Hi everyone, this first post will be about concussions because I am currently going through one!
By medical definition, a concussion is most often caused by a sudden direct blow or bump to the head. The brain is made of soft tissue. It’s cushioned by spinal fluid and encased in the protective shell of the skull. When you sustain a concussion, the impact can jolt your brain. Sometimes, it literally causes the brain to slosh around in your head. Traumatic brain injuries can cause bruising, damage to the blood vessels, and injury to the nerves.
The result? Your brain doesn’t function normally. If you’ve suffered a concussion, your vision may be disturbed, your pupils will generally be two different sizes, you may lose your equilibrium, or you may fall unconscious, the light may begin to disturb your eyes, forget simple things and you may feel nauseous. In short, your brain is confused. That’s why Bugs Bunny often saw stars!
So what generally happens after you get a concussion? Well first off if the pupils are two different sizes and you feel any of the symptoms above you should go to the hospital or a doctor’s office right away. From there they will tell you how long you will be out of daily activities like driving or sports. (which is generally two weeks minimum)
Whats the first thing you do after you get out of the hospital? GO GET A BASEBALL CAP! It will be your best friend for the next week or so as it will block out the light (natural or not) that tends to strain your eyes. Second? Well that is really up to you, personally after my fourth I learned that sleep is just about the best thing to be doing. After you sustain a concussion, your brain thrusts into full mode where it attempts to fix itself of the damage that has been done, such as the different bruises on various legions of the brain. By sleeping, it 1) gives you more time away from the excrutiating headache and 2) allows your brain to repair faster. Also, over the next few days don’t be freaked out if you forget small things, like the day of the week or your phone number as it is very common.
Symptoms can also be continued during Post Concussive Syndrome which generally last for 2-3 weeks after the concussion and entails many of the same symptoms after the original blow to the head, including migranes which are also very common…
In short, concussions are one of the nastier injuries as it makes simple everyday tasks much harder, so attempt to stay away from bumping the head (: but if it does occur follow these steps and you should have a quick and speedy recovery!