26 June 2013

Concussion and Conferences - Not Great Allies!

'The Butterflies' Penny Alexander, Clare Anderson, Gemma Mathieson, Michelle Pannell, Michelle Garrett, Me. 

People give me credit for the Fearsome Four Year Old not yet having been rushed up to A & E and I'm quite proud of the fact, seeing as it's a full time occupation to keep him out of danger.

He's an incredible little thing - bright and energetic, a whirlwind of curiosity and excitement and he likes to live life on the edge.

But it was the edge of his badminton racquet that got me - in the side of the head, as he swung it with all of his might in order to hit a shuttlecock he'd picked up whilst I was bending down to get another.

To say I saw stars in an understatement.

I saw the osteopath and the GP too.  Concussion was diagnosed.

Have you ever heard of a Butterfly with concussion?

The headache appeared on Day Three.  The conference was on Days Four and Five.

The dazed feeling is still around, although it no longer feels like my body is walking alongside itself.  I don't remember much of last week and seeing as I barely slept, it seems strange to have achieved so little!

Lying down stops the world spinning, but this wasn't possible at Britmums Live  I'm sorry if I didn't talk to you / see you.  I apologise if we entered into a conversation that made no sense whatsoever.

Some of me functioned properly, some of me wonders what really happened.  I did my bit - basically suggesting cups of tea to anyone who would listen and attended sessions like 'Bloggers and Brands,' presented my books to a (very encouraging) Literary Agent, tweeted my way through the Awards Ceremony to keep everyone not able to attend abreast of events and met Ericka Waller who writes Mum in the South  (Winner- 'Family' Category) for the first time, which was something we'd both been trying to achieve for a while seeing as our children attend the same school!

Meeting up with people who are now considered to be old chums is always the best bit of these conferences and keeping Anna Timms (Adventures of Ageing Matron) under my butterfly wings for the entire party, 'saving her from all manner of fright' as she put it, escorting her around it picking people off her wish to meet list was definitely a highlight and, being a Vicar's wife, she definitely kept me out of too much trouble.

By far the most inspirational person on planet Britmums that week-end was the wonderful Katie Piper, the young lady attacked and burned by sulphuric acid at the age of 24.  She gave a moving presentation about what that was like, her recovery, her work with other burns victims and her positive attitude which has helped her through the last five years.  Her mum was her 'honoured guest' but we were the ones 'honoured' - to hear her, to be in her presence and witness her words.

That incredible talk, which opened the second day, will stay in all our hearts for ever and, suddenly, the concussion and the using my brain making my head feel like it was going to explode, seemed surmountable.

Thereby followed the 'Finding Your Voice' seminar and a Social Media Crash Course by the blogosphere's equivalent of Morecambe and Wise - two brilliantly funny Award Winning ladies, mammasaurus and Mummy Barrow.  They're so popular that there was standing room only, which, unfortunately, got the better of my condition, so I had to duck out before the end, which was a real shame, because this duo don't only know what they're talking about, but are aware of how to pitch the information to those of us that only half know stuff.  I hear there are hand outs ....

And then I went home, missing out on all the afternoon sessions and the major highlight, as always, the Bloggers Keynote, where some of the strongest posts of the years are selected and read out by the very person that wrote them.  This was particularly disappointing because I missed it last year and my friend Older Mum was reading out hers but, when they've taken out the delightful host Katy Hill's  hilarious 'oversharing' we can catch up with them too!

So concussion and conferences are not meant for each other, but I have really missed being there since coming home, where coping with the kids and concussion isn't easy either.

'At least I can lie down and watch loads of telly,'  I thought - only to discover it's Wimbledon fortnight.  We won't be watching any racquet sports.  And I hope the Fearsome Four Year Old will forgive me, but we won't be playing any either for the foreseeable future.  But at least he's safe.  Rather me than him.  Let's call it an occupational hazard!

28 comments:

  1. Oh you lovely lady. I love being Morecambe and Wise

    Better than two Ronnies

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  2. How you managed such charm and vivacity when feeling unwell is beyond me!

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  3. Oh dear! Glad you still made it to the conference though. Sounded like a great experience. I am hoping to make it there next year maybe.

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    1. It would be lovely if you are able. The tickets are already on sale!

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  4. What was,

    Katy Hill's supposed 'oversharing' we can catch up with them too!

    ???

    Didn't really get that line . . whether you liked her or not???

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    1. I'd love to catch up with her 'oversharing' too but it's not to be I'm afraid. I do like her and have adjusted the line so that's clear now. She's lovely, funny and friendly :)

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  5. How amazing of you to soldier on, and I am sure there are many nervous attendees who are hugely grateful! Wish I had got to see you for a proper chat, and hope you are feeling a little better now! Xxx

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    1. It's just second nature to soldier on for most of us I think? And I wrote about how amazing we all are quite recently! xx

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  6. That sounded quite a challenge, staying compos mentis and dealing with concussion. You're quite the toughie aren't you? :)

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    1. It was a pleasure but a challenge, yes. Hadn't occurred to me about being a toughie, but that comes with the territory as a single mum, as you well know xx

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  7. Well done for making it through despite the head - it was lovely to see you as ever, and a pleasure to spend time with you, even a concussed you! Hugs xx

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    1. Thank you - you witnessed how difficult it was first hand even in the restaurant, but was well worth the effort and discomfort to catch up with people like you xx

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  8. Oh I didn't realise you had had such a week before coming and so sorry that you couldn't find me. Thanks for the heads up on the handouts as I missed that session.

    Hope to meet you soon

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    1. I need to get my hands on those hand outs too and am sure we'll get to meet sooner or later :)

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  9. Can I be Wise? ;) You do make me laugh and make me happy - being a butterfly was a great thing for you to do and made so much difference to a heap of people x

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    1. No, darling. Those specs make you Morecambe, but you're wise anyway. I enjoyed being a Britmums Live Butterfly and am glad it made a difference x

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  10. Take care of yourself, concussions can be nasty things. Middle child has suffered from one to many and they actually changed her eyesight twice in one year.

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    1. Thank you - will pick your brains over it because I daren't google it! :)

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  11. No, I have never heard of a butterfly with a concussion!! Poor you... I hope you will recover soon. Glad you managed to enjoy BritMums all the same. xx

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    1. 'Tis unusual, yes?! Thank you. Recovering all the time but still can't see properly. xx

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  12. Jeez - sorry to hear about your concussion - hope you;re feeling lots better now. Glad you managed to get to Britmums (unlike moi) but sorry you had to miss some! :(

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    1. Thank you - definitely picking up. Would have loved to have met up with you again :)x

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  13. Oh no. I hope you are feeling a bit better now and that you've had lots of rest. Pip got a badminton racquet set his birthday - will take extreme care after hearing your story. :0)

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    1. Thank you - please don't ever even mention the word - it actually makes my head hurt! Lethal, Glad you'll look after yourself :)

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  14. Hello lovely. I hope you are feeling better now. And I can't believe how strong you were, being an awesome Butterfly, while coping with not feeling 'quite there', and not feeling very well with it. I loved their social media session too, best one for me. Katie Piper was such an inspiration - incredible Keynote that was! Big hugs to you! XXX

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    1. I can hardly remember anything but do remember our albeit too brief time together xx

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