As expected the Sidney Crosby news made the numbers move, especially in Canada, along with that I have only heard more questions than actual answers. The inbox was full of speculation and “told you so, it’s not a concussion”, or “told you so Crosby was being a (insert your expletive)”, however there was NOT ONE email that could shed light on an actual diagnosis.
I asked all the emailers if I could re-print their submissions and none took me up on the offer, except one, and his opinion is one of clarity and perspective. This email also provided the closest thing to what could be the actual issue. Below you can read it in full (in the email correspondence we never hammered out if he wanted his name published, so it will remain anonymous); Continue reading
On the blog we have had some very interesting and eye-opening discussions in the comment section. Recently a poster by the name of ‘Greg’ let us in on how his son is recovering from a concussion. This is the story in his own words;
I have a 14-year-old son who suffered a concussion in a basketball game six weeks ago. Two weeks ago he began PT, doing eye exercises at home a couple of times a day (moving his head back and forth, then up and down while staring at a fixed point, in 30-second increments, and moving a pen back and forth, up and down, and diagonally while following it with his eyes, 30-repetitions each). He had been having symptoms including persistent fogginess, occasional headaches, and recurrent light-headedness when getting up from sitting. After a week of doing the exercises, his headaches and other symptoms decreased considerably. Hard to say whether it was just a coincidence or not, but the decrease in symptoms did correspond remarkably to starting the PT: very little improvement for 4 weeks, then significant improvement in a matter of days.
Today we had our second visit with the PT, and he significantly stepped up the eye exercises, doing extra sets and for a longer time. Unfortunately, my son got his first headache in days and felt generally lousy most of the day after the PT appointment. I’m hoping it’s just a one-day setback and he’ll feel better tomorrow.
But overall, the PT seems to have helped. I guess the caution would be to go more slowly in adding difficulty to the exercises.
I then responded to him with regards to his school ‘activity’ and he shared this with us; Continue reading