The second concussion, part 1

“Rabbit’s clever,” said Pooh thoughtfully.
“Yes,” said Piglet, “Rabbit’s clever.”
“And he has Brain.”
“Yes,” said Piglet, “Rabbit has Brain.”
There was a long silence.
“I suppose,” said Pooh, “that that’s why he never understands anything.”
A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

My second concussions happened suddenly, as concussions are wont to do. At times, you may have a warning such as watching a ball come towards you and realizing you don’t have time to duck or perhaps you can see yourself falling, but in most cases they tend to sneak up on you. With the element of surprise in their favor. Often, for the average person, a concussion isn’t such a big deal, but when the combination of existing elements plus the force and direction are just right. They can be life changing, if not devastating.

This concussion happened on a Saturday afternoon. My family was having a Lord of the Rings marathon. And I had joined them in the fun. I sat down on the couch with another brother on it. I have noticed a tendency with long movies, at least in our family, is that no one ends up in the same position then when they started. At some point over the course of an hour at some point, my brother and I had both some how managed to semi-lie down on the couch and at an extremely inopportune moment, he chose to stretch out his leg. He popped it up and brought his knee toward him and WHAM  it hit me in the side of the head, on my left ear. I still don’t think we can quite figure out how it happened and what exact positions we were in, but as odd as it is, it did. Now the other two factors that I haven’t mentioned yet but are important are the following: First, my brain still wasn’t fully recovered from a previous concussion 2 1/2 years ago. It was close, but not perfect. And, when you get one concussion on top of another, it’s bad. People die from it.  Secondly, my brother is strong. Not just average teenager-ish strong. But really strong. He does gymnast/parkour/banquine as a hobby. In fact, he and two of my other brothers won the county and state fair last year for their performances.

So the combination of a brothers really strong knee-punch to the head and my already semi-fragile state was not a good combination. Let’s just say I burst into tears.

To be continued….