Being unconscious for that long may not seem like a long time, but in hockey, being knocked out at all is really bad. I sat out the rest of the game and couldn't watch at all. I just sat on the bench with my ears plugged and my eyes closed. My whole team was worried about me and I was worried too. The game ended and the whole team headed into the locker room. I felt so horrible. I couldn't think straight or see clearly. My head hurt and everything was spinning, and the most scary part was that I couldn't remember what had happened earlier that day or what had happened in the first two periods of the game. I was really scared because everyone said that any memory loss was a really bad sign when you get a concussion. This being my fourth concussion, I though that I had seen all the symptoms, so when I couldn't remember anything I was really surprised. That was a symptom I had never had before.
That night I went out to dinner with my friend and his dad who had driven me to the game. They were also very nervous about me because they also knew that I had lots of previous concussions. My ears were ringing and I was still really shaken up. The next few days were rough but I didn't really do anything about my head and continued to go to school, which made it a lot worse. I didn't treat this concussion the way I should have and it resulted in it lasting a full week as opposed to a couple days. You might be thinking that a headache and some dizziness for a week isn't really a concussion, but it is. One of the big issues with concussions in our society is that people don't treat situations like this as concussions when they really are. This results in the symptoms lasting far longer and makes the symptoms for the next concussion significantly worse. Although it was not as bad as some of my other ones it was still a concussion and it's important that everyone treats these situations as a concussion as well.