We were taking a nice walk the other day. Not exactly here; but in a beautiful surrounding nevertheless, in Eugene, Oregon, the Willamette River on one side, runners, bikers and mothers with strollers passing us on the other side.
We were following the river from our parking place by the Mall at Valley River Center to McGrath's Restaurant.
We got to lunch and gloated.
Yes, we had walked almost a mile from our car to the restaurant, on a pedestrian path with a beautiful view. We ate well, a salad, a piece of fish. We talked about how well the doctor's visit had gone earlier in the morning, and how our lives had been so blessed. Imagine, we said, six months ago we had had to park close to any place, especially a restaurant. Six months ago we could not walk far without a long stop. Yes, we kept saying, our lives are finally easing up.
We walked back to the car through the parking area until a few yards before we reached the car, when we crossed the parking area and walked toward the river path. Hubby slipped going up a small dirt bank separating the parking area from the river path. He struggled a bit to get his balance and fell head down, wounding the top of his head. By the time he was up on his two feet the wound had opened and rivulets of blood and dirt made their way down his face.
I had nothing with me to stop the blood, to wipe his face off. The car now appeared miles away. I debated what to do: call emergency, leave him there and go for the car...
He insisted he was fine and we walked to the car among the usual crowd of runners, mothers in strollers, bikers.
Nobody looked at us.
A few minutes later, washed and wiped, we drove to our second doctor's appointment for the day where Hubby was reviewed for his usual conditions, and then the doctor decided that he needed to be assessed by the emergency personnel. Hubby insisted he felt fine, but his doctor insisted and Hubby was wheeled to the Emergency Room and taken right in.
Head traumas are never easy to assess.
Vascular problems, internal bleeding can occur without the patient showing signs, Doctor Pacini, Hubby's Heart and Vascular Specialist advised.
Hubby was treated and released with four pages of instructions for follow up care that specify symptoms may appear even a year later.
After a head injury, here are signs to look for:
`headaches-especially with stress or physical activity
`increased sensitivity to noise
`difficulty with relationships
`decreased interest in sex
`increased susceptibility to alcohol( becoming intoxicated more easily)
If you notice any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor.
For more information related to head injuries, contact the Brain Injury Association of America