For those of you who did not come this past weekend to the pick-up game, we had a lot of fun, but also a huge scare. Nearing the end of our little 2-2 rotating scrimmage, an errant puck off a deflection struck me in the face, just above the right eyebrow, about an inch from my eye. Initially I was angry I got hurt playing on a freak accident (again) and in an excruciating pain; then I looked into the palm of my gloves and saw red. I will spare more of the gory details, for those of you who don’t know; head wounds have a tendency to bleed more severely than others.
Astonishingly I never lost consciousness and have a very minimal concussion if any at all. I was told there is a possibility there could be a depressed skull fracture, but is more than likely just a sinus fracture. I have a doctor appointment with an ENT specialist and will update if you guys want. Repairing the sinus or fracture will most likely require a procedure of some kind, but I’ll find out when I see the ENT.
I don’t think I’ll ever play without a helmet/face-shield again, even pick-up roller games. I know I got lucky and don’t want to chance it again. I’ll include a non-gruesome picture that doesn’t look too bad or have a ton of swelling. I also didn’t embed it in case some people don’t want to see stuff like that, I know some are squeamish.
I’ve always had a ton of respect for hockey players and the intrepid way they play the game, but now that I’ve had a taste of when things go drastically wrong; I look at things completely differently. One play could end a season or God forbid a career or even life.
All things considered, I feel fine and can’t wait to get back out there again once I’m cleared and healthy…that being said, I think the URL title says it all