Posts Tagged ‘concussion’

Gross Picture WARNING!!!!

January 19, 2011

Here is the cleaned up version of my son Austin on day #3 after his snowboarding accident.  I’m perfecting protein smoothies… and bandaging owies.  He says he’s not in pain and is not taking any pain medication.  He’s one tough cookie.  His memory seems to be almost all back, except for the accident itself, which is what the neurosurgeon predicted.  We go back to the doctor tomorrow for another follow-up appointment.

Here is Austin BEFORE!

And AFTER!

No, that is not a self-induced lame haircut.  We are supposed to be keeping his hair out of the wounds, so he is wearing one of his sister’s headbands.  Kind of reminds me of one of the Three Stooges’ hairdos.  Yes, his nose has a hair-line fracture up between his eyes where all the swelling is.  I miss my handsome son!

Concussion cussion what’s your function?

April 13, 2009

Hookin’ up phrases and clauses and makin’ ’em run right.

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Yes, that’s School House Rock Saturday morning cartoons coming back to haunt me… and now you too.  Well to sum up our hockey tournament trip to Anaheimin three easy words: concussion, beach, church.  Yes, Austin got slammed against the boards in the FIRST game of the tournament and got concussion #4.  Yes, FOUR.  Not good.  Blurry vision, tingling arms, intense headache, nausea… and a front row seat to watch the rest of the team finish the tournament without him.  (Coach Rick even took a stick to the nose and has wounds to prove it.) It was a supreme bummer for all of us.  We did hit Huntington Beach twice which seemed to calm all of our nerves.  And to top off Easter Sunday we visited Free Chapel in Irvine to hear awesome music by Adam Ranney and Israel Houghton (both former music pastors from our church) and preaching from Jentezen Franklin.  We had some CHURCH… which we severely needed after the head injury and downed spirits.

So, today we visited the doctor and he ran Austin through a battery of tests which were highly similar to a drunk driving test that I’ve seen on TV.  Anyway, there was no swelling, no signs of bleeding and Aus passed all the tests.  Thank God.  We learned all about concussions being rated in three levels.  It seems Austin’s have all been level two.  I don’t know if that’s good or bad…. but we were told that they are cumulative and it takes less and less of a hit to bring one on.  So…. Aus is out of contact sports for 5 months…. which corresponds exactly with the hockey season summer break.  I’m relieved at the news that he can still play, but will be very leery of every little hit from now on.

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I have entertaining travel stories, as always, but they will wait for another blog.  GLAD to be home!!!!