Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Concussion Does Not Go Well With College & The Siskins Return

I have Mild Concussion. 

Courtesy of smacking my head on some shelves on Friday. It was a Pretty Hard Smack. I saw stars, felt sick, burst into tears and had to sit down for a while. Things flew off the shelves and tumbled across the floor, the dogs shot out of their beds and were over by the door before they knew what had happened and the wooden elephants who live on the shelf toppled over each other and ended up in an untidy elephanty-heap around a capsized vase. Thank God the new EB vases I bought this summer didn't smash. Then I really would have been pissed off cross.

I shrugged the headache off the next day, having got M to test that my pupils were working properly by shining a torch in them, and went out for a run. But yesterday at college I found I couldn't think straight or concentrate, and ended up misspelling words on the white board, and only realising I'd misspelt them some twenty minutes later having looked at them several times and not noticed. Not like me At All. It took me a while to realise it was probably concussion and I should probably go and see the GP.

I don't generally do Doctors. I am of the 'give it a few days and if it hasn't gone away maybe think about seeing the Doc, maybe' school of thought. The only time I'd go quickly after an accident now is if I thought I needed an xray, and that's only because if you leave it a few days it isn't free as per A&E, and private xrays aren't cheap. 

I learnt that after I fell heavily on my hand after performing an impressive but entirely unintentional somersault through the air off a horse who, at a gallop, had himself had been brought down by one of those hideous hidden bogs the New Forest specialises in. The somersault may have been impressive (according to F, who was watching) but unfortunately the landing was less elegant and my left hand ended up squashed and twisted under me in a way hands are generally not designed to go.

It was extremely painful but I got back on because we were in the middle of the forest and what else do you do? And lasted about ten minutes before I had to concede I was in quite a lot of pain and couldn't actually use the injured hand. I didn't go to the doc (because of the whole 'it'll be fine in a few days, don't fuss' thing) but a week later I was forced to because I couldn't use the hand. It wasn't broken as it happens and I carried on riding and competing with it strapped up while it healed (which took about 18 months - ironically far longer than if it had been broken. It still twinges now, four years later if I catch it wrong). Anyway, I learnt a lesson: if you think you've broken something get it xrayed asap.

That was possibly the last time I went to see the GP. This morning he told me I have to rest for 2-3 days and it should be fine. Grrrr. I don't really do resting. He said no running either. Pffft. At least I have a very good excuse if my first proper session with the first years later this week ends up a disaster.

In Other News, the Siskins are back. I thought I heard them chattering away together in the trees by the lake yesterday. My ears are used to all the regular birds so when someone new calls it stands out a mile and my ears prick up and tune to it. I didn't see them but they often turn up here in Autumn in a big gang to feed on the alders, although they were absent last year. Siskins are a type of finch, colourful, noisy and very adept and acrobatic through the branches. They occasionally come into the garden to pinch the niger seeds and that is where I saw one of them this morning, confirming what my ears had already told me yesterday :o)



This is a male, although his colours are a little muted. Some of them are bright as bright can be. I shall now be keeping an eye out for his many wives.

Raining here (again) and I have a pile of work on nitrates to get through although sewing is calling to me....as are biscuits..... Hope this all makes sense, but if it doesn't please blame the knock on the head :o)

Right-O, onwards and upwards...

Hope all are well?

CT :o)

 

52 comments:

  1. You poor thing, what a state you were in, rest and relax xxx
    Nice to see the Siskins we used to get lots in regularly in the old house, we have only had a goldfinch and robin here so far, I don't know what else to do to attract them, I miss my birdie friends. Take Care x

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    1. I'm not terribly good at resting, but I will try :o)

      Perhaps it's the surrounding area that is the problem bird-wise? Putting a mixture of food sources out for them regularly should make a difference- it can take them a while to find it, but once they do word soon goes round. What do you put out? Niger seeds, fat balls and a good seed mix with meal worms if poss should cover all your bases. Ground-feeding birds like Dunnock, Blackbird and Robin will peck the scraps that fall from the feeders off the floor too. Good luck x

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    2. I think I will have to give it time I have fat balls, suet, seed and peanut granules at the moment. The people who lived here before had 6 cats, so perhaps thats why they are keeping away.

