I’ve become well versed in teen concussions after my oldest, Grasshopper and Sensei, had four concussions over a period of fifteen months from club volleyball. Also, PickyKidPix had a soccer teammate with two severe concussions; her older sister had a concussion so bad that she had to quit soccer altogether. I’ve teamed up with that mom, Mary Lou, to bring you what parents should know about concussions in children and teens.
My daughter is number 9. She plays libero, a defense specialist.
Our Concussion Story
In retrospect, my daughter’s first concussion was a mild one that I didn’t realize was a concussion. She tried out for club volleyball team in December of 2015 where she took at least one hard ball to her head from girls serving the ball at high speeds. She had a headache for two days and then she was fine. We didn’t go to the doctor at all.
Her head coach of her volleyball club team called me to tell me that she had failed his concussion test. He wasn’t the coach at her practice when she took a very hard ball to the side of her head that had shanked off a teammate. He noticed that she didn’t look quite right during practice and gave her the test. She wasn’t able to recalling the words he’d given her in the correct order.
This was April 2015 at her MGA Club Volleyball practice. Her symptoms included memory loss, headache and light sensitivity. She missed about a week of school but the following week was spring break. When she was home, she had to stay off screens and she was bored and restless. She cocooned for that week at home, unhappily.
During that vacation, she took an intensive 40 hour art class at Mass College of Art. My boxing trainer advised drinking a lot of water to help bring down the swelling in the brain. After her week of art class, she returned to school full time and seemed fine. Read more…
I’m cleaning out my office and giving away these four brand new cookbooks (I have two copies of Katie Chin’s Everyday Chinese Cookbook). These cookbooks address a specific audience: kids who want to learn to cook, anyone jumpstarting a diet and exercise plan, and those wanting to cook Chinese food. If any of these cookbooks speak to you, please fill out the Rafflecopter to win and specific your first, second and third choice.
The Help Yourself Cookbook for Kids by Ruby Roth
This cook has 60 easy plant-based recipes that kids can make to stay healthy and save the world! Big promises? Perhaps. But getting your kids to cook for themselves is a gift that keeps giving. Ruby Roth makes kid friendly food in this appealing cookbook. Some recipes just require assembly while others will need the stove turned on. Whether you cook these recipes with your kids, or have older kids try on their own, everyone when kids learn a valuable life skill. [cookbook for kids, ages 6 and up]
Picky Kid Pix and I are a big fans of McCann’s Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal®, made from 100 percent whole grain Irish oats, so we were both thrilled when The Motherhood asked me to cover it. I like to make it for breakfast when she has a morning soccer game because it fuels her up and is a good and delicious breakfast. Her favorite breakfast is McCann’s Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal. Read more…
I’m in that perimenopause phase of life that has some unpleasant symptoms:
Loss of bone. With declining estrogen levels, you start to lose bone more quickly than you replace it, increasing your risk of osteoporosis — a disease that causes fragile bones.
Changing cholesterol levels. Declining estrogen levels may lead to unfavorable changes in your blood cholesterol levels, including an increase in low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol — the “bad” cholesterol — which contributes to an increased risk of heart disease. At the same time, high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol — the “good” cholesterol — decreases in many women as they age, which also increases the risk of heart disease.
These and other effects are from The Mayo Clinic but it didn’t mention the most annoying one:
Apparently, perimenopause also seems to give women a soft middle. Despite exercising at the boxing gym three times a week and practicing Vinyasa yoga once a week, I’m still gaining weight at a slow but steady amount. My mom friend Julie says the only recourse to address this change-of-life is to exercise more and be mindful about eating.
Yoga is just as good as aerobics, cycling and walking for cutting the risk of heart disease. The Daily Telegraph
Every minute, one person in the U.S. is diagnosed with heart failure – nearly 6MM Americans total. My friend had a heart attack last week. Luckily, he self-diagnosed himself correctly when the heart attack occurred and went to the emergency room immediately.
He was rushed by police escorted ambulance to a larger hospital where a stent was inserted. From the door of his house to the stent, just eighty-one minutes. Nine more minutes and permanent heart damage occurs if any part of his heart was deprived of oxygen. In his case, it was.
Today, Jeanette and I are making gifts! It’s the perfect combination of frugality and thoughtfulness as it says, “I made this for YOU!”
My gift ideas below are for dogs with homemade Peanut Butter Banana Dog Biscuits. I created this recipe to use up leftover “about to go bad” ingredients. My dog seems to love them too!
I also made a Lemon Coconut Sugar Body Scrub that my middle daughter advised me on. She watches a ton of YouTube beauty bloggers so she had strong opinions on salt versus sugar scrubs and coconut oil versus olive oil. I’m gifting these to my mom friends but my daughters would love it too! Read more…
Did you know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month? I got the best Christmas present last year. My mother, who was then 91-years-old was diagnosed for the second time with breast cancer last fall. She went through a myriad of tests. Just when I was trying to figure out how to arrange a trip to California to help out, my mom called me. Her final tests showed that the growth was pre-cancerous and did not require surgery. Instead, they put her back on hormone treatment.
October is a good time to learn more about breast cancer. Did you know … Read more…
Aetna recently teamed up with Grandparents.com on a survey to find out what healthy means to more than 5,000 Grandparents.com members. There is a strong focus on connections between the past and the future.
Many grandparents these days live with family, with almost one in five respondents reporting that they live with children or other family at least some of the time. My mother lives alone but my sister lives nearby and sees her twice a week.
A grandparent never really retires: A large number of survey respondents still work either full- or part-time. My mom sells wellness products so I can attest to that! I think a part-time vocation keeps my mom active.
Grandparents are online! Almost half (46.3 percent) say they use mobile devices such as phones and tablets for Internet searches about health. My mom is on Facebook!
Grandparents have a health focus. More than a quarter (27.2 percent) say they wish they had started exercising 20 years ago. More than one in seven (14.4 percent) state they wish they had started taking better care of their emotional health 20 years ago through activities like yoga and meditation. My mom takes weight lifting and line dancing classes.
Hi! I'm Mia Wenjen. I blog excessively about children's books. I am also the co-founder of Multicultural Children's Book Day on Jan 27th.
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