Parent Advocate, Tracey Mayer will be offering up her writings to The Concussion Blog as a resource to the readers, especially the parents out there. As time allows she will be submitting posts for you to read. I truly hope that everyone gets a chance to read about concussions from yet another perspective. Thank you Tracey! I thought I would pass along this note from Tracey Mayer she sent me the other day:
It’s been a bit over four years since Drew’s injury. Last night I was thinking holy crap; it was me against the world when I refused to let him return to the field. Honestly, there was no one on my side—not even my husband.
Clearly, concussion awareness was in its infancy stage at that time. Back then, I rarely recall seeing any media coverage on concussions, and now I read at least 8-10 articles per day. I was flipping through the mail yesterday and came across a newsletter from Rush with an article about resting the brain after a concussion – how it is necessary to take at least 2 weeks off from school, etc. I cannot imagine what things would have been like if there had been even a smidge of academic support when Drew was hurt. Even more, I can only imagine what might have happened to him had I not dug my heels in and held firm about him not returning to football.
Parents, you know your children better than anyone. If something doesn’t seem right, most likely it isn’t. Trust your gut – it costs nothing and generally holds value. Your child has one brain—the vital organ that runs his or her body. Protect it at any cost.
Tracey is right, we have come a long way in a very short time, alas we are only scratching the surface on the issue.