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    3. Once winter sets in I expect you'll see more of them :o)

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  2. I've never seen a siskin, I can't believe there aren't any around me, I bet I keep thinking they are greenfinches. Will keep my eyes very wide open this winter.

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    1. I've just checked my bird atlases and although they are local rather than common, more widely seen in winter than summer and most abundant where there is pine and alder, you should get them up your neck of the woods. Listen for loud twittering and look for small acrobatic birds whizzing upside down and round about in the tops of trees. They should be starting to flock about now which makes them easier to locate.

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  3. I saw my first siskin this year. It was such a good move to put up a niger seed feeder. Goldfinches have visited too. If only I could keep the squirrels off it all would be well.
    Take care of the noggin.

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    1. Signs? I'm convinced your squirrels can read....

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  4. Glad 2-3 days rest should put you right! Our summer birds (summer wren, bluebirds, hummingbirds etc have left); it is always exciting when the winter birds come back! Take care...sew, cook, blog not jog!

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    1. I agree- there is always something new and lovely to look forward to in nature. Blog not Jog- fab mantra! I shall try and remember that :o)

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  5. So sorry to hear that you are poorly. Concussion can be quite serious. Sewing and biscuits sound like a lovely restful afternoon though. I've never seen a Siskin either, must look up their range. Take care now. Xx

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    1. That's why I thought I'd better check it out. Never had it before, right old pain in the you-know-what :o(

      My bird map shows Siskins present in Ireland so hopefully you'll see some. Am thinking this one might actually be a girl, having said she was a boy. Looks too dull to be male, poor love! xx

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  6. Oh dear!...hope your concussion has cleared up, although you could use that card to get folks to do jobs around the house for you...hint hint ;)

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    1. Brilliant idea! Will it work on teenagers...?

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  7. Poor you, that sounds like a horrible moment, I hope you're back to full strength very soon. I tend to avoid doctors as well if I can, although the boys have ended up at A&E a few times, and I now recognise the staff there. Very glad the EB vases escaped unscathed. Lovely to see siskins, the Slimbridge website says there are lots there, so now I know what to look for. They've had a purple heron as well, which has caused much excitement, as well as a black tern. I fear they will both have vanished by the time the biggest boy gets there at the end of the week though. Wishing you well for the rest of the week. Don't forget the rest thing, work on nitrates doesn't sound exactly what the doctor ordered. CJ xx

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    1. It was SO STUPID of me. I was bending down to cuddle Ted and straightened up smack into the bloody shelves. What an idiot :o(
      We used to be quite well-versed with A&E back in the day too :o)
      Slimbridge is such a great place, I've never been but a pal of mine lives nearby and visits all the time and always enthuses about it. Amazing what turns up on these shores in cooler months isn't it? Fingers crossed you get to see the Black Tern and the Purple Heron.
      I am trying hard to rest. I make a rotten patient. I just saw someone out running and am desperate to go, even though it's raining! Nitrates, hmm, I forgot to mention the work load to the doc... :o) XX

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  8. I just remembered that Iwanted to tell you about Mr Finch, he is a textile artist and I think his work is gorgeous. I love the mushrooms and the hares. I think you might like him too. www.mr-finch.com

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    1. Thanks for the link Shauna, have popped over. I love the moths! :o) xx

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    2. Excuse me for butting in but I LOVE Mr. Finch as well. Sorry to hear about your mishap. xx

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    3. Thanks Chickpea. Entirely my own fault and VERY stupid :o( x

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  9. Oh poor you I hope you are getting lots of rest. I don't do Dr's too & have to be dragged kicking & screaming which may happen this week as I've come down with flu. I'm lucky here we get all the finches & have some regular Siskins. Make sure you rest properly xx

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    1. Umm, a bit of rest! I've just got back from Bournemouth :o) (although it was to have some healing for my head so I suppose that's allowed?). I am now sitting down, honest :o) My turn to nag you- don't ignore that flu, you don't want to come down with Pneumonia again, Mrs XX

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  10. So sorry to hear about the mishap - hope you feel better soon.

