Lauren Pronger - wife of Philadelphia Flyers captain Chris Pronger - spoke with Comcast SportsNet recently and told them that her husband, and future Hall of Fame defenseman, is having his good days and his bad days while recovering from his concussion --
We're all praying for Chris, not that he returns soon to the ice but that his well-being is spared and he makes a full recovery. After all, he is a family man first and a hockey player a distant 2nd.
Lauren tells us how badly Chris wants to be playing right now, which should come to no surprise to no one. Prongs is a warrior, and a warrior doesn't know how to quit. But a mild brain injury like the one Chris has sustained is more than enough reason to curb his combatant charisma and yield to full health.
The recovery path is unique to each person who's battling through post-concussion. It can take several weeks or several months. The good news is that the "good days and bad days" is a sign of normal recovery in Pronger's case.
On the bad days, Chris could be experiencing one or more of the following symptoms:
- Low grade headaches that could be stubborn and unrelenting.
- Poor attention and concentration.
- Intolerance of bright light and loud noises.
- Trouble focusing his vision.
- Anxiety, as well as mood swings.
Everyone's had a terrible headache. And I know we've all subjected others to our mood swings. But Pronger has been experiencing these symptoms on a steadily intermittent basis. The constant exposure to this misery is what's keeping him from returning to the Flyers locker room.
On the good days, doctors tell their patients to give themselves time to complete the daily chores and tasks laid out in front of them. Even though they may feel 100%, pushing your body too hard could result in surfacing any one or more of the symptoms I listed above.
It doesn't matter how tough you are, you cannot weather through this storm while playing ice hockey.
Chris' frustration levels have got to be sky high, so I'm not only praying he makes a full, quick recovery, but I'm also praying he finds a tranquil way to cope with the fact he will not and cannot put on the skates any time soon.
Get well, #20.