Giving myself a concussion- An unexpected Adventure

Yesterday could have been a day like any other, but no, not for me! It just had to be *special* 😮

My day started like any other. woke up, showered, got dressed, & headed out the door. The kids had already beat me getting into the car.

In a swift motion, I got into the car… banging my head (at the temple) on the sun visor of my Toyota Camry. Who else but me could be so clumsy? The visor was pulled straight down & in perfect position to whack my head. Evidently it knocked me out. Everything was dark, I couldn’t see anything. After about 7-8 minutes, I could hear the boys far off in the distance. I must have been holding my head as the pain resonated through my brain. We sat there in the drive way with the car running, for at least 15 minutes until my vision cleared.

I had a terrific pain in my head like none other before. I dropped the boys off and went to work. During my 45 minute commute, the pain that was in my temple, started spreading over the right side of my head, behind my ear, & into my neck. By the time I reached my place of employment, my vision doubled again. I was sick to my stomach. I couldn’t concentrate or focus (or walk straight). It was spooky, like being in a fun house.Except, this was real.
Luckily, we have an onsite nurse where I work. I went to see her to get ice packs. She spoke to me about concussions and the harm they can cause. She  recommended I see my doctor or leave in an ambulance. Since my Doctor’s office is just across the street, I elected to see him.

I could imagine the headline on the news or local paper in my head:

Clumsy 35 yr old woman dies after self inflicted concussion by sun visor.
Widow of 2 children dies in freak accident. Concussion by stupidity.
Automobile sun visors to have new warning label to protect against head injury after woman dies of freak death.

My obituary: Chrissy passed suddenly, after accidental self initiated blunt force trauma to the head. She is survived by the smarter family members.

I was driven to my doctor’s office & waited to see the doctor there. I was fully rested but for some reason, I couldn’t keep my eyes open. I slept in the waiting room. Then, I slept in the room waiting to see the doctor. He went through a series of questions to determine if I was “with it”, had any neurological issues, or was just generally confused. He tested my reflexes. Finally, he pronounced me with a concussion. One that was mild, but my brain was shook up nonetheless.
He told me to go home and rest. He said, much like a computer, my brain needed to be reset. Resting (no stress) was the only thing that would fix it. So I went home.

I had heard so many things about people with concussions (bad to sleep afterwards) I was afraid to sleep. I truly felt like an idiot.

Today, I woke up with a horrible pain resonanting through my brain. I showered, got dressed, & went to work. All day, my head hurt and the pain would shift and move.  I realized that at times, I couldn’t remember where I was, what I was doing, or the person’s name I was talking to. I sure hope this strangeness is gone by tomorrow. This has certainly been an adventure NOT worth repeating!!

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