10/29/09

Phone is Fixed and Football is Finito!!!

After dealing with Mediacom for nearly a week, they fixed our phones today so we have telephone service once again. Talk about a headache...

Speaking of headaches, on the opening offensive play of the playoff game last night against Marshalltown, Zack suffered a concussion on a completed pass after the defender tackled him immediately after he had already thrown the ball. Down he went backwards and slammed his head on the ground. He was slow to get up and appeared a bit dizzy. As the game went on, his headache increased and he was confused at the coaches play calls and not running the correct plays due to his confusion.

Finally, the offensive coach asked him if was okay and recognized something wasn't right. They pulled him at the start of the 4th quarter after Zack was totally confused. He spent the rest of the game on the sideline holding his head and plugging his ears because the noise was too loud for him (and his headache). That's when we finally realized something was wrong with him. Although I saw him get yelled at a couple of times in the first half and he seemed a bit out of it on the sidelines. Now we know why...

We took him to the E.R. for safety's sake today where the doctor confirmed the mild concussion. No need to mention reading up on concussions in football and the dangers involved. Wow - it is scary!!!! I'm glad his head didn't hit again before he came out of the game. It was a very one sided game as we lost 49-14 and Marshalltown is now 10-0 as they advance to the second round of the playoffs. They were impressive from top to bottom with a very exciting offense.

Zack will heal, but he is not to do any athletics for at least a week. He seems better this evening compared to last night and this morning. It was our conversation at breakfast that had me recommend the E.R. visit. He was not very coherent and with all the concussions I have had from cycling, I recognized his symptoms. Luckily, he is doing better this evening. So it appears we have survived those crucial first 24 hours. Thank goodness...

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