Concussion changes life for a while
November 10, 2011 • Dustin Smith, staff writer
Filed under Voices
(Editor’s Note: Governor Rick Perry signed House Bill 2038, Natasha’s Law, into action beginning this school year. The law implemented specific rules about dealing with concussions received at school.)
In the junior varsity football game against Monahans, I went to cut (which is where you aim your shoulder pads at this guy’s thigh pad and knock them down), but I miss-aimed, and his knee hit me in the front of the top of the head.
After I was hit I heard a bunch of ringing, and I was really dizzy and had a really bad headache with throbbing. I went to the trainer’s room when the game was over, and my parents and Coach Hanna came in. They started asking me all these questions, like, who we played and what I ate for lunch. Coach Brown (the trainer) did some tests like flash a light in my eyes, then he made me stand up and put my arms by my sides and touch my nose with both of my index fingers. He then diagnosed me with a concussion. He told my dad what to do for me.
I got an ice bag for my neck because it was sore, and that night on the way home, I would look at the road, and I would see the road start to move because of my dizziness. That night when I was asleep my mom had to wake me up a couple of times to make sure I was all right.
For a while, my concussion is forcing me not to be on a computer, use any phone, or watch a lot of television. I am out of physical activity for at least five days and have to go see my doctor and do more tests before I can return for the last game of the season.
My life was more fun before I had it because I could be on my phone and be on the computer to look at my Facebook and play games when I am bored.
A concussion is a really serious thing to deal with and is not a thing to just blow off and not worry about. Even though it will eventually go away, and I can do the things that I like to do that I can’t with my concussion, for now I will just sit back relax and heal.