Wednesday, November 28, 2007

La la land

I keep having to go lie down in a darkened room. Every now and then my husband says: "I think you need to get your head examined." Mind you he quite often says that. I rang the doctor and he told me you are fine providing you do not vomit twice in the first 24 hours which means you might have a bleed but to get lots of rest, not to work at the computer, drink lots of water and avoid caffeine. I put the phone down and thought: "I can't "not work". I'm on deadline" and then collapsed in a heap on the sofa. My brain has been a wide open, echoey sort of place. I could have stood in it and yelled "Halloooooooo" if I could only have thought what to say. Sometimes words went missing from my sentences and I discovered you can live without them. Sometimes the entire sentence went which is more difficult. Every now and then my husband would ask me a question and I would say "Gobbledi-blah-blah-meeeeurgh" and he would say in a worried sort of voice: "Should I take you to the hospital do you think?" and I would shake my head and say "I can't go to hospital - I'd have to shave my legs." Which proves reason had not entirely deserted me. I have had so much sleep I woke up at 4am this morning and decided I might as well get up and have a bath. I caught a glimpse of my arse in the mirror (usually I try to avoid this view). If the inside of my head looks anything like my backside I am going to be living in La La land for some weeks because it is black and blue. I am also slightly worried that a bang on the head can bring on a personality change. Maybe I will get nicer. That would be a terrible thing to happen.

19 comments:

Sweet Irene said...

I am concerned about you and think you need to get lots of rest. Your head has had quite a bang and you should be careful. In Dutch we call that a brain shaking, and not for nothing. Promise to lie down at every opportunity and to not do too much, no matter how much you feel called upon to do so anyway.

belle said...

Wifey, you take care of yourself. I fell down the stairs when my babes were wee and it's not nice. Not nice at all.

The Grocer said...

I wondered how long it would take you to pick up the accent, your getting there wifey.

Rainbow said...

I'll echo what the others have said and say take care, it sounds like you really do have concussion.

But as well, you made me laugh out loud and I had to read your post out to the rest of the office, which brightened their day too - so thanks!

Winchester whisperer said...

I think you should get a check-up at the hospital asap.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Maybe a trip to the hospital wouldn't be a bad thing, just to get some assurance. Banging your head is not something to be taken lightly.

Take care, Crystal xx

sunshine said...

I'm with Winchester and Crystal. Let hubby take you to the hospital. Better to be sure it is nothing than wonder if it is truly something amiss!

merry weather said...

Oh dear - this is a warning I think - doctor, rest, space and you'll be fine, hope so...

Norman said...

Best follow all the advice I reckon. Just get it checked out. It'll probably be OK.
As for the book deadline, surely your publisher will realise this is a genuine accident?

Swearing Mother said...

No. you'll be fine now, you've done three things so that's it.

Until the next time, of course.

Take it steady!

Swearing Mother said...

Sorry, have posted yesterday's comment on today's post (der)! Now I've heard further symptoms described, Dr. Swearing Mother thinks you should definitely get checked out at the hospital, ASAP.

Margot said...

Wife, I think you should pop down to the hospital too ... can't be too careful with heads.

A couple of years ago, I fell over, running in the rain to open a stupid gate that shouldn't have been locked in the first place. I ripped my hand open, grazed my legs, tore my best aubergine trousers. Initially I thought I was OK, just bruised, but realised as the days went on that falling over as an adult is a horrible experience. You don't expect to do it, and it sort of shakes you up. I became really scared and cautious, and worried about stairs, and stopped wearing high heels so much. I had new sympathy for every old dear I've ever met who is scared of 'having a fall'.

So Wife, what I'm saying is, be kind to yourself. It sounds as though you've got lots on your mind and you're not quite in the real world all the time. Take care.

Kaycie said...

My mother hit her head in an accident when I was seventeen. It was nothing, she said. Wouldn't let me take her to the doctor, just home. It was the middle of the afternoon. That night she woke up vomiting. Next day, a lot of the symptoms you're describing. She was okay, but it was a long haul.

Go to the doctor, Wifey. Now.

Eats Wombats said...

> I'd have to shave my legs." Which proves reason had not entirely deserted me.

Au contraire.

If people have seen you giving birth I wouldn't be too concerned about the fluff on your legs!

What? It's not fluff?! In that case the only thing to do is throw yourself downstairs.

OK, I am just joking. I will not add to the chorus of 'get thee to the hospital.' In fact your concern with your legs reveals you're either nuts or totally sane, and I'll hazard it's the latter.

So you will stay in bed and be brought cups of tea and if sympathy is insufficient you will reveal bruises and suggest they be kissed better, tenderly.

lady thinker said...

Thank goodness you put on some weight recently - fat helps to cushion a fall - I know, I speak from experience. Fat helps prevent broken bones. I'd rather have bruises any day. Get well soon.

Iota said...

Everybody's worried about you, and I am too. At least you phoned the doctor. Can you phone him again?

Lashings of custard said...

I hope you get better soon, but to do that you need to be good to
yourself and sod the the deadlines!
Take care as has allready been said falling as an adult is horrible.

lady thinker said...

Margot makes an interesting comment.
'they ' say that once you've had a fall you are twice as likely to have another within 6 months.

My reflexologist once said thatwe should remember we are made up of 90% (?) water. Then imagine the time it takes a shaken glass of water to become calm and still again - and to think of how much it upsets our bodies to have such a shaking.

tomtag said...

Sorry, but get to hospital soonest. Sounds like a mini-stroke to me, though I'm not qualified as far as serious brain problems are concerned.

tomtag