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6/15/19 5:20 P

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6/4/19 11:15 P

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Perhaps another reason educators pop up is that we will willingly put ourselves in situations children are usually the only ones in. For example, my first diagnosed concussion was at school. I was playing jump rope with my students at recess (our tiny mountain school had a total student population of 20 so this constituted yard duty). I dutifully ran out of the game after jumping the right number of times and proceeded to trip over my own two feet and land on my ponytail on the blacktop.

After a couple of days, my boss insisted I go to the ER rather than make the 40 minute drive each way on mountain roads any longer while feeling odd. The ER told me to take the next two days and the weekend to rest.

Spent the next couple of weeks out of sorts and wonky and trying to convince my fifth and sixth graders it wasn’t their fault. The kids wouldn’t let me play jump rope for the rest of the year.

Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win.
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6/4/19 9:40 P

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Totally get it!
It is interesting how many educators I have found through my work in advocacy in brain trauma. LOADS. Why you wonder??? I think so much juggling and heavy choices and so forth... Just my take on it.
I wish you well. Give it time though--if you have read anything--going back too soon can be terribly detrimental. I can attest to it--I did it and had an epic fail.

Glad you are here (well, actually, no I am not. I wish you were NOT in the club here... but that you found us).

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5/31/19 9:57 A

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You are a brilliant writer. Taking me back to my own childhood and helping me relate to your cascade of change.

Times really have changed and the huge scar on my knee is proof even when stitches today would have been appropriate “back in the day” kids were left to mend themselves.

The evolution of a new me is possible and the most logical way to manage a changing health state. However, that doesn’t change the very real frustration and emotional loss felt for what we knew.

You title cut right to it. [a moment of silence]

HUGE HUGS 🤗 You are allowed to grieve for your past self and I hope you can embrace the part of that self that still is in you helping you to a “best of you now” existence.

With warm wishes for healing, K

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Hi, I'm a teacher turned after school care coordinator. I had my second diagnosed concussion in March. I say diagnosed because, let's be real, I grew up in the 70s and 80s when head traumas weren't taken as seriously and my mom only took us to the doctor for sports physicals and if someone had broken a bone or needed stitches. I can look back at memories from my childhood that would have had me taking my kid to the ER - head over heels on my first ten speed bike on asphalt? Falling/rolling out of the car as we turned (albeit slowly) onto an onramp? The dozens of times the walnut tree in our front yard "threw me out, Mom" before the age of 5? Yeah.
This time the symptoms were bad enough I could not work and cannot drive. I've spent over 2 months on this weird roller coaster. I live in hope of being able to return to work in the fall. Since my last concussion in 2014, I've watched a steady decline in my overall health and the onset of illnesses I never knew I had (thyroid problems, RLS) , all of which take away the vibrant person I was. I have gotten to the point where I don't care if I become the old me. I just want to be a healthy, functional new me.
I needed a Spark team for who I am now, not the person I was when I started on spark 11 years ago.

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