Sidney Crosby Should Boycott the NHL All-Star Game

January 20th, 2011 by Patti Dawn Swansson Leave a reply »
I've had eight concussions. I think. It actually might be nine. Or 10. Either I've lost count, or I can't remember.

That's one of the things concussions do to you. They play with your mind. Not in a nice way.

I suffered my first concussion at the age of 13, when I was struck in the head by a baseball. I woke up in St. Boniface Hospital later that night and, thinking it was winter, I asked the kid in the bed next to mine to turn on "Hockey Night In Canada." It was July. The hockey season had ended two months earlier.

My most recent concussion occurred less than a month ago, when I whacked my head on a door frame while tucking away Christmas decorations beneath a stairway at a nightclub. It took me two days to recall exactly how it happened.

Some days, I'll be strolling down the street when suddenly a tidal wave of lightheadedness and dizziness washes over me, and I'll begin listing badly to the left, walking like a drunken sailor on leave. Other days, I'll experience ringing/buzzing in an ear. All life sounds become muffled. Voices sound like they're coming out of an empty tin can.

Medics have told me the next knock to my h ...

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