Saturday, April 27, 2013

X is for Extra Extra read all about it...



Wednesday I was attacked by mom’s walker.

Looks innocent enough, doesn't it? 


While getting it out of my trunk it opened up and one of the handles smacked me square on the bridge of my nose.

I saw stars without the help of this telescope

Remember this baby - where are the boys when you need them, eh!

I iced my face for forty minutes.

Tough chick that I am… I sucked it up and carried on. 

I felt good enough, the next day, to do a quick sketch of Bushman's chocolate dog, Gunner, when he was a puppy. So cute... here, take a look.


A quick sketch - seems my right brain was doing okay after the attack!


Then came today. (this would be Friday)

I was out in the garden - edging, mowing, raking and sweeping; I noticed my balance and concentration were off kilter for most of my time out there.

Even Thursday evening I noticed my focus (while writing “W”) was all over the map - to the point where I thought… must lay of the sauce. (poor Ginny felt a little rejected by my refusal to top her up)

During my gardening I took a phone call from my accountant and told him I was feeling a bit “out to lunch” - he thought I should go to the local emergency ward.

I did as he suggested - in light of the tragic death of Natasha Richardson - I figured better safe than sorry.

I hopped a bus to the emergency - about 10 min. from my house. (I had driven Thursday but hadn't felt all that smooth behind the wheel, truth be told)

After a bit of a wait this very appealing doctor, with the best chair-side manners, attended me.

Extensive tests were done and it was determined I had a concussion and needed to deal with it.

Dealing with it means not playing on my computer until all hours of the night thereby resting my eyes and my head. 

Therefore - Y and Z will be repeats from 2011 - besides I like them both and you will too. You will, and if not - fake it! I'll need all the love and support I can get after what I've been through. (talk about milking a dry cow)

Thanks for understanding. 

And… the funny thing is trying to type, even yesterday I noticed, the amount of typos were out of this world. I have pretty good typing skills - but right now every word - yes, every word, is spelled wrong. Sucks!! (okay, that one I spelled right) 

Thank goodness for the backspace button… if only I could backspace to before the attack of the walker!


If you’ve had a concussion tell me how you dealt with it? 

Cheers, Jenny

29 comments:

  1. Jenny, glad to hear you are getting off the computer, although this post is a bit long. Don't mess around with concussion. My daughter had a rather bad one a few years ago and we learned a lot. Instead of linking to laugh-quotes today I offer you a page I wrote on Things to do while recovering from concussion.

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    1. Thank you Rhonda - I went to look at the link, excellent advice on what to do to stave of boredom.

      Mine is in the mild/medium category - so that's reassuring. I knew I was hit hard and had really made the effort to lie down and ice my nose/face... everything hurt. But as I'm not a real complainer I just went about my business. It was two days later, which I found out when I went to the hospital was common) that I really started to get concerned.

      Thank you for sharing your experience - I was hoping for this kind of feedback. :)

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  2. Hope your nose and your concussion heals quickly!

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  3. I think I may have a concussion....for the last 20 years! Get better quick and I love the picture!
    We might have to figure out a trade for a copy of it. It would look awesome in my den!

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    1. That's why I never rushed off and did anything - like you I've been in concussion mode for years!!

      I couldn't resist showing off your little Gunner. As this was drawn on newsprint quality paper (not the best) I am going to do one on finer paper, once it's done we'll talk about how I can get it to you. :) :)

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    2. Sweet!
      I look forward to it. Rest up my friend. Clear the cobwebs or add more, whatever it takes.

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  4. Ouch! Blows to the nose are so painful, and this must have been an especially bad smack to give you a concussion. Take care of yourself! :)

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    1. Hey Linda - I was surprised that it was too, but I knew something was off on Thursday eve (about 24 hours after it happened) but put it off to burning the midnight oil a few too many days in a row. I saw it in my typing - slow and full of typos.

      Anyway, I'm glad I had it checked out - my left eye socket feels the worst as does the eyeball there; lots of pressure on it.

      Thanks for checking in on me - much appreciated. :)

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  5. Goodness gracious - is it that easy to get a concussion? I am so sorry - take care, Jenny
    karen

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    1. Hi Karen - I did not think it was, but yes, a good smack to the head - even a hard slap on the face, can jar the noggin and shake it up.

      Thanks for stopping in - always appreciated. :) :)

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  6. Hi Jenny - that was a cruel joke the walker player .. and I guess you're not going to be reading these for a while!

    I had a write off car accident - hit straight in the side by another car at quite a fast 'lick' ... my mother in England felt I should dash around the squash court after that .. I felt somewhat sick for 5 days or so I guess ..

    Just don't do anything til you feel 'normal' again - are you ever??!!!

