June and her concussion talk into a phone

When we left each other, signing each other’s yearbooks and promising to be best friends forever, I had had a car accident and was feeling very sad.

The good news is, things got worse!

The day after my accident, Thursday, I went to the chiropractor and he said I had whiplash and to lie on a bag of ice over the weekend. I did that, and I also made a Dr. appointment for Monday even though I kept thinking it was stupid to go to the doctor.

I went to work Monday morning, copy editing something on my computer screen for about two hours. When I was done with it after two hours, I was so exhausted I could’ve fallen asleep sitting up at my desk. I was dizzy, too.

I went to the doctor then, even though I’d considered canceling the appointment about 59 times. I told her about the accident, showed her my bruises—which she called “contusions,” which was a lot more exciting than the word bruises—and I told her how the day of the accident I forgot what day it was, and how the next day I was trying to make all my important accident-related phone calls and people would start sentences and then just end up speaking gobbledy.

Then I told her how I had worked two hours that day and was just exhausted already. “Were you staring at the computer?” she asked me. I told her I had been, and she told me I had a concussion.

I was given strict orders to “not stare intently at the computer or read with any heavy concentration,” which is of course my entire job. She told me I could work four hours a day, but that I had to take a break every 20 minutes.

So I did that. Monday through Thursday, I worked four hours, sometimes two hours at a time, sometimes all four hours in a row. I dutifully took the breaks.

The good thing about concussion is, you get your rest. I would come home and sleep like a toddler. I would say for that first week after my accident I was sleeping three or four times a day.

One morning, I was making my bed, and as I smoothed my pillowcase I said to it, “I’ll be seeing you in just a few hours.” Man, I slept like the dead. That was some great sleep, those first few days.

Yesterday, I went back to the doctor, and I told her that even though I was dutifully taking my 20-minute breaks and napping all the time, I was still getting a headache at the end of the day.

So now I am on a full leave from work up until next Friday.

I know that being told you cannot work for a week and all you have to do is rest sounds like a delightful time, but here’s what I cannot do: any physical activity, like exercising or cleaning the house. I cannot watch TV. I cannot go to the movies. I cannot look at a computer screen. I cannot look at my phone. I cannot read a book.

“What else is there?” asked my coworker, Griff. I told him I really didn’t know. “Have you checked out the Beach Boys’ entire canon?” He asked me. Griffin is an idea man.

I also, by the way, I am not supposed to really be in the sun. Something about the light. That’s why I can’t look at the TV or the phone or anything as well.

I am speaking this entire post into my phone and looking off dramatically to the side the whole time. I am certain this thing is riddled with errors but I’m not going to look.

Here are two things I have figured out I can do: I can listen to audiobooks on my Google Home. I can also shop. It occurred to me that my doctor is probably going to say the fluorescent lights are bad for me at Sephora and Target and Belk, which is where I have gone so far, but fuck it. It’s all I have left, man.

So far, I have listened to one audiobook in its entirety. I downloaded a book called Three Women, which I thought was this current bestseller but a different book got downloaded. It’s a Maeve Binchy-like book set in Ireland about, wait for it, three women. It was pretty predictable but I still listen to the whole thing. Because I have nothing else to do.

Also, I have been trying to force myself to go outside and drive somewhere every day so I don’t get phobic. I’m still really fucking scared and I look nervously at the rearview mirror every time I stop. Tomorrow I take the little kitten to get her shots and I am 100% terrified to drive down that road where my accident was.

(My phone keeps telling me my car is parked on that street, because that’s the last time my phone knew where my car was. Sad.)

Oh! Let me throw in a picture of the kitten. It means I’ll have to look at the screen but I’ll do it really fast.

heeeeee. Did she get bigger?

Anyway, that’s what’s going on with me. I go back to the doctor on Friday to see how I’m doing.

I would love to obsessively google concussions, but I can’t look online.

Also, if you send me comments I won’t be able to read them. I’ll read them when I’m well again. When I am whole again. When I’m not talking to you and looking dramatically to the side.

The thing is, when you’re happy, you usually don’t notice it. I had been pretty happy lately with my new car and my trips to the trainer. I was looking kind a good and my car was adorable.

I loved that car, although now I’m scared to drive in it, and I loved having my personal training sessions. Life was going pretty well. I didn’t appreciate it till now that I can’t do a lot of stuff.

What can you do.

I look forward to reading your comments in six days.

Side-glancingly,

June

56 thoughts on “June and her concussion talk into a phone

  1. June, so happy to hear from you and wish you a complete recovery. Thank goodness you didn’t cancel your doctor’s appointment.

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  2. I didn’t read the comments, because I MUST get back to grading. But, I feel the need to begin a list for you of things you can do without looking at stuff. Two things come to mind: Get a pedicure/manicure AND get a massage. Massages are in a dark room, for heaven’s sake.

    Lovely post, lovely June!

