Concussions and My Altercation with a Coffee Table

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This weekend, I got hit in the head with a coffee table. Yes. You read that right. I did not “hit my head on a coffee table”. I was hit…in the head…with a coffee table. Talk about a good night right? Oddly enough, it was at the conclusion of a party that was 1/3 post game (GO HOKIES!), 1/3 birthday celebration for a girlfriend, 1/3 birthday celebration for me. I was laying on a couch cushion while my friends were setting the apartment back to its original state after making sure the table (sitting on its side) was far enough away from me. I think I nodded off for a split second, after maybe seeing someone heading to walk past me, then WHAM! Coffee table. In my state of mind, the pain didn’t hit me until after the ferociously loud noise did.

As my friend was trying to assess my level of consciousness by having me follow his finger, I became nauseous on a second front with one of my eyes half covered thanks to me clutching my now throbbing head. I managed to get a bruise on the left side of my head…and on the outside of my right knee and on my right hand. Figure that one out. My bruises are beside the point. This all made me wonder if I’d gotten my first concussion. Of course I refused to look up any symptoms beyond those I already knew so as not to imagine I had any of them.

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So let’s talk symptoms (as laid out by NIH):

  • Altered level of consciousness (drowsy, hard to arouse, or similar changes)
  • Confusion, feeling spacey, or not thinking straight
  • Headache
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Memory loss (amnesia) of events before the injury or immediately after
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Seeing flashing lights
  • Feeling like you have “lost time”

Should you experience any of the following, seek immediate medical care:

  • Changes in alertness and consciousness
  • Convulsions (seizures)
  • Muscle weakness on one or both sides
  • Persistent confusion
  • Persistent unconsciousness (coma)
  • Repeated vomiting
  • Unequal pupils
  • Unusual eye movements
  • Walking problems

An MRI, head CT or EEG can be used to diagnose a concussion. Luckily for me, a hospital visit was unnecessary. My only real symptom seems to have been the headache accompanying my super huge bruise…that still hurts 5 days later.

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Post concussion, DO NOT take aspirin, Advil or similar drugs. Eat light, avoid exercise or vigorous activities and alcohol until recovery. Tylenol/acetaminophen is fine to treat headaches. And learn from my mistake. If you want to curl up on a couch cushion with a coffee table nearby, wear a helmet.

For more on concussions, click here.

:: Also, great news! The LVH kittens (aka the Fantastic Four) came back negative for FIV!!! ::

 

VMCAS Deadline Countdown: 25 days

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