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  • Concussion Vent!

    Concussions suck.

    So this is what happened. On Sunday the 11th i was at a horse show. My horse and i were moving up from pre-childrens to childrens. so we get there warm up over smaller jumps cause that is what they had set up when we got there. after the pony division we school at the height it was going to be in the classes. so my horse is being really slow and we are just making it over the jumps. so then we go into our first course. we get around 6 of the jumps, not beautifully but enough to get over them, so we are heading to the 7th and we cut the turn way too much so i turn out. then i turn back to it and he refuses. then i turn him back again hold onto my right rein and put pressure on with my left leg (theres a wall to the right of the jump) and he refuses again. so i go out of the ring reorganize and get spurs on. after that i go into my 2nd course. going to the first jump i put my leg on with a little bit of spur (didnt want to put on too much at first) and he refuses! so then i make a circle and dig the spurs into his side and i get him over it but we lost a ton of momentum and only had 3 strides to the next. we get to the next, totally pop it, we land, i hit my head on his neck, i turn over and end up on the ground. i jumped up and walked out of the ring. the back of my head hit the ground first so i had a really bad headache. i took off my helmet and scratched out of my last course but went on to do the flat. (my excuse is that the jumps were definately bigger than they were supposed to be and it was really cold! and we all have our bad days right?)

    Since the fall i have had a headache that will not go away! to add to that the week following the fall i had midterms! i found it hard to concentrate and did ok, but not my usual on tests. so i had them mon-thurs. on fri when the headaches were not gone i went to the doctors and got diagnosed with a concussion. if the symptoms were not gone by mon i was to go see a specialist. of course they were not, so i went to the specialist today and they did a bunch of tests and i also got an mri. they said i wasnt allowed to go to school today and tomorrow, and then after that only half days next week (alternating with going in the morning and afternoon.) this also means no homework and no test. (that may sound great, but im going to be soo behind!) im also not allowed to exercise at all! so that means no riding for a few weeks! so basically i have to be a couch patato for a little bit and it sucks!

    Sorry that was so long! i just needed to get my frustration out!

  • #2
    I can understand why you're frustrated -- Hope you're feeling better soon --

    I'm dealing with tendonitis and can't ride now either -- I just keep telling myself that at least I picked a 'good' time to be hurt -- It's been so cold the past few weeks --
    "I never mind if an adult uses safety stirrups." GM

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    • #3
      i'm so sorry!
      hope all ends well and you'll be able to ride again soon
      proud owner of a crazy dutch warmblood

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        #4
        thanks! yeah i just feel like i'm going to lose all my muscle!

        and dab-- people have been telling me its better that it's cold! haha i agree! i'm not missing too much!

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        • #5
          You'll have lots of time to go helmet shopping.

          Hope you feel better soon.

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          • #6
            You won't lose your muscle- I once couldn't ride for 3 weeks because I broke my collar bone, and I was ok.

            This too will pass.

            I had a concussion a few years ago- my horse fell on me when I was hacking at an out of town show with a different barn/ trainer (friend of my trainer). Long story short- I didn't have any one to take care of me so I continued on as normal. Two weeks of early mornings and late nights, and a headache every time I turned my head too quickly, jostled my head/ neck at all, and every time I sneezed.
            flogarty
            "It is difficult not to be unjust to what one loves" Oscar Wilde

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            • #7
              "the back of my head hit the ground first so i had a really bad headache."

              Red flag is waving. The adult with you should have taken more caution; especially with a head injury. Sometimes a rider really doesn't realize how hurt they are. Why do you think there is a rule in place about falling off in a show ring? It doesn't matter even if you land on your feet. Your adult supervisor failed you. You should not have continued riding with a "really bad headache." I hope that you are feeling better now. Be careful.

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              • #8
                I had a mare toss me at a horse show and it knocked me black out for a second. Not wanting to freak out my students, I jumped up and got back on in like a second. I really wanted to lay there and suffer through for a minute. it sure hurts worse when your older!!!!

