“I knew what I needed to do,” she said. “I was worried there was internal bleeding or something else going on. I just knew I needed to get him evaluated right away.”
The doctor confirmed he had a concussion. Even without a blow to the head a concussion had occurred. It was determined that it was caused when his neck was pushed from the back forcing his forehead into the mat.
Even though Connor did not remember the match, the ER doctor said he was okay to go to school the next day because he did not lose consciousness and was not vomiting. Brandi knew enough that if kids sustain a concussion sending them back to school or sports too soon can lead to further damage.
She had no idea how much she would quickly learn in the next few days that would open up a whole new world to her when it came to concussions in children. It would also test her relationship with her precious son.
On Thursday they were in the pediatrician’s office. Following the new protocols, he said to keep Connor out of school and ordered rest for three-five days. Rest meant no brain stimulation including, TV, video games, reading and music. He needed a cognitive rest.
The following Friday, 10 days after the injury, he was feeling better and it was back to school. The noise and the lights were just too much and Connor only lasted one hour. In fact, he was even worse then the initial incident.
Very concerned, Brandi knew this was starting to go down a bad path. She immediately made an appointment with a neurologist. She learned the new standard of care for concussions involves three phases. The first is physical therapy, followed by mental health evaluation and a concussion clinic for cognitive therapy.