post concussion syndrome issues

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.


December 3, 2012 - 10:57 am

Katherine @ Grass Stains - Paige, I have been praying for Madison and for your peace of mind. With four of my own, I know how much you worry when something happens to one. And this — even though it isn’t life-threatening, as you said — has lasted so long and has really had an impact on your life. I will keep praying for complete healing, and quickly!

December 3, 2012 - 11:12 am

Amy Avery - Oh Paige, I am so sorry that Madison has continued to experience symptoms from her concussion. She has been and will continue to be in my prayers as she recovers from her injury. Your beautiful daughter may not see this time that she has spent in recovery as anything positive at the present moment, but I am certain that even through this difficult time, God is planting seeds to use through Madison somewhere in her life. She is blessed to have you and Dan and her sisters and friends to help her through this time. She is indeed a very strong young lady with great determination and she will rise from the ashes of this pain to a greater understanding of God’s love on her faith journey. She is simply stunning in these photos you posted.

December 3, 2012 - 12:29 pm

Mimi - I’m so sorry your daughter is still experiencing problems. I hope she will be back to normal soon. Praying for her and you!

December 3, 2012 - 12:48 pm

Deb - Paige, I’m so sorry madison has had to go through this. I have been praying for her healing and yours as well. Being a mom with a child in pain is very very tough. We wish we could take their pain into our bodies to protect them so they can flourish.

My kady is in almost the exact situation with undiagnosed stomach pain, missing school, etc. I pray each day for both girls to be healed and back on a ‘normal’ routine. If anyone can help, it is our Lord.

Blessing, deb

December 3, 2012 - 1:30 pm

Kerri - as a teacher, I see concussions and headaches frequently. even just from kids playing at recess. as a parent, I understand the frustration because you want your child to feel her best. I am going to add madison to my prayer list for this advent season sweetie! XO

December 3, 2012 - 1:54 pm

Sheri - I am still praying for your sweet girl. My Aunt fell last year at our Christmas Baking day and granted she is 83, it has seriously taken her a year to get over the concussion. She is finally doing much better this December, thank you Jesus. And a cheer break would not be a bad thing 😉 Merry Christmas Season sweet friend. xo

December 3, 2012 - 2:00 pm

jennifer - continuial prayers for madi!
such a sweet adorable girl!
btw- kennedy carries your business card around since “madi” is on it!

December 3, 2012 - 2:40 pm

chrissi - as someone who battles migraines and headaches and all of the meds they bring, my heart breaks for madison. not fun at all. no fun napping when you really just want to have a normal boring busy day. we are praying for you all.♥

December 3, 2012 - 3:01 pm

cel - it’s so hard when our babies are sick, we would shoulder it instead a hundred times over. There is alot of research out about long term headaches associated with pc syndrome linking to low lying depression. Be sure to listen to your gut and flesh out whether this may be happening. So many changes at once can be so difficult, depression presents differently in teens too. Hope this helps! (I’m a RN and mama too) Christmas break will be so good for her either way!

December 3, 2012 - 6:40 pm

tiffini - oh paige…we will persevere in prayer. know this sweet girl inside and out and we thank you now for what you are going to do in and through all of this…we thank you that she is surrounded by good medical care and a sweet caring family..we ask for special ways in which she can catch up on school work and that things just work out. help madison to see You each day .. special God moments set apart for her and that she knows she brings you joy….hang in there momma! love ya

December 3, 2012 - 9:42 pm

Michele - I’ll continue to pray for Madison. I hope her symptoms go away soon. I know how unsettling this is – so long after the initial injury. Hugs and prayers for you too. xoxo

December 3, 2012 - 9:54 pm

Suzanne - I can’t imagine this
little ray of sunshine
keeping her light in
a dark bedroom…..

Sending you both hugs
and prayers for healing
and peace!

xo Suzanne

December 3, 2012 - 11:36 pm

Lindsay - Hi, I am a teen also suffering from PCS. I would love to Madison’s story on my Facebook page. I am trying to raise awareness and create a support group for teens with concussions. Hope she feels better soon 😀

December 4, 2012 - 11:42 am

tara - really sorry to hear that she is still suffering from headaches and that she has to take a break from cheering..something she clearly loves.

my friend’s son had 2 consecutive concussions playing football, and he was out of school all of last year…the injury happened in October of last school year!

He’s finally back this year, but she says his personality changed some. She’s praying and hoping that he has a full recovery, but it has definitely been a whirlwind for their whole family.

Every time you give an update on Madison, I am thankful that she is healing more and more and that it wasn’t more serious than it was.

December 4, 2012 - 12:07 pm

Debbie - Thinking of your family. My son has PCS. He was hit in the head at close range with a soccer ball. We are 2 and a half months out and we have been through exactly what you have described with your daughter. His progress has been very slow….but he is improving. Just shy of 2 months he returned to school. Our school has been great about giving him time to make up work. It is a little overwhelming to watch the homework,