                Be careful! And yes, new helmet shopping. They say you should replace one every time you have a serious fall and this sounds like it was pretty serious!

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                • #9
                  please, next time anyone has a really bad headache after a fall, do not "soldier on". this is especially important if it is not the first time you have suffered a concussion. multiple brain injuries can have a cumulative effect, until one day a tap on the head can literally kill you.

                  slow brain bleeds ( sub-dural hemmotoma <sp?>) are not uncommon. weeks after a fall your symptoms can escalate exponentially. never ignore ringing in your ears, nausea, pupils which do not respond symmetrically to light.

                  glad you are all right.

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                    Originally posted by fair judy View Post
                    please, next time anyone has a really bad headache after a fall, do not "soldier on". this is especially important if it is not the first time you have suffered a concussion. multiple brain injuries can have a cumulative effect, until one day a tap on the head can literally kill you.

                    slow brain bleeds ( sub-dural hemmotoma <sp?>) are not uncommon. weeks after a fall your symptoms can escalate exponentially. never ignore ringing in your ears, nausea, pupils which do not respond symmetrically to light.

                    glad you are all right.

                    thanks to everyone. yes now i will definately not get back on when i feel these symptoms. I think that i was just so upset that i wasn't able to stay on and felt that i needed to get back on. and the fall did not really look that bad. that's probably why everybody, except my sister who also rides, was fin with me getting back on. my sister has the video so i'll try to get it uploaded.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by fair judy View Post
                      please, next time anyone has a really bad headache after a fall, do not "soldier on". this is especially important if it is not the first time you have suffered a concussion. multiple brain injuries can have a cumulative effect, until one day a tap on the head can literally kill you.

                      slow brain bleeds ( sub-dural hemmotoma <sp?>) are not uncommon. weeks after a fall your symptoms can escalate exponentially. never ignore ringing in your ears, nausea, pupils which do not respond symmetrically to light.

                      glad you are all right.
                      Holy dang, I'll remember that.
                      The last time I got a concussion was when I was at a show a few months ago.. I was schooling my mare in the hunter ring (first red flag -- she's a total jumper. Not meant to step foot in the hunter ring. HAha) when a jerk fired up a chainsaw right next to the jump I was jumping.. Mare launched herself over the jump, bucked, unseated me, saddle slid off with me, got dragged for a few strides, then got kicked in the head and landed in a heap..
                      I still don't remember that. It was the weirdest thing.. I know I gained conciousness to walk down to the lower arena and sit down (I'm sure I was checked out thoroughly before that), but I don't have any memory of doing that. I just like I gained conciousness fully, and I could start functioning and realizing what's going on around me a full 5 minutes after I woke up.

                      Needless to say, I insisted on getting back on, and then fell off the next day.
                      Worst show of my life.
                      THE NUMBER ONE REASON HORSES ARE BETTER THAN BOYS:
                      a horse will love you forever!

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                      • #12
                        pupillary reaction is the crucial indicator of a serious problem. close your eyes and count to thirty. open them in bright light. if you do not have a perfectly even reaction with your pupils head straight for a neurologist. seriously.

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                        • #13
                          I am sorry you're laid up -- and as a chronic headache sufferer, I sympathise. I hope you start feeling better soon!

                          Concussions are nasty things. I know two people who have fallen and gotten bad concussions which resulted in post-concussion syndrome; in both cases the effects were very debilitating. One friend was basically turned into a mental and emotional zombie a few days after her concussion - it was truly scary how different she was. DO NOT take concussions lightly! I know we are all tempted to just get back on and ride anyway -- I myself have done the exact same thing after two concussions, before I saw these two situations -- but the potential for disaster with head injuries is very real.

