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So I got a Concussion

This past Saturday morning I woke up early because Andrew and I were planning to spend the day helping my sweet momma move into her new adorable condo. We spent the morning watching the movers, loading cars, and drinking tons of coffee.

Around 3ish Andrew went with the movers back to our place because I had been storing 2 chairs at my moms and now they are at our place. The same time he went to do that I went to get everyone lunch down the street. I was maybe 5 minutes away from my moms when I got in a car accident. I do not remember the accident happening or anything before it meaning the last thing I remember is leaving my moms. They call this retrograde amnesia. I banged my head hard on the steering wheel, the seatbelt dug into my stomach and I banged my knee on the steering column. I immediately looked for my purse which had flown to the floor to get my cell out of it. I called 911 and my mom. My mom called Andrew who wasn’t far away and then she came to the scene as well. They medics tested me out and said I was OK but if I started to feel worse to to the ER. I felt fine at the time because of all the adrenaline but I was super upset.

I drove my car back to my moms and learned on the way part of the wheel was screwed up so it’s not drivable. Thanks dad for working for Toyota and making this part easy! Also we have amazing car insurance so yay.

After helping my mom for a little bit I started to get a bad headache and feel super nauseous. Andrew called his dad and brother who are both neurologists and they suggested I go to the emergency room. My dad called his friend/cancer doctor who made sure we didn’t have to wait at the hospital. After 5 hours of having a terrible male nurse who basically tortured me with an IV, CT scans of my head, spine and abdomen and a little bit of blood loss later I was discharged with a concussion, swelled disks in my neck and bruising.

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The pic above is right after the accident.

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The pic above is during triage at the ER. I was considered a Fall Risk ….bracelets are fun….not

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The last picture is me yesterday resting on the couch. I am not suppose to do much for a few days other than sleep and well sleep more. I probably shouldn’t be writing this post because of the computer but the brightness is super low.

I appreciate everyones calls, texts, emails, comments, and well wishes. I am lucky because it could have been worse. No one else was hurt in the accident either.

I am especially thankful for my Andrew who sat by my side at the hospital all night and held my hand as I cried and cried in pain and also has been the best caretaker ever since it happen. My parents, Andrews family and my friends have all been wonderful as well. Sending me funny videos, sweet texts and bringing yummy food.

I should feel pretty sore for a week or two and hopefully the giant goose egg on my head goes away soon.

Hopefully tomorrow’s post is much happier!

Phew. Back to resting.

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21 Comments

  1. Eek. Hope you’re okay and recover quickly!

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  2. We saw your pictures on Instagram…hope you are feeling better soon! Total props on still getting a post out today…we are super impressed!

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  3. Colleen wrote:

    Been there done that and have the TBI to show for it, take care of yourself, rest is so so so important AND YOU my dear pretty friend have a HUGE life changing event coming up that you need to be fully recovered for! REST! REST! REST! I LOVE YOU and Miss your face!

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  4. Logan Can wrote:

    I’m so sorry, Neely! I hope you feel better soon! Rest up!

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  5. Heather wrote:

    I am so sorry about your concussion. Just rest up and you will be back on your feet in no time

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  6. Jenny wrote:

    Ow ow ow!! I am so sorry this happened, but glad you’re okay and still with us!
    xo,
    Jenny

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  7. Jenn wrote:

    I hope that you start feeling better soon, and glad that you’re alright! Sounds really scary 🙁

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  8. Amber wrote:

    I’m glad you’re okay (relatively)! I hope the pain subsides soon!

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  9. Oh, Neely. I am so sorry to hear that. I hope you get well soon!!!

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  10. Julie wrote:

    Sorry to hear about this! I know you don’t remember a lot but was there another car involved? Hopefully you have a speedy recovery 🙂

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  11. Linda Kay wrote:

    Get well soon…those concussions are noting to mess with. And so easy to have a painful strain from a car accident. Glad it wasn’t worse.

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  12. Susan wrote:

    Take care if yourself. Concussions are nothing to joke about…I’m sure you know this! Sorry you were tortured by the nurse. As a nurse I hate hearing that…it’s so simply to keep a patient comfortable and happy. Rest, pain meds and lots of fluids will help you feel well soon!

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  13. Lexie wrote:

    Neely I am so sorry. I hope you feel better soon. What a terrible experience. Glad you went to the hospital and Andrew is taking good care of you.

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  14. Alli wrote:

    Yikes! Hate that you have a concussion from the car accident, but I’m so thankful that you are able to be at home and are not hospitalized. Take care of yourself! Concussions are serious! Be safe, girl!

    PS – Who looks that good with a big bump on their head? You do! 🙂

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  15. Definitely get a lot of sleep! Did they tell you to try not to think very hard??? I work in a school and we have to do concussion training at the beginning of the year now, and they tell us that thinking hard is bad for people who have a concussion… your brain is actually physically stressed out by thinking! And kids get excused from homework and get to take naps in school for, like, a month. SO, he sure to take it easy! Tell Andrew to wait on you hand and foot!

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  16. Oh my gosh! I hope you feel better! What a bummer!
    xoxo
    The Accidental Mama
    http://theaccidentalmama.com

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  17. Samantha wrote:

    Oh my goodness!!! Feel better sweet friend!

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  18. Stephanie wrote:

    Get some rest sweet lady. Hopefully you won’t have to deal with this type of “excitement” again any time soon. Maybe even never!

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  19. karissa wrote:

    I’m glad you are ok and that it wasn’t worse. A year before my stroke my husband had a seizure while driving and blacked out on the freeway. He has epilepsy but we didn’t know it at the time. He woke up down an embankment in a totaled car. Luckily he was fine. Since he was unconscious he was loose and didn’t even know it happened but the car was totaled. Very scary. Get a lot of rest and hope you heal up soon.

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  20. Oh that’s horrible! It’s strange how the effects of concussions can sneak up on you though, right?
    Feel better soon!

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  21. mitchypoo wrote:

    Oh, poor Neely! I’m so sorry that happened to you. Arnica gel can help with the bruising. Hope you feel 100% very soon.

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