Monitoring A Head Injury by Ethan Kalvin
Bumps and bangs happen to the best of us and young or old it seems that there is always a concern where a head injury is concerned. Most people run to their local emergency room for an x-ray, which will essentially only allow them to see if you have fractured your skull, which is quite rare and honestly not likely. And then if the film comes back clean they send you home to watch yourself for 24-48 hours.
Now this has always seemed like a really strange thing and honestly most men and women are just fine even with a bump or two on the noggin but in some strange cases there have been odd circumstances in which somebody seemed completely fine and then within hours of a head injury simply died. No one really understands how this type of thing can occur except to take a guess that the location of the injury actually has a great deal to do with the eventual outcome for the patient.
If you or someone you love hits their head it is a good idea to have them checked out by a medical professional and then it is best to keep a close watch on their behaviors, speech patterns, sleep habits, and to look for anything abnormal in the way they appear. Many times those things that people don't notice about themselves are those things that others tend to notice right off the bat. That is why it always best to have someone else in your presence to keep an eye on you if you have sustained a head injury. If you begin to behave oddly you may fail to notice.
Of course, there are some tell tale signs of a concussion such as dizziness, vomiting, constricted pupils, and confusion. At the very first sign of any of these things it is advisable to call 911 or rush the individual to the nearest er for evaluation. You cant ever be too cautious as far as a head injury is concerned.
Whether you fall and hit your head on something or are in a minor accident, it is always best to have yourself examined by a medical professional that can check on you and make sure that you don't have a fractured skull, neck injury, brain stem injury, or concussion. After all, you would like to go to sleep knowing that you will rise again tomorrow to face another day.
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