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Old 06-14-2012, 08:57 PM
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In theory, who better to treat a head injury than an athletic department? They would normally see more than an on campus health center. Why they didn't do better with a seizure is an issue. NCAA might even be interested in that.
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Old 06-14-2012, 09:04 PM
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When she asked me if I'd hit my head, I couldn't remember, but when I put a hand on the back of my head it came away bloody. She sent me to our athletic department (because I am an athlete the Health Center is not allowed to treat us), which prescribed rest and told me to go to class if I could.
At this point I was alarmed and I tried to go to the Health Center, only to get lost several feet outside my dorm. Security escorted me to the Health Center which again directed me to the athletic department.

They again prescribed rest and suggested that I avoid classes for a week or so. After three weeks of this I was still having symptoms (and I had missed my final exams), so I sucked it up and finished the semester.
Get copies of your medical records, and get a personal injury lawyer. I'm completely serious...if they missed a skull fracture and weren't concerned about seizures, they need a wake up call. At the least they should be observing possible concussion cases overnight. Those symptoms are serious. Did you see an actual doctor at the Health Center? So many people sue over petty things...you need to pursue legal action over this one that is serious. Being swamped is no excuse for poor care.
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I have had 14 (or more) concussions since the age of 17. Never fractured my skull, but in my experience, the symptoms typically start to subside in a few days to a week and you start to feel really good withing 10 days to 2 weeks. YMMV.

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I have had 14 (or more) concussions since the age of 17. Never fractured my skull, but in my experience, the symptoms typically start to subside in a few days to a week and you start to feel really good withing 10 days to 2 weeks. YMMV.

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This happened in January... so I think we're beyond your typical concussion stuff.
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This happened in January... so I think we're beyond your typical concussion stuff.
Yup. Didn't see that it was months ago. Probably so many head injuries caused my reading comprehension to go awry
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Yup. Didn't see that it was months ago. Probably so many head injuries caused my reading comprehension to go awry
Hahahaha, it could be worse. You could be Troy Aikman. Whoo. That poor guy.
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Hahahaha, it could be worse. You could be Troy Aikman. Whoo. That poor guy.
True. Can you imagine having to play your entire pro football career for the cowboys? Sheesh, that's harsh.
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Old 06-14-2012, 09:28 PM
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No worries, Dark, I took it like you meant it =) I am sorry to hear about your father. I got lucky there: comparatively just a love tap. I've had other concussions but those were all in my childhood (before I learned to back the hell up when moving cattle haha).

Baxter's Mom, thanks! I wish I had taken the time to learn more about what was happening after the initial injury. Now that I'm reading more I'm realizing that I did it all wrong.

Romy, I was so frustrated too. But I trusted them to manage it correctly and was too dumb to get off my butt and figure out what needed to be done.

Beanie! Thank you so much! I've had MRI's before and I'm claustrophobic too but I did okay. They were very patient and we have an open facility here so that helps. Hopefully they'll do that instead of making me go through the giant, woodpecker-inhabited tube. As for the epilepsy, that does sound a lot like what happened! Fortunately I haven't had a real seizure in about a month. I still tremor sometimes but the full-blown stuff is pretty much gone which is nice.

Psyfalcon, that's what I thought too! The Health Center definitely didn't know what was up at all...but neither did the athletic department for some reason. Maybe protocol is different for athletes that are in non-contact sports?

CrazedACD, there is a doctor in our athletic department but he just made sure I didn't have a neck injury (supposedly...although I guess he didn't do a good job), checked my pupil reactivity, and then talked to me about management.

Thanks, Eddie! On the upside, now my jump to the NFL from college ball should be a breeze!

As for pursuing legal action...unfortunately I had a confrontation with the trainer about another matter in between concussions that would certainly be brought up in court. I was not in good form as my mother had been intubated while I was away at school...and then the trainer started billing my house for visits that I had not taken advantage of. I was very unprofessional and my actions would make it difficult for me to prove anything/make any sort of case beyond "well they should have told me what to do."
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Ugh sorry rereading that last bit doesn't make sense haha.

What I mean is that I had a fight with the trainer in which I said a lot of things I shouldn't have said. If I bring anything to court she will of course use that as an assault against my character/proof that I am lying or noncompliant with the orders that I was given (which is what she told me when I came back at the end of the semester: that I was still having symptoms because I hadn't been "resting" enough). There's no way I would win.
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Ugh sorry rereading that last bit doesn't make sense haha.

What I mean is that I had a fight with the trainer in which I said a lot of things I shouldn't have said. If I bring anything to court she will of course use that as an assault against my character/proof that I am lying or noncompliant with the orders that I was given (which is what she told me when I came back at the end of the semester: that I was still having symptoms because I hadn't been "resting" enough). There's no way I would win.
well if that fight came between head injuries... I'd still think you would have a good case. That fight could have been a symptom plus with the stress of your mother....

I still think you actually would have a pretty good case.

I have NO experience with head injuries but yeah this is a big deal that there was a fractured skull and seizures and NO ONE referred you to anyone else.
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