a multifaceted issue

madison is upstairs sleeping.  her first period class started a few minutes ago. however she’s still continuing to have persistent headaches following her concussion, almost three weeks ago. she’s basically on level 2 of 4 with the extensive post concussion protocol we were given to follow.  symptoms continue= half days at school. no tests. etc.

junior year in highschool is a toughy.she’d already missed a week when the principal she’s assigned to called & we discussed options. since she’s in all advanced classes and those are not offered in homebound program, her teachers are all working with her to make sure she can stay caught up as much as possible, without overwhelming her.

she’s going in for 3 hours each day. the minimum allowed to be able to be counted present.  often times the larger classes, louder classes really bother her. she comes home each day to her dark room & sacks out. for a few hours.  she goes to bed about 2 hours earlier than normal for her and as i mentioned earlier, sleeps in a couple hours.

rest. that’s what’s ordered as one recovers from a concussion. but good grief. it’s so bizarre to have one of your children basically living in a dark room, in their bed for days and now weeks.

lucky for us here in atlanta we have a pediatric concussion center who follows these kids thoroughly and refers them to specialists as needed. the concussion center was actually birthed out of the department of the hospital from which i resigned last year so i know several of the nurses.

madison has been referred to a neurologist who specializes in concussions. they’ve apparently become a specialty within a specialty.

while a week off at thanksgiving and christmas break coming up soon will help, i’m really hoping my sweet girl is back in the saddle sooner rather than later.

thanks for praying for her

oh & by the way, these images were from a couple months ago. she hasn’t worn stilettos in quite a while.

November 13, 2012 - 8:42 am

Lori H - Praying that your strong, beautiful girl is past the headaches really soon. Love her shoes, but I would probably break a leg in them 🙂

November 13, 2012 - 9:13 am

Kelli Davis - I have been following this process that Madison (and you) have been going through and my heart aches for her. I pray that she has some relief and healing very soon!

November 13, 2012 - 10:50 am

Jennifer - many prayers for your sweet girl!

November 13, 2012 - 11:30 am

Amy McKelvey - prayers for madison, sweet paige……so sorry that she is going through this and i know as a mom all you want to do is fix her…so in addition, prayers will go up for you too. <3

November 13, 2012 - 11:37 am

Shannon - So sorry Paige, how scary and awful for her and the family! Hoping she is back to herself very soon. She should be out having fun and enjoying her Junior year.

November 13, 2012 - 11:38 am

linda - Paige, ohhhh…I am so unbelievably sorry that the headaches are persisting and that you have to begin the journey of specialists, and missing school and all that entails. I thought of you all over the weekend and was so hoping and praying she was truly on the road to healing. If you have any interest at all, I can put you in touch with my friend, the mom of the student I mentioned in my email. She is an unbelievable wealth of information! She spent months and months and months flying all over the country meeting with specialists. She’s an incredible mom and I know would be happy to share what she’s learned, the path(s) they took, what they found helpful, etc.

November 13, 2012 - 12:09 pm

Cathy Grasinger - Prayers for this sweet girl! God bless you all

November 13, 2012 - 1:09 pm

linda - Sorry paige, in my comment above I meant to say…the email to you where I mentioned my friend whose daughter (the synchronized swimmer) was kicked in the head. Just wanted to clarify 😉

November 13, 2012 - 5:21 pm

chrissi - Count us in with prayers for Madison.

November 13, 2012 - 5:42 pm

Beth - My best friend had these same symptoms – after months of constant debilitating headaches she was sent to Cleveland Clinic where she was diagnosed with a spinal fluid leakage that resulted in a blood patch – instant fix. If this keeps going, I would look into it.

November 13, 2012 - 5:57 pm

Tiffini - oh paige..how your momma heart must be in knots!
i am thankful however that you have such a wonderful place to take her and that you even know some of the nurses.
we will keep praying for your sweet girl and she will be up and at em in no time! the break will be nice and those stilettos…i so wish i could even walk in a pair:)

November 13, 2012 - 6:45 pm

augustfields - paige….just wanted to let you know that the clan over at august fields is praying for complete healing for madison. 🙂

November 13, 2012 - 6:50 pm

Michelle - Praying for Madison and your family. Thank goodness you have specialists for this condition so close.

November 13, 2012 - 8:29 pm

Michele - Hugs to Madison and to you too Paige! Matthew was also seen by a neurologist when his concussion symptoms lingered for months. Praying Madison continues to feel better and improves soon. xoxo

November 13, 2012 - 9:11 pm

tara - these images of her are beautiful.
I will continue to pray for a full recovery!

It is SO hard when one of our babies is off their game.

November 13, 2012 - 10:03 pm

donna - poor thing. i hope she recovers quickly sending prayers.

November 14, 2012 - 8:37 am

kellie - Just recently started reading your blog…love it! Neither my husband or I had ever had a concussion, but my daughter had a grade 2-3 about 6 months ago. Oddly enough she didn’t get it cheering…she hit her head pretty hard in the same spots two days in a row. She missed 2 weeks of school and we have seen a neuro multiple times since for check ups due to her slow recovery. During this cheer season I have held my breath and probably will until that year passes! I hope your daughter starts feeling better soon…concussions are such a strange and scary thing!

November 14, 2012 - 9:43 pm

Tammie - Paige it sounds like she is in very good hands, however it is always scary when our child has something wrong with them. I am sending her well wishes that these days off for the holiday will givve her the rest she needs. How long do these symptoms last? Will she be able to cheer again this year? I am sure her getting back to school is her top priorty after her health. Happy Thanksgiving to you all, Enjoy..

November 15, 2012 - 10:54 am

Ruth Grigson - Continuing to pray for Madi! Interesting comment Beth made about the spinal fluid leakage. That’s actually what has been coming to my mind every time I read an update from you.

I had a leak after giving birth to Ethan. It is usually caused from a botched epidural–that’s why I didn’t bother mentioning it. It was the worst headache I’ve ever experienced. I went to a pain specialist, and they did the blood patch. It took about 15 mins, and the headache was completely gone. It might be worth asking about because the fix is SO simple and quick.