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  3. Sorry to hear about your concussion and the fatigue. When you read this it’ll be after you’re all well and good, but be sure to eat extra protein while you’re healing.

    Rest up!

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  4. P.s. I looked at Tom Hank’s Instagram account today, and his account is a little odd because he likes posting pictures of lost socks, gloves and shoes. Then I read the comments, and, June, they were creepy.

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  5. I’m so sorry about all this. Your audio books is a great idea. I’m really happy to hear how well you are taking care of yourself and not saying all “puhshaw” at what the doc wants you to do. Self-care is harder than it looks. Thanks for the update. I hope everything is better real soon.

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  6. Glad to hear you’re taking care of yourself and listening to the doctor. Feel better, Joob! Kidden walking all over Mt. Eds is too cute!

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  7. Yikes! Our oldest played football. Had a concussion in grade school. Then a big one in high school and missed almost a week of school. Then he played football in college and we were all ‘Daddy is a physical therapist. We are smarter than this.’ After one year he decided to go play division one water polo and we breathed a sigh of relief. So, in the spring (junior year) at a water polo practice he took an elbow to the head and he got ANOTHER concussion. NOOOO!!! Not an easy thing to recover from. I would go crazy with no TV or reading. Come on! Feel better.

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  8. Thanks for taking the time to talk to us, June. Besides being bored, I hope you aren’t too hurty and heal with the quickness. I’m sure Edsel’s taking good care of you.

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  9. Glad you are able to comply with the medical advice.
    Podcast…My Favorite Murder. If you like that sort of thing
    Hang in there, June
    Miss you.

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  10. Feel better soon, I’ve missed you so much that you are popping up in my dreams. Not in a sexual way. I never knew you were so tidy.

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  11. Poor June! that’s all I want when I am not well is a whole bunch of “Aww, poor Lisa Pie”. Please, feel better soon. And yet, don’t rush it. concussions can take a while to move along. And please, do reach out if there is anything that we can do for you. Maybe update your wish list on amazon so we can send you surprise gifts? Whatever would make you happy. Do you have an account with Audible for more books on tape? How about a selection of great bath salts to use while you recuperate?

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  12. Oh June! I’m glad you posted. We’ve all thought of you and have been concerned. Good for you for doing what’s best for you right now. I miss you!

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  13. You are so sweet to update us. Sorry you are still dealing with this crap. Light and screen sensitivity are the worst. There are some awesome audio book narrators out there and keen podcasts. Hope you find something you enjoy to distract you while your brain heals. Prayers for a quick recovery.

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  14. By the time you’re able to read this, we’ll have changed FBoJ to the I Miss Joob Support Group. Yes, we are missing you but glad you’re following Dr’s orders.
    Heal well and hopefully soon.
    Snowflake does look bigger. Her baby belly is still adorable.
    Voice to text gets an A+.

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  15. I am so glad to hear from you. I have been lost in the mornings without your blog or instagram pictures. See, I have no life. Please get well soon and take care.

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  16. Thank you for updating us on your condition, and I’m sorry to hear you’re not feeling much better yet. I hope you feeling less concussed soon. I didn’t realize there were so many recovery restrictions! Holy boring!
    I understand driving so you won’t get phobic. In just under 2 years, I was in 3 car accidents that were not my fault. At this point, I actively try to control others’ driving with the power of my stare in the rear view mirror. It seems to be working!

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  17. I’m impressed that you’ve been driving and shopping, and proud (as if I had anything to do with it) that you’re working on not being phobic. It does take a while to stop Noticing certain stretches of road, I’ve found. Good luck with finding fun podcasts and audiobooks, and very kind of you to endanger your health to supply our Eds and kitty fixes.

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  18. Kitten is much bigger!
    Keep getting your rest; glad you are starting to do better. Sounds so boring not being allowed to be on the computer or read. Ugh.

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  19. Hi June,
    I’m glad you’re in the midst of the healing. Edsel and the kitten are so adorable in that photo. Looking forward to your next update.

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  20. So glad you keep us abreast of your situation, we were all really worried clutching our pearls, so thank you thank you thank you! We wish you a speedy recovery, Juan

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  21. I’ve missed you, too. Tee said it to a T. (The Grammarist said I did that right.)
    Concussions are serious business and I’m glad you’re taking care of yourself. I’ve worried about you.
    Thank goodness for audiobooks and being able to at least binge listen to Netflix. Get well soon. I’m waving from the doorway.

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  22. It sounds like you are progressing with your healing. I am glad to hear it. My sister and my friend both had concussions in the past year. Both had similar instructions to yours re: screens and activity. I am happy to hear that you are listening to your doctor (but not looking at) in order to heal.
    I have no tips to pass on to you from my sister and my friend – they both said that it was a horribly boring time – but like you they got great sleeps.
    Headaches are horrible – here’s to hoping that yours pass quickly.

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  23. I wish I lived close so i could come and read to you. But really between you and me we would probably just blab too much and hurt your brain. Hope all that forced rest helps.

