Today is my Race for Life day, except I won’t be racing.
I’ll be sitting it out.
At home on the sofa.
Possibly with a bucket of ice cream and a spoon.
I feel a little sad to be missing this event, and a little sad that I won’t have another medal to add to my collection. But I am very proud of myself for being sensible. Somewhere in my brain a switch has flipped (probably knocked to off by the bump on my head!). The switch that tells me to just keep going, work through whatever it is that’s problematic or painful, is not driving me to don my new trail shoes and just give RFL a go anyway. I must be learning the importance of taking time out for recovery, or maybe I consider my head and brain more worthy than the rest of me. Either way I will not be running or walking 10k this evening.
I have been consulting Dr Google about head injury and concussion and now have a better understanding of what my poor little head/brain is dealing with. Previously I thought concussion was exhibited by struggling to stay awake and slurred speech and while these are symptoms to be very concerned about, there are a heap of other milder symptoms, all caused by the brain bouncing around in the skull – what a lovely image.
Symptoms such as confusion, dizziness, difficulties with balance, coordination and concentration, fogginess, nausea, sensitivity to noise and light, slow responses, difficulty in sleeping, memory loss, blurred vision, drowsiness, headaches, irritability.
I am experiencing many of these symptoms.
Dr Google also tells me that the best thing to do is rest. Physically and mentally.
One website says the following:
- Spend a lot of your time doing nothing
- Don’t think – thinking is a physical activity, it requires a lot of neurological activity inside your brain
- Eat well, but remember not to cook as cooking requires mental processing
- Try not to do anything that forces you to exert mental energy
So, I’m good with the lack of physical exertion and not cooking but how exactly does one ‘not think’ and prevent over exertion of mental energy?
I’ll leave you to ponder that question on my behalf, while I sit around and try really hard not to exert my precious brain… 😀