    Cheers Hilary

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    1. Hi Jenny - meant shouldn't play squash .... H

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    2. Hi Hilary - you are so sweet for reading each of my post, commenting and leaving a ray of sunshine behind for me. Hugs to you, dear friend. :)

      I will only be reading (and replying) sporadically over the next few days - this being one of those times. It's early (10:30 am) and I feel okay, but it's definitely gotten worse as the days have passed so this weekend it's me and my bed! Which will be okay with me.

      Sorry to read about the car accident - wow, I've been there too and it's not a pleasant experience. Your mom was right in telling you to take it easy. :)

      Have a wonderful weekend Hilary, thanks for checking in on me! :) :)

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  7. Aw Jenny I don't mind at all that you won't be posting anything new this challenge, what I do mind is that you're hurt and in pain. I really hope that you get well as soon as possible, please just rest and take it easy, concussions are not something anybody can mess around with. I'll pass on this news to our special friend as well, get well soon!

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    1. Thanks, Matt - just one of those things, I guess, that makes up my ever exciting life!! :)

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  8. You got a concussion from the walker? Hahaha.. that's too funny, lol!
    I've had a concussion once. The only treatment is rest, sleep and paracetamol.

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    1. Hi Susanne - welcome to Pearson Report.

      I agree, it is rather funny to think this much of an injury can come from having a walker handle hit me in the face. However, given how serious it is I'm laughing a little less than I initially did. :) :)

      Rest is helpful, but so boring - I'm not good at laying around. I am catching a good sleep though and also pumping myself full of Advil and Tylenol (the duo of choice over here)

      Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  9. The drawing is very nice and the subject adorable. Hope you're feeling better soon. Those spring-loaded objects can be dangerous. I seem to have an affinity for pinching my fingers in things.

    Take care of yourself. Perhaps you should wear a hockey face mask around that walker.

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    1. Hi DG - thanks for the nod re the drawing. I've only ever drawn my dog, Lucky, on the first page of my moleskine - where she was resting on a chair - I thought that was the most difficult thing ever to draw.

      Why I even attempted another animal is beyond me as their hair is mind bending. But, I am trying to do a drawing a day, and letting the source be something that crosses my path via the web or a picture I take as reference. This little dog photo was on Bushman's website and I just loved the feeling I got from it. I will try drawing it again, this time with attention to detail, placement and hair definition - might take forever... but, hey, I've got nothing but time right now.

      Don't laugh about the mask thing - I'm seriously thinking about it - that walker is dangerous! :)

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  10. Ooh, Jenny - I am so sorry to hear it (I am sure you had things on your do-list besides "recover from traumatic brain injury"!)

    So glad you are taking care of yourself, though - I will miss your posts for this next little while, but the Internet will definitely still be here when you get back!

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    1. Hi Tex - no, nothing as important as "recovering from traumatic brain injury" was on my list - guess I forgot to add it! But, low and behold... one of the gods I've upset has.

      I'll do what I'm told - rest and sleep - I've added 'eat' for good measure, since what else is there to do!!

      Thanks for stopping in and checking up on me - much appreciated. :)

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  11. That's a great puppy sketch. You're quite talented, even after an injury.


    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Joyce - maybe the knock to my head has released the creative juices locked away on the right side of my brain. Maybe...!! :)

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  12. That's too bad.
    Last year I am pretty sure I gave myself a concussion with the pry bar that came back and smacked me in the head during the room remodel.
    I just went about my day. No time to coddle myself with a room to tear apart and put back together. I felt woozy for several days, but I wasn't about to stop. Yes, I should have, but Honeyman couldn't do the room all by himself.
    Take it easy!

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    1. Hi Ruth - I get the "keep going" attitude - that's mine too. If it wasn't for my accountant stressing the importance of being looked at I might very well be struggling along thinking this is one badass headache.

      In fact, as the days have passed my face feels like it's been beaten quite seriously... which is so weird because when it happened I most definitely knew I had hurt myself but never figured it to be so serious.

      Anyway, I'm off to make a phone call to have a talk with the Early Response Concussion Service that the attending physician referred me to. I gather they will advice me on how to go forward with this.

      I sure hope you are good now, after yours - I can't imagine you wanting to do much work after something like a pry bar hitting you in the head.

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  13. Oh Moo! You are such a trooper/superstar! I love you!

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  14. Oh my goodness! Glad you got that checked out, I didn't realize there could be such a delay in symptoms (other than the stars)

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    1. I'm taking a wee peek at my computer... alas, my head is throbbing and I think I'm heading back to bed. Never knew it could get so much worse. The stars are pretty though... still seeing them!!

      Thanks, Andrea, for stopping by - much appreciated. :)

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Thanks for dropping by and sharing your thoughts.

I'd give you a penny for them, but alas we just snuffed it out. Yup...gone!
It's all about the nickel now...so at this rate you can leave 5 thoughts!

Cheers, Jenny

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