I was walking along a street in Milan last Monday, heading to the bar with colleagues for our usual post-lunch coffee. There’s scaffolding on one of the buildings along the way, which was dripping water onto the sidewalk as the weekend’s snow melted. So I stepped under the scaffolding to avoid getting wet. And, exiting the scaffolding at the end, walked right into a horizontal gray steel bar that I completely failed to see, right at forehead level. I hit it so hard my head snapped back and I then banged my nose on the same bar. (I’m sure this looked very funny, but my colleagues were kind enough not to laugh at the time.)

I didn’t pass out or have any other immediate symptoms (not even amnesia, such as I experienced that time I fell off a horse onto my head), though I felt slightly dazed. But I’ve had a bad headache most of every day since then. Now I read:

“Delayed signs and symptoms [of concussion] may include:

  • Irritability
  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • Sleep disturbances, including insomnia or difficulty waking
  • Fatigue
  • Poor concentration
  • Trouble with memory
  • Getting lost or becoming easily confused
  • Increased sensitivity to sounds, lights and distractions
  • Loss of sense of taste or smell
  • Difficulty with gait or in coordinating use of limbs”

Well, that describes (and explains) most of this week…

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