Has anyone on this forum had experience of people having lapses or bad days after post concussion syndrome?
My mum had an accident a few months ago when she hit her head and cut it badly when washing her hair in a sink. The bash and cut was at the rear left of her skull. She lost a lot of blood and was very dizzy. Fortunately, she was still aware enough to call her best friend, who heard mum say she was dizzy and haemorrhaging.
Mum passed out again as her friend heard a thud on the floor and called paramedics. We think she sustained a second bump on the head when she
passed out. They took her to hospital where she was very confused. She improved and within 2 weeks, was discharged.
A few days after coming home, she was crying in the kitchen. She told me she was scared because she was cold and did not know how to turn the heating on. I was very shocked and took her to the GP, who said her symptoms were caused by the accident after repeating a memory test done in hospital and it would take time for her to recover.
Mum improved over the next few months. Some of the headway readers may have seen my posts about cook books by Tina M Sullivan, Nourish your Noggin,
which I have used. Mum has often sounded like a text book case of Dr Diane Roberts Stoler's book on concussion, especially the chapters on
memory and the execution function.
She did not have any noticeable memory problems before the accident.
She has not been the same since, but I have noticed market improvements. She has lost some of her confidence for sure.
What I have noticed and found strange since she has been recovering is that even now and again, she has a day or some hours in the evening in particular
when she is more tired where her memory seems a lot worse. For example:
- I have been with her since end September/October to help her since the accident. On Christmas day, she thought I had come home only 2 days before Christmas. (She managed to get a small glass of port on Christmas eve so maybe that set this off?)
She does recall that I have taken her out to the GP, to town with me to a cafe and to visit her sister.
- I arranged to have a garage door remote control fitted in November so she would not have to struggle with a heavy door. She has used it several times and has a remote control device herself in her bag. A man called to read the meter a couple of days ago. She did not realize we had a door automation+remote and tried to get the man to open manually. (This won't work). She told me she did not have the key to the side door to get it open. I got it from her bag and showed her. I think she was in a panic because the meter reader was waiting and she wanted to open the door for him as fast as possible.
- On the same day, she thought she had not been back in the house for so long, just a few weeks rather than months.
The next day her memory can improve again. She knows she has a remote controlled door and that she had an accident months ago.
She manages to peel and cook vegetables, but she has lost confidence in the kitchen. She can do a crossword puzzle. She is still good at doing sums.
She can do simple administration, but writing 20 Christmas cards out was too much for her. I ended up helping. She wrote 2.
I do see some correlation between smaller lapses and tiredness sometimes.
Have other people noticed relatives having these off days now and again during recovery?