Answer: When in doubt, seek medical attention!
It was a sunny February day when it happened. A blinding pain shot down from the top of my head, dizzying me. My neck stiffened. Confused, I stepped backward. The Sacramento sky was blurry. My agony radiated. I had just bashed my head against the Williams Mobility van while vacuuming at my neighborhood Quick Quack Car Wash.
I called my doctor. I thought I had a concussion.
What is a concussion?
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury (TBI) that affects your brain function.
Categorized as a mild TBI, a concussion can result from motor vehicle collisions, falls, sports injuries, and in my case, lack of awareness of the whereabouts of my head in relation to my van.
If you think you’ve had a concussion, what should you do?
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, seek medical attention:
If you are unsure, consult your doctor. While most people will have a headache and possibly dizziness for a day or two and then fully recover, some people can develop bleeding or a blood clot. This can be life-threatening, so when in doubt, seek medical attention! Remember, it is possible to have a concussion and not realize it!