My name is May Mutter and I've been dealing with Post Concussion Syndrome for the past 3.5 years. I sustained 4 concussions within a 3 week period in February 2013 without realizing what a concussion is nor how serious it is:
- Feb 1 - slipped on ice and hit head on curling rock
- Feb 14 - got spiked in the forehead in volleyball which threw me to the ground and caused me to hit my head on the hard floor
- Feb 21 - continued to play volleyball. Didn't actually hit my head but all the diving around caused another concussion which landed me in the ER
All the help from above providers, and yet I feel I've been going through this alone. No one seems to have answers, especially in the beginning. There wasn't much about concussions when I needed it, and even now, there aren't too many first person experiences. Had I known a hit to the head was that bad, I would've taken it easy for a few weeks. I kind of treated it like a sore muscle after a workout which goes away on it's own and you just tough it through.
My goal is to raise awareness on what a concussion is and how you can prevent it in affecting your life for a longer period than it already is. What people don't realize is that you are 6-8x more likely to get a consecutive concussion in the first 10 days following your initial one. Taking it easy after an accident can make all the difference in the world.
Please feel free to share your story with me, and know you are not alone.