I love football. I mean I really love football. I met someone over 10 years ago who played. Who was very good. Who taught me everything about football. Before that I had just watched. Cooked. Gave parties. But never really understood the dynamics of the game.
Today is brain impairment day. I’m going to inspire you. Teach you. Show you what it’s like. Hold on, they’re interviewing Matthew Stafford, the quarterback. Ok, I’m back.
I’m watching the pre show. The team doctor comes on. Talks about the injuries. I pray the opposing players don’t take advantage of the knowledge of those injuries. I’ve seen more of that this year and think that’s not right. Focus Dawn, focus.
The team doctor talks about concussions. The brain. It is then that he says about the players, “you gotta tell us what’s going on.” I go right to my file box. I know the paper by heart. It’s almost ten years old, the file is called “brain impairment defined.” A family member was a neurosurgeon, could he look at my symptoms? I scribbled them out. I wouldn’t get diagnosed for another four years. There is a medical terminology for everything on that list. But it’s football Sunday, so Im not going into it today.
Anybody who knows me and looks at this paper will tell you, “yep this is Dawn.”
I kept telling everybody these symptoms. Did they listen? Yes. They tried the best they could. Did I go to the wrong doctors? No. My vitals had dropped during the surgery that caused it and “no one wrote it down.” Or the anesthesia did something. Or I threw a clot. No one knows.
But that’s the past. The Lions are playing, I’m glad to be alive. I just got my bell rung, that’s all. Football teaches you to be a team, focus on the end goal, let others watch your back and mostly, have fun doing it.
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