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Oldest got a concussion today

roadkingroadking Posts: 3,056 Senior Member
Tried to stop a light pole with his head. Actually, playing tag, looked behind himself to see who was chasing him and whamo! Right side of head has major goose-egg. He colapsed and blacked out for a few seconds according to the school nurse.
Third kid in 2 weeks to have this happen.
Took him to the pediatrician, and sure enough, textbook concussion; mild tho.

Question- He needs to rest his brain, no video games (they only get 30 minutes a day anyway, so no big loss), no tv, no READING (he's not happy), nothing stimulating. Now, he's pushing 11...any ideas for something for him to do that is not completely boring, yet not mind stimulating...All we've come up with is legos and watching out the window.
He's out of school for tommorow, doctor's orders, with a follow-up Monday.

Thanks all.

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  • CaliFFLCaliFFL Posts: 5,486 Senior Member
    Does he like to draw or paint?
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  • roadkingroadking Posts: 3,056 Senior Member
    Usually, I'll give that a shot.
    Just mixed up a batch of jerky marinade...Gonna let him help with stirring and meat submersion...
    Thanks for the idea.

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  • orchidmanorchidman Posts: 8,436 Senior Member
    CaliFFL wrote: »
    Does he like to draw or paint?

    Good idea................hand him a paint brush and get him to paint the house. :tooth:

    Actually it is a great idea.....does his bedroom need re-decorating?
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  • LMLarsenLMLarsen Posts: 8,337 Senior Member
    Clean his room, wash the car, bathe the cat...
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  • roadkingroadking Posts: 3,056 Senior Member
    The **** is that it's 36 degrees and raining...the Pocono version of spring.
    We got the marinade mixed up (home recipe), meat sliced and soaking. Gladly, he's hungry, so, being pizza night, we're going to tke a spin and grab a pie...roadtrip might be good...it's 15 minutes to the closest Italian rest.
    Room's clean, he'd never o that to his buddy (especially after hearing the story of mama washing her cat as a kid...LOL!).

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  • DanChamberlainDanChamberlain Posts: 3,395 Senior Member
    Buy him a hooker?
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  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Posts: 14,844 Senior Member
    Break out the board games, deck of cards, show him how to reload, etc.
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  • JLDickmonJLDickmon Posts: 1,726 Senior Member
    CHIRO1989 wrote: »
    , show him how to reload, etc.

    be what I would do..
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  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Posts: 10,934 Senior Member
    Watch Obama's state of the union address?
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  • 5280 shooter II5280 shooter II Posts: 3,923 Senior Member
    Been there, Done that........screw the doctor......a concussive patient needs the mental stimuli. Regrowth is fanstastic.
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  • roadkingroadking Posts: 3,056 Senior Member
    Thanks for the ideas everyone. It should make the day go better for him.
    I appreciate it.

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  • jaywaptijaywapti Posts: 5,115 Senior Member
    Hope he makes a quick recovery

  • AiredaleAiredale Posts: 624 Senior Member
    Been there done that, football, fights, etc.
    He's gonna feel woozy for a few days, but he'll be OK.
    Biggest problem I had was picking up my feet and not tripping over rugs.
  • roadkingroadking Posts: 3,056 Senior Member
    Thanks all. He got up at 8 this morning as if nothing had happened; no headache, goose-egg gone, vision a-okay, and coordination normal (apparently a mild concussion). Only pain he has is if he forgets and rubs his head or something touches the spot. We woke him a few times last night, and I really need faster reflexes the way he kicks when he wakes up...yeah, that. All normal. Spent the day with his little brother, me and mama planting seeds and making jerky.
    It was not fun to go thru, the worry, that is, but just another hurdle in parenting that I feel we got thru.
    Glad no serious damage was done...follow up with DR on Monday.
    Thanks again, and happy Easter!
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  • TeachTeach Posts: 18,428 Senior Member
    Glad to hear he's doing well. Having an active, slightly reckless kid will add a few gray hairs in a hurry. My son's 42 now, and he's still got a bit of a rowdy streak in him- - - - -can't imagine where he gets that!
  • AiredaleAiredale Posts: 624 Senior Member
    Glad the kid's OK.
    Happy Easter to you.
  • roadkingroadking Posts: 3,056 Senior Member
    Hope everyone had a Happy Easter.
    Doctor follow-up today. Clean bill of health. He, and I quote, "I need to politely ask you to leave, as you have no need to be here(chuckle). Great recovery , and very happy for the results".

    Apparently concussions are a bigger thing than I had thought. He said that the last three had lingering signs for over a week...nausea, headaches and vision problems. His lasted less than a day...I suppose it was just a mild one, but it needed professional attention to be sure. Whewwww! They don't tell you this in parenting 101...I guess if they did, many would not go for it.

    Thanks everyone for you concern and suggestions.

    BTW: there is now a "no running" at recess rule until the pads are installed...apparently, a fourth child met the same pole...I'll not go on a tirade about nanny state and responsibility and kids being kids...but did have to laugh instead.

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  • tennmiketennmike Posts: 27,457 Senior Member
    Glad to hear he's doing O.K. and not much worse for wear. :up:
    Really glad it was a mild one!
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  • Six-GunSix-Gun Posts: 8,155 Senior Member
    Concussion are definitely a big deal and can have effects that last a lifetime in extreme cases. Guys like Chris Benoit and Junior Seau are just a couple of high-profile example. A close friend of mine from high school had a nearly identical injury to the tone your boy head but came a way much worse for the wear. He was a music major in college and was running late to a graded recital. Full sprint and highly distracted, he ran full on into a steep street sign post and knocked himself out cold. He came to seemingly ok at first, but began having regular seizures after the incident. he's since been diagnosed with epilepsy and nobody is thinking it's a coincidence. The docs are fairly certain that concussion he suffered is what lit the fuse for his seizures.
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