Bang on MY Head

Life brings many surprises and some of them are free. One I received recently was a nice bang on the back of the head as a result of slipping on the path. I felt a bit weird but as this is normal I failed to react in the appropriate manner. Anyway, a day later my right eye was all black, as though someone had hit me, and the left eye was beginning to shows signs of sympathy. I discussed the whole thing with my partner, who is well equipped with common sense, and off we went to the accident and emergency unit at the hospital.

The reception area is on the bleak side. Someone from the interior designers stuck a pot plant at a random point in the middle of the room and then left with the sense of a job well done. The rest of the room was packed with the kind of chairs you find in a schoolroom and a water dispenser where you could gather to get over the shock of the car parking charges..

After a time I was called in and a pleasant nurse asked me some questions and sent me to another room. After some more time I was met by a very nice doctor who asked me more questions before tickling the bottom of my feet to make sure my nerves were working.:they were. I got wheeled around in a trolley, scanned and generously prodded and questioned. My partner, who has been beyond marvellous throughout, kept me company, fed the car park meter and bought in a coffee just before some nurse told me I should have nothing to eat or drink.

The end of the process is that I have a right eye which looks as if I have been arguing with a bouncer and a bout of concussion, which apparently clears up after a couple of weeks. In the meantime I find it a bit hard to concentrate so I thought I’d write to my chums out in the Blogosphere instead. Mind how you go. I didn’t and look where it got me


About Peter Wells aka Countingducks

Trying to remember what my future is
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23 Responses to Bang on MY Head

  1. Barbara says:

    I believe you meant to write ‘potted plant’ instead of pot plant Peter. If it was a pot plant that gives a whole new meaning to the term ‘medical marijuana’! LOL! I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt given your concussion. 😉

    I had a concussion for 4 days before I knew what it was. I got hit with a flying plastic chair in a storm and for days I would suddenly find myself on the ground but not remember falling. Those incidents were mini seizures I found out. It’s nothing to mess with, so be careful!


  2. Abby says:

    Yikes! At least you’re okay. And I wish we had a doctor’s office with “a pot plant at a random point in the middle of the room.” It would most certainly take the edge off 😉


  3. Caroline says:

    I’m glad you’re OK and like you didn’t see the other meaning of ‘pot plant’ – but hey – they could have just had a small patch of grass instead!



  4. –Ducky, yes, it got you a big fat black eye…
    but it got us another FabULOUS blog post.

    Watch where you’re going, Sir.



  5. nelle says:

    May I suggest you earn a proper shiner at your local pub for counterbalance?

    No, I didn’t think so. Hope it clears up soon.


  6. Well I’m sure it wasn’t a nice experience but you clearly have not lost your sense of humour – you did make me smile about the parking charges. Take care of yourself and I hope you heal quickly.


  7. Ina says:

    Take good care. I had a concussion earlier this year falling on my back, days later the doc figured out I had one. Lots of rest, sleep, no computing… And good heeling!


  8. aawwa says:

    I hope you feel better soon!


  9. Kirri White says:

    A pot plant in the middle of a doctor’s reception is the sign of a true practitioner these days 🙂

    Take care of that head of yours xx


    • I’ve always said “Pot Plant” and not “Potted Plant”. I don’t know whether this is a regional difference but I copied this from a forum which discusses it “I think pot plant as Longman dictionary states is common in British English.

      But interestingly, COCA presents 97 examples for potted plant and just 9 for pot plant.
      It seems, pot plant is very rarely used in Am.English
      I think pot plant as Longman dictionary states is common in British English.

      It led to an interesting conversation anyway.


      • backonmyown says:

        I’m giggling. In America “pot plant” definitely means “weed.” Nice of the doctor to supply it for his/her patients. I hope you’re recovered. Delightful post, as always.


  10. Julie says:

    lol the way you described the doctor’s office! Good to know the doctor, nurse and partner are taking care of you as well you are doing for yourself. Life seems to be full of unexpected challenges, doesn’t it. LOL too about the coffee meter recovery. That might be enough to keep a lot of us out of hospital.



  11. Writerlious says:

    Ouch! I hope you get better quickly. In the meantime, you could write some wild stream-of-consciousness writing a la Virginia Wolff or something. 🙂


  12. Oh dear! Well, since it has taken me nearly a week to read and reply, I hope that today finds you better able to concentrate, and with your usual good looks well on the way to returning. When I was ill at the end of last year / early this year was the first time I’ve ever suffered any serious damage to my brain, and my attention span reduced to such minuscule proportions I could barely read a book, so I empathise! Luckily the brain is such an amazing thing, it will repairs itself despite all the damage you so thoughtlessly inflicted upon it 😉


  13. eof737 says:

    Gosh I do hope you are doing alright… Sorry to have been so silent… I was receiving 3000-5000 emails and it was a nightmare to respond to all in a timely fashion; even with a system in place. Finally, I had to shut off notifications and clear the deck and get back to a more manageable number… Be blessed and thanks for your patience. 🙂


  14. Tracy says:

    That was more excitment than you needed, eh? I hope your eye is healing well. I had what I guess was just an ocular migraine on Sunday, but in addition to the usual not being able to see, there was also some trouble speaking English. I spoke but made no sense. I had myself half convinced I might be having a stroke until I called my Mom (she’s a retired nurse) and she told me to go to the Emergency Room. I didn’t want to go to the Emergency Room, so that stopped my hypochondria right in its tracks!


  15. Al says:

    Would you kindly ask the doctor if he is taking any new patients?


  16. Shonnie says:

    Man … love how you fall or tell of your fall with such grace and myrth. You are such a pleasure to read! Thanks for the smile and I am so glad you have your nerves working. When they don’t it is such a pain!


  17. Julie Buhite says:

    Hey… no like button? Reading your stuff is like listening to a really lovely conversation with self. Hope your face gets well soon. Isn’t it astounding how you can hit the back of your body and the front of your body shows the signs?


  18. Hope you are recovering well. Many years ago I slipped on ice and hit the back of my head hard on a curb. I picked myself up and proceeded to drive many miles home on the freeway through a blizzard. Take care and heal!


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