    Great news about the Siskins returning. We used to get them regularly in the Winter but these days we are lucky if we get a visit in the Spring as they pass through on passage.

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    1. Better today- the headache didn't come on until 6pm, so that's an improvement :o) We were Siskin-free here last winter too more or less :o( Hoping this little one is a Good Sign x

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  11. Ouch, hope you're feeling better. It's been rotten weather for running or anything really except looking at the rain.

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    1. I like running in the rain. I get cabin fever if I'm stuck indoors for too long :o)

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  12. I have one or two friends like you who just will NOT give in. Give yourself a break, take it easy, relax, sleep, or just lie in a chair and look at those siskins for a day or two.

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    1. It is impossible unless I physically can't get up and about I'm afraid. Sewing is about the stillest I get by day :o) x

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  13. Hey CT,
    Do as the doctor says, madam! I know your sort; rushing about, multi tasking and generally being fabulous things to all people. You hit your head hard enough to make you cry. Bless you. Now go have a biscuit.
    Leanne xx

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  14. Oh My Goodness, do you just despise when you wack your head. I did something like your many years ago and saw exactly what you did. I think that was one of the reasons my migraines started to get really bad.
    I hope you are doing better.
    Thank You for all your kind words on my Watson post. After the first week without him I am much better. But I need time to catch up with all the stuff I let go. Dealing with your x is never fun !

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Parsnip it is lovely to hear from you :o) I have been thinking of you often, because you know your two boys remind me so much of Teddy. You have a heap of good friends here in the blogosphere who miss you and wish you well. Take your time my friend but do come back x

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  15. Ouch. I hope you are better soon and can rest up with some sewing. I have to see, a whack hard enough to make you see stars is Not Good.

    No Siskins here that I am aware of. They probably ARE about as we have lots of Alders along the valley bottom, so I need to go out and have a walk and a listen and keep my eyes open.

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    1. Pine trees are also good for Siskins. Definitely worth checking the alders, especially from now till Jan/ Feb time.

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  16. Aww, my dear CT. No fun for you at all. I hope that you took the advice and have been resting up and letting others take care of you for a change. You need to look after yourself too! I hope that you are much better now. Big hugs to you!!!! Thank Poppy for the message! xx

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  17. Concussion is serious and should be treated as such. By not taking prompt action on incidents you can end up with more seriouscomplaints, When the Docote says REST. He means REST. Love the Siskins.

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  18. Oh you poor thing. I hope you manage to get plenty of rest. X

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    1. I'm not really the resting type Jules, I will be sensible though :o) x

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  19. Oh, poor you! I know what you mean about doctors; I have a great GP that I trust, but as far as hospitals they scare the crap out of me! How can I trust that they will take the best care of me; better to stay at home in 'safety', that's my approach:)) Maybe not always the best, I've learnt...
    On another note, I'm delighted that you have found my little nook of the world, but I must take this opportunity to apologize for the poor translation Google carries out...! I have lived in England for many years and know how to speak/write English properly, but I made the easier decision to write my blog in Swedish so there we are... But please don't hesitate to ask me if you need me to clarify something in my posts:) I guess you'll get lots of laughs reading it at least:))
    Hope you manage to 'rest' today!!

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    1. I have been smiling at some of the phrases Google comes up with when translating your blog :o) Actually, I love looking at the Swedish words so I'm glad you do write it in Swedish. x

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  20. Blimey, that sounded like it hurt, as you say glad the vases didn't break. I understand not being the resting type but you do have to look after yourself. Thinking of you and sending get well vibes

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    1. It was a bit sore :o) Now I am just fed up with it and want to be back to normal. Ever the impatient Aries :o)

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  21. oh goodness!! do take care and Rest (i'm very good at dictating Sensible but not very good at being so). not surprisingly, we share the same strategy on doctor visits.
    xo

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    1. I'm also good at dishing out advice and bad at following it :o) No surprises there, eh? xx

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  22. Thank god it was your head and nothing serious CT ;-) x

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    1. That did make me smile- thank you, John! x

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  23. Yikes, I hope you are taking it easy now! Lovely to see the Siskins - I rarely see any and never on our feeders. xx

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