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Concussions

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by heyTJ, Apr 3, 2012.

  1. heyTJ

    heyTJ Giddy up!

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    It took me 48 years, but I received my first concussion. Riding my new 4 year old Arab, he did this spinning rear and dumped me, I did land on the left side of my head and was wearing a helmet. I did not let go of the reins and pulled him down on top of me. This is what my wife told me since my memory is foggy on what happened.

    I thought he crushed my ribs, but they were just bruised and banged up. I just can't believe how much my thoughts are all over the place and generally how confused I am, this totally sucks! It happened on Sunday and the Doc told me to pretty much do nothing for this entire week. Have any of you had any experience with concussions?

    To add, I can't believe how long it took me to write this post.
     
  2. RowdyatHeart

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    I have had two. Watch yourself and have others watch you for a few weeks. Stay in dark rooms. Get a ton of sleep. The human body is amazing and with the right care, you will be fine. Troy Aikman has had 7 ---- that we know of. Be sure and have the doctor do the study on you with the electrodes on your head to make sure all is well.
     

  3. .264 magnum

    .264 magnum CLM

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    I had to take my son to a concussion specialist twice (ice hockey).

    The things that stuck with me.
    1. No noise at all for periods of more than a minute or two
    2. No/ very little reading.
    3. No TV for more that 15 20 mins.
    4. No internet for more than a few
    5. Stay out of bright sunshine and wind


    If you go to a doc you'll be barred from riding for a good while. Once you've had a concussion, for many, the next one will happen more easily. The stats are really bad when one has two in a short time.

    Best of luck. Most likely you'll feel much better in a few days. Stay off the horse.
     
  4. Psychman

    Psychman NRA Patriot Life Member

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    If you want advice from an expert in the field you may PM me.
     
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    Mrs.Cicero Wayward Member

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    I took that same fall from a horse, with the horse coming down on top many years ago. I couldn't move my neck/head for the next three days. No doctor, so I have no idea what was wrong. But my first concussion involved multiple skull fractures and a big dent in my head, and reconstructive surgery, followed by wearing a soccer helmet 24/7 for a year. Prayers for a quick recovery from the concussion for you.

    Mrs.Cicero
     
  6. Dennis in MA

    Dennis in MA Get off my lawn

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    Takes 4-8 weeks to truly heal from a concussion according to my daughter's doc. We "feel" fine after a week or two, but taking it S-L-O-W for 2 months is good advice.
     
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    Might want to start wearing a riding helmet as well in the future.
     
  8. Psychman

    Psychman NRA Patriot Life Member

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    He was wearing a helmet.
     
  9. SonOfMallNinja

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    Great advice here. I had my first one last year- fell down my basement steps and was totally out for four or five minutes. In the hospital for three days and off work for three weeks. It was another month before I felt like I was firing on all cylinders again.

    You need to give it time. You'll get all your faculties back, but it's not something you can shake off.
     
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    Those Arabians are cantankerous little ****s. My mom had three of them and I never would get on one. Any other breed and I'd be okay but not those guys. Hope you're going to be okay.

    Greg
     
  11. Mrs. VR

    Mrs. VR Sharon, you will be missed.

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    Yikes. I've had one. It's very unpleasant. I'm so glad you were wearing a helmet and weren't even more seriously injured!
     
  12. Reyn

    Reyn Times Up

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    Step son had one in football this year. Missed a bunch games and he couldn't read at school or do other things. He had bad headaches for a while.
     
  13. Dennis in MA

    Dennis in MA Get off my lawn

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    He had a horse in football??? Isn't that Polo?

    Dangit. Stop it with the side comments, thread posters! LOL
     
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    Wow, what a coincidence. My first concussion came on the back of a horse as well. I was on a foxfunt and we were on a pretty good tear down a good size hill. My horse stepped in a hole and went down and I went over his front end. Out cold.

    Some of the other riders in the field caught my horse and brought him back. I was out for about 20-30 seconds they say. They said I got up, got back on the horse and a couple of people rode back with me towards the barn. The only thing I recall from the whole incident is regaining my sense of awareness about a half mile from where I came off the horse. It was the strangest feeling suddenly finding myself two ridges over from where I was just a second ago...I was like: "Wait! How'd I get here....we were just galloping down that hill...." I have no memory of getting back up on the horse or riding over two ridges or through a good size creek. Very strange.

    Had another accident very similar except I was only out for a second and vividly remember getting back up on the horse and walking home.

    Knock on wood I haven't come off in a few years and this past year I probably took 60-70 jumps over fences/coops on foxhunts. But I've got a rock steady very honest mare and she rides like I'm sitting on a couch.
     
  15. Reyn

    Reyn Times Up

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    Concussion from football.
     
  16. heyTJ

    heyTJ Giddy up!

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    Thanks for all the info!!
     
  17. Lone_Wolfe

    Lone_Wolfe Sandbox Refugee CLM

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    Wow, glad it wasn't worse. Take care of yourself, and heal up, OK?
     
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    1st concussion was in football, second ATV wreck. Temporary to
    long term effects are very common.