My Experience Of A Concussion From High School Cheerleading
By Jaylene Villarreal
El Rodeo Staff Writer
El Rodeo Staff Writer
On September 21st, 2018 around 6pm during a Friday Night Lights football game at Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary High School, I experienced my most traumatizing, life changing injury ever. Surprisingly, I still remember some parts of what had happened as if it was just yesterday. Starting off with practicing with my teammates we were stretching and going over cheers doing our thing before the game starts, as we moved on into stunting which we throw up our flyers in the air on a steep level grass floor all I could think is something out of the ordinary will happen to all of us such as getting hurt. Next thing you know my flyer kicks me on the right side of my head and I almost lost my balance until I tried to keep myself up but I felt unconsciousness and was ready to faint until I told one of my coaches. I wasn't able to tell them exactly what was wrong. I wasn't in the right state of mind to do so. It all went downhill and happened in a blink of an eye. I had been sent to our athletic trainer, Dr. Ross to check what was going on with me, as I couldn't even walk correctly towards him either. Furthermore, I was being sent rushed to the emergency room and had immediately been placed into a room and had gotten plenty of blood drawn with needles inside me while I was asleep. I later woke up to being in the “Cat Scan” and the “MRI” room but luckily the doctors didn't find any bruising or bleeding in my brain other than the “Severe Concussion” I had been diagnosed with. I spent two nights in the hospital which was an unpleasant time I had. I stood home from school for almost 2 months without any interaction with learning or any contact in my sport nor with friends. During the time I was home I was depressed on so many levels. Some side effects that came with my injury was, I would hear loud ringing in my ears all day, any loud noise would affect me, I was always seeing stars, I had and still have Amnesia but most of all I felt alone with no one to hear me out because they wouldn't know how it would feel like to be in my position at that moment. I also didn't like for people to feel bad for me. Whenever my friends or family would ask me about a certain moment in life we shared memories with whether they were good or bad. I tend to tear up because I truly don't remember those memories anymore, and It gets me upset. Till this day my head injury still affects me leading to excruciating pain.