backwards and hit the back of his head on the ground. After watching him overnight and seeing that his dizziness, head pain, and fogginess did not subside, I decided to take him in to be evaluated.  He was diagnosed with a mild concussion and prescribed "Total Rest".  This means doing absolutely nothing for days.  He can't use any screens, can't read, can't play, can't listen to anything, NOTHING.  It is killing us all, but I don't want to risk his brain not healing.  This is what his week has looked like:
This is his favorite spot to sit
He has done a lot of sleeping
 Poor guy.  It is so hard to see him suffer
 His view from the couch
 He took a 4 hour nap yesterday
He has also taken A LOT of baths.  I figured it wouldn't be appropriate to take a picture of that!  He is the cleanest he has ever been.  As a 12 year old boy, being clean is not usually the priority.

Today he woke up feeling significantly better.  That has created a whole new set of challenges.  He feels better, but is not ready to do his normal things.  We are having some battles over his activities.  I just don't want him to have a setback.

Spring Break is next week.  We got an early start today because of a snow cancellation.  If he rests, like he should, we are hopeful that he can return to school after the break.

We would love your prayers for his recovery.  We do not want this to be the beginning of more issues for him.  He is very active and loves to play basketball.  We are hoping he can fully heal and jump back into his season.


  1. oh my goodness, laura! i am so sorry! poor guy!

  2. My little guy got a concussion when he was 4. It was the looooooongest 2 weeks of our lives! Try telling a 4-year old that he can't run, jump, watch cartoons or ride his bike. It's so difficult! But, we made it through with no lasting side effects. Hang in there! Y'all will get through it, too!