Originally Posted by SpaceCadet
Welcome to NT.
I agree with Mark. You need to take your recovery seriously. You'll need to be very good to your brain from now on. Start by getting on a good vitamin regimen. That will help detoxify your brain. Just like Mark said, your partying days are over. I thought everything was cool a month or two after the injury, so I went back to drinking heavily. That was the biggest mistake I've ever made...and now I'm at 10 months, still paying for that month of partying. I would stay away from anything that will negatively impact your recovery. That would be more than one serving of caffeine per day, too much sugar, alcohol and especially drugs.
Get plenty of rest. When I say rest, I mean total rest (little to no TV, no video games, limited computer time, etc.)...but don't sit around in a dark room doing nothing all day everyday. You will need a good mix of mild stimulation and total rest. It will take you awhile to find the right formula to keep your symptoms at bay.
Good luck and be good to your brain. You only get one of them.
Dear God... no one told me anything about concussions, nor did I really think they were a big deal. On 12/4, I was drinking, got in the shower, slipped, and got a concussion. The next day, symptoms were apparent. I was taken to the ER where I got an MRI but I was told I was fine- "just a concussion". I took two days off of school. Friday morning, I got hit in the face with a basketball. Symptoms reappeared. I went home. By 2 o' clock, I was plastered. I passed out before five. Saturday, I got drunk again. Same goes for Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday... I've only drunk a little today. I feel, as one could imagine, horrendous. I have been not only perpetually hungover (exacerbation due to concussion), but I have recently found that alcohol interacts badly with Lamictal, of which I take a daily dose of 50mg. The drunkenness is aggravated by the Lamictal, and supposedly worsens it by tenfold, as well as the alcohol having an effect on the "high" of Lamictal.
I don't even know anymore. Right now I am utterly exhausted, confused, experiencing heart palpitations, and a strong lack of coordination and focus. There's no way for me to know if symptoms are reoccurring, because what I'm experiencing could be due to several other things, such as overall lack of sobriety, the necessity for my dosage to be increased or medication to be changed or just stopped altogether, relentless hangovers, poor sleep, etc.
Don't call me stupid. Just tell me what I need to do to get better.