Since I haven't mentioned the concussion incident here at my blog yet I'll give the background. If you only want the update jump down to the next section (aptly titled, UPDATE).
Ryan was doing a jump-roll (a jump into a handstand into a tuck roll and up to standing) before and during his Tae Kwon Do class Monday night and bumped his head. This isn't unusual so I didn't think much of it. I didn't even know he hurt his head until he told me after his class. He mentioned he had a headache but given that he's had a headache for the better part of 2-3 years (that we've been seeing all sorts of doctors for) that didn't seem unusual either. It wasn't until he came into our room to wake us in the middle of the night to tell us he threw up that I began piecing it together. It was then I realized he didn't eat as much dinner as usual.
The next morning I took him to see our pediatrician who did baseline neurological testing and everything tested out fairly in line with a mild concussion so she told us to make sure Ryan get lots of rest. No screens at all. He can listen to a story or podcast for 10 minutes but then he needs to rest. He can do some school work but, again, in 10 minute increments and then he needs to try and close his eyes and take it easy. This was no problem on Tuesday as he was sleepy and took a nap as he was tired from not getting as much sleep since it took a while to change his sheets and clean up the 3-foot radius of vomit he spewed all over his room. We did some reading, resting, snacking, resting, listening to a favorite story podcast of his from when he was younger (The Radio Adventure's of Dr. Floyd), more resting.
Yesterday he was much more alert and energetic. His appetite returned and he was so very bored for most of the day. I was thinking he'd return to school after going to our Thursday doctor's appointment.
UPDATE: We went to see our pediatrician this morning for a re-check and Ryan's going to be staying home from school the rest of the week. He was doing better yesterday but he's more tired today, wanting to lay down and rest, and has a decreased appetite. I think it's because he tried reading on his own this morning and it was too much too soon. So it's back to reading to him out loud like I've been doing the past two days. We have finished The Lightening Thief and now we're starting Sea of Monsters. He's really enjoying the Percy Jackson series!
The next few days will be filled with more cuddling and rest.
Coincidentally, we have a neurologist appointment at Children's on Monday that we've been waiting for for 4 months due to his headaches. I'm hoping he's feeling better by then with regards to the concussion and that we can get some answers on causes of his headaches and some options. If not, our team of doctors have said that our next step is to visit an allergist at Duke University in Raleigh, NC and then if that doesn't give us any answers, then to go to a place out in Denver, CO for a week-long battery of multi-disciplinary tests as our subsequent plan of action.