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  24. Glad you are following all of the concussion protocol. Concussions are no joke. Keep taking care of yourself and we will all be here when you return!

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  25. Find a man to get you through the next week. You could have non stop sex and eat. That sounds like an awesome way to spend the week. Oh, and drink wine!

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  26. Thanks for this update. Also, too, thank you for going to the doctor and then trying to follow your dr orders. Doing nothing is exhausting! Good healing thoughts are being sent your way. As well as not having bad drivers in your way.

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  27. Goodness I’ve been worried about your addled brain. Seems like it’s fine other than the not able to use it part.

    Now we will just talk amongst ourselves and let you rest!

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  28. Hi, June!!! So glad to hear from you. I was getting very worried. I know you can’t read on the computer or the phone but maybe your friend, The Poet, could come to your house and read your comments to you??
    Poet??? Are you available, please?
    Thanks, Mrs Gumby

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    • I offered to do this–she said later. My other carefully specific suggestions haven’t hit the mark yet. I confess that I was hugely relieved not to be taken up on my rash proposal that I rake the waspy pears.

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      • You are a trooper, Poet! I’m glad you don’t have to rake the waspy pears either!

        I hate wasps and hornets. So. Very. Much.

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  29. Also was just wondering- can your phone maybe read you the comments? Not that you’ll see this to be able to answer that any time soon.

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  30. Thank you for updating! I’m glad you are resting up and working on getting well!
    I‘m certain I had a concussion once and didn’t go to a doctor because I felt like an idiot about what happened. I apparently did all things I shouldn’t have. I felt like I was in a fog all the time. I can’t imagine trying to copy edit with that brain fog! I’m glad you kept your appointment so you know how to get better.
    I was thinking maybe a play would be good entertainment if there is something like that near you, but the lights there may be a problem too. Sending well wishes for a speedy recovery!

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    • If you hit your head on the steering wheel while wearing a seat belt I would also sue the car manufacturer. Especially since the air bag didn’t deploy.

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  31. Thanks for the update! Your phone did a good job transcribing. I cracked up about your looking off dramatically to the side- ha! Can just picture it. Did you have to get a brain CT and stuff? Naps and time off work normally seem nice, but not when you HAVE to taken them because of being wiped out. It sounds like things have been a bit lonely, too. It’s always kind of a dilemma when a person is “poorly” (isn’t that what they say back there?), but you’re not sure whether to show up and offer help, or just call, or whether both of those things might be an intrusion, especially since you’re sleeping a lot. Even if you’re not getting many or any guests, though, know that a lot of people miss you and are thinking about you. Oh, and Snowflake really DOES look bigger. Hope you don’t get too much of that storm back there. Can you get the grocery store to deliver PopTarts and frozen mac and cheese? Grocery delivery is a wonderful thing.

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  32. Guess you could let that little kittle (she IS bigger) walk all over you too. A fine little kitty paw massage, I bet it will tickle.
    Glad to hear from you , was worried,still am, take care.
    I would probably fall asleep having a book read to me , in your condition.
    Weeeeee miisssssss youououou. (hand waving seriously above my head)

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    • I would think calling a personal injury lawyer would be the way to go IF the other person’s insurance was not being cooperative. If I recall correctly, June isn’t having any troubles there. People think that if you sue, you get money and lots of it. You don’t. Whatever settlement is awarded gets divided 3 ways: the lawyer, the doctor and the victim. Oftentimes, the victim walks away with less money than if they had just settled straight with the insurance carrier on their own.

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  33. I’m so glad you’re laying low and not dead! I was worrying! I don’t know if you’re looking for recommendations since that might come in under the advice category but I checked out the audio book about the female codebreakers Netflix series from our online local library and it was wonderful. Bonus about the library is if you hate them, just return and download something else – when you can look at the screen again.

    Happy shopping!

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  34. Being in an accident doesn’t just do a number on you physically, it’s messes you up mentally as well.

    Hang in there and get your rest. Listen to podcasts as well as audio books. Play with cats and let Edsel fuss over you.

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  35. I guess you can’t even endlessly walk with Edsel since no sunshine. Ain’t no sunshine when June’s gone………

    ANYWAY. Hope you feel better soon. Sleeping for hours on end sounds like my first 10 months of retirement. But now I feel like it is time for me to actually do something although I’m not sure what yet. I’ve been reading endlessly – 200+ books so far this year – and sleeping and eating. Thank you for posting to let us know how you are doing and the cutest little kitten picture! I hope Ned is still wanting to take Snowflake! Did we ever decide if it is a he or she?

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  36. Oh June, I have missed you so much. Follow Doctor’s orders rest and then rest some more so your brain will be it’s smart self. The kitten has really grown and Edz looks like he’s had it with that kitten. Prayers that you heal fast.

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  37. I’m glad you posted! I was getting worried. Fast healing to you and damn, that kitten is adorable. You know what else is probably allowed? Petting kittens. Snuggling kittens. General kittening. 😀

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