Originally Posted by eponagirl
"... Doing nothing for several months sped up my recovery in the end. I was having great difficulty before doing that. A sports medicine Dr advised me to do this. There is a protocol that activity (Any and ALL activity) stops until concussion symptoms are gone. You may slowly increase activities at that time and if symptoms come back, you lay off activity again until the symptoms go away again.
This can take a lot of time, so give it a chance.
Doing this gave me the ability to become aware of activities that made me feel worse.
I took all activity away and slowly added things in to see how it was tolerated. I hope this makes sense.
I just can't stress enough what rest will do for healing a brain injury.
REST as much as you can and you will see the benefits ...
I am back doing my farm work with less help now and I owe it to taking that time off. (You may be even discover that 2 months may or may not be enough, I suggest just keeping an open end on that in the back of your mind)".
You here serve as a reminder for me of the benefit of my own self-limited recent 'confinement'
of 9 months earlier this year after terrible relapse. While it's certainly not 'fun', the necessary quiet rest
as I can see it now, was absolutely crucial to any
potential for 'getting better again'.
While it can feel interminable
and we may wonder everyday, "Is this it?? Is this as good as I get?"
--- it is amazing truly the wonders that the "Golden Rule"
of quiet rest/simple activity can work over time.
refers to this repeatedly. And it's a tough one for us as Americans to genuinely grasp --- especially
as newcomers to pcs life, or in my own case as one 'seasoned' (and hopefully wiser) now over these 4 years post-injury.
Thanks again for your own wise sharings here, eponagirl
All the best,