Bob Duncan on His Son's Ongoing Recovery

Bob Duncan talks about the fact that even a year post-injury, his son still follows some of the doctor's guidelines like limiting his workload or exposure to TV.

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[Bob Duncan] Jonathan followed the guidelines from that April timeline until— in fact he's still following some of those guidelines now. But for the most part, followed them from April until August of this past year, making sure he limited his workload and limited his exposure to TV and gaming and all those just because he could tell the difference himself that his brain was getting better. So it's almost been a year since he suffered the concussion, and Jonathan still continues to struggle. At times it causes frustration with him. Things—going to the grocery store and forgetting what he went to the grocery store to get. Going into a room to pick up something after we've asked him, "Jonathan, could you do this, that?" and then forgetting, and then again— And there have been times driving to either stores or restaurants he has to stop and gather his thoughts on where he is going and how he is going to get there. He just—it doesn't come back to him, and for Jonathan that is extremely frustrating because he has always had a somewhat photographic memory— quick to remember things, and so it's struggle. At the same time that helps Jon to remember of what he's dealing with and to always be cautious with his head and what he's doing and to follow some of the compliance things that the physicians ordered for him.
Posted on BrainLine February 21, 2014.

Produced by Sharon Ladin and Justin Rhodes, BrainLine.

About the author: Bob Duncan

Healthcare Executive Bob Duncan and his wife, Sarah, have three children. Their son Jonathan was a sophomore nursing student and a cheerleader at Marquette University when he sustained a concussion that led to an academic leave of absence and ended his cheerleading career.

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