I have never had a concussion, but I am pretty sure I almost got one the other night. Surprisingly throughout all of my years of playing sports, I never got a concussion.
I had been hit in the head more times than I can count and I once slammed my head so hard on the ground diving back to a base while playing softball that I cut my eyelid open, but no concussion. I did get called out and lose the game when I dove back to the base and cut my eye, but that’s a different story.
I went to take pictures at the concert at Park Theater the other night. I haven’t been there in years and don’t think I have ever been on the balcony. I went up to the balcony to get a good shot of the singers. The opening act came out and I had the best spot for pictures so I waited for the main singers to come out. When they came out, they were wearing huge floppy cowboy hats and I couldn’t see their faces from the angle I was at. I took multiple pictures and moved all around the balcony trying to get a better angle with no luck. I decided to go back down stairs.
On my way to the stairs, I thought I would try one more time from this particular angle by the stairs. I bent over and put my camera bag and jacket up against the wall and on my way back up I absolutely smacked my head on some sort of protruding concrete piece that was on the wall. When I hit my head with full force, I took a step back and if I had taken one more step backwards I would have fallen down the stairs. Not only would I have probably broken some bones in the process, but I would have probably broken my nice, expensive camera. Luckily I only took one step backwards, but wow did that hurt.
I only have one question: who in the world thought it was a good thing to decorate the wall with concrete? I hit my head on some sort of decorative concrete beam that went horizontally across the wall. Whatever happened to flat walls? I didn’t have a concussion, but I had a huge bump and sore spot on the top of my head for days and a headache. One could argue that I should have paid more attention to my surroundings, but I really didn’t expect that to be there. I guess from now on I will reach up and feel the wall before popping up because you never know when a decorative concrete piece will claim another victim.
I felt stupid and it hurt, but luckily the room was dark and loud so I don’t think anyone was paying attention to me. There’s no telling what came out of my mouth when I did bonk my head, so I am thankful I did it when the room was loud. From now on, just be aware that anyone can decorate walls with concrete protruding concussion causers so be careful out there people.
Standard reporter Bethany Porter can be reached at 473-2191.