i thought i’d go ahead and do an update here as several of ya’ll have asked about and prayed for madison.
i shared several weeks ago that madison had been injured at cheerleading ( this was following surgery for a torn mcl) and had suffered a concussion and broken ribs. well, we’re almost 6 weeks out and she still is having symptoms. we are blessed here in atlanta to have a concussion program that thoroughly follows up these kids and helps refer them to the proper specialists as needed.
she was seen friday by a neurologist specializing in prolonged symptoms following a concussion and was diagnosed with post concussion syndrome. supposedly about 85% are symptom free within 30 days, and about 96% symptom free after 3 months. madison has NOT been headache free since her injury. they have improved and will at best be very mild but she has had a consistant headache since the injury. she’s needed to take a large amount of acetaminophen and ibuprofen just to get over the hump. which obviously is not good for her kidneys and liver.
she is a highly motivated student and takes all advanced classes. she missed upward of three weeks in many of these classes. any of you that have teenagers are aware that the junior year is indeed the most rigorous. so getting back to 100% has continued to be a challenge. technically as per the specialist she’s not even supposed to be back to full days , much less full testing at this time. but we’re trying to allow her to judge how much she can accomplish . we’ve asked her to take a leave of absence from cheering until january which is yet another blow for her.
thanks for each of you who have asked and prayed for her. while we are well aware this isn’t life threatening , a brain injury is always a serious situation. it’s been hard to see her down for so long. to see her in her room in the dark trying to alleviate her headaches. we’re praying that by the beginning of the new year she will have continued to improve.
another reminder, the Holiday Housewalk has begun! i’ll be sharing images from our home on friday.