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                          • #14
                            I feel your pain. I've had several concussions over the years from falls. The worst was 3 years ago during a lesson just before thanksgiving during my 3rd year of law school (and unfortunately only 2 weeks before exams began). While the fall itself should have been largely harmless, I landed on my shoulder and hit my head against the ground very hard, twice. It resulted in post-concussion syndrome which was a pretty brutal experience. I had significant memory impairments that have not totally gone away to this day. How I got through my exams and the bar exam successfully in the next 7 months is still a mystery to me. If you have any problems following a concussion - get help fast. Post-concussion syndrome is nasty. You look completely normal but the problems are very real.

                            Don't take a concussion lightly and take some time to allow your head to heal. I know I pushed too hard right afterward that one and I still pay the consequences...I never completely returned to normal after that fall which was now over 3 years ago.

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                            • #15
                              Concussions are gross. I've had two and I don't want any more... though once you've had the first one, you become prone to them whenever you hit your head. Both times it was in a lesson and I got back on and kept jumping. The first time, I got back on and jumped around the full course twice more. I don't remember anything, just magically ending up back in the barn with someone pulling my boots off... I didn't even remember coming to the barn! The second time, I jumped a couple singles. My trainer then asked me if I was ready to keep going and I broke down crying saying I didn't even remember jumping those singles.

                              Like everyone else said, concussions are serious business. Take it easy and you'll be better off in the long one.

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by fair judy View Post
                                please, next time anyone has a really bad headache after a fall, do not "soldier on". this is especially important if it is not the first time you have suffered a concussion. multiple brain injuries can have a cumulative effect, until one day a tap on the head can literally kill you.
                                This is true. I've had...ohhh...about seven concussions. My last one? Yeah, I opened a bathroom door, had my foot in the way, door bounced off my foot and hit me in the forehead. Not that bad right? Except the next thing I really remember is getting an ice pack out of the fridge; I had gotten my pants down, peed, re-panted self and walked to the break room for the ice pack. Had a nice goose egg on my head.

                                My worse one, I was throwing punches and screaming at people in the ER, took four people to hold me down for the IV, and I lost three solid days of memory and memories off and on from that summer.

                                Take it easy, rest your head.
                                COTH's official mini-donk enabler

                                "I am all for reaching out, but in some situations it needs to be done with a rolled up news paper." Alagirl

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                                • #17
                                  I totally feel for you I landed right on my head a few days before my first physics exam as a senior in college. I was SO tired for a few days, I slept all the time. Be careful to make a note of your emotions, too. I didn't realize how "off" I was until the light came back on. I wasn't myself.

                                  It's so true that you need to be over-cautious about head injuries. They are very, very serious, even if it's "just" a concussion. I hope you take advantage of the rest you've been asked to take, and stay nice and quiet so your brain can fix itself. Feel better soon!!
                                  Disclaimer: My mom told me that people might look at my name and think I had an addiction other than horses. I don't; his name was Bravado.

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                                  • #18
                                    This wouldn't have happened at Ashley Meadows would it? Because I was show in childrens and a girl on a paint got excused from the first trip, fell off in the second, skipped the third, nd came back from the hack.

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                                      #19
                                      Originally posted by CenterStage123 View Post
                                      This wouldn't have happened at Ashley Meadows would it? Because I was show in childrens and a girl on a paint got excused from the first trip, fell off in the second, skipped the third, nd came back from the hack.
                                      haha yes it was! the fall didn't look that bad did it? what horse were you on?

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                                      • #20
                                        Just remember that after you have had your first concussion, you are MUCH more likely to get another.

                                        I had my first one my freshman year of high school; I remember being about 5 strides from the jump, and then being annoyed because I was in bed and my mom woke me up to ask me what my name was. Apparently the horse I was on took off really early to the 3' oxer, I lost my stirrup and landed on my head hard. Then I tried to beat up the EMTs, ripped the IV out of my arm about 10 times, and had severe short term memory loss (like, my memory cleared every 15 seconds or so).

                                        I've had 3 minor ones since then, and every time I fall off and hit anything close to my head, i'll take a few days off. Losing muscle and practice time is just not worth messing up your brain
                                        "My shopping list is getting long but I will add the marshmallows right below the napalm." -Weighaton

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