Posts Tagged ‘tournament’

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!!!!

Fools!

November 29, 2008

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On top of Austin’s hockey tournament this weekend, Larisa was in the play Fools! by Neil Simon with her homeschool production troop.  I had never seen or heard of this show, but my sister probably has.  The play is hilarious!  It’s about a Russian town that had a curse of stupidity… and can I just say here for the whole world to know… Larisa and her friend Hannah were PERFECT for this play.  It was so believable when they acted stupid.  It was almost like they weren’t even acting… I’M JOKING!  But it was highly comical.  Larisa was Lenya, the Dr.’s wife, and what a prize part this was…. I still smile when I think of her facial expressions.  The lines reminded me of Amelia Bedelia with the dusting the book (adding dust) and drawing the drapes (with a pencil.)  What fun!  Next semester it’s Once Upon a Mattress…. nope, I don’t know anything about this play either.  Christy?  Stay tuned until April.

Hockey Tourney News:  Austin scored twice today and his team is in the final game tomorrow.  Wooo Hoooo!  Boy, this has been a rough set of games… lots of hitting and boarding.  I’m not sure if I like this, especially when the 12-year-old, 5’10”, 185 lb. man-child from the Tucson team goes at my 99 lb. boy.  The kid is bigger than the refs.  And this is Pee Wees.  I felt like yelling, “Run for your life!” but I refrained.