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post #11 of 23 Old 10-17-2013, 12:28 AM
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What you describe is very common with head trauma. I did the same thing when I fell off and hit my head (I was wearing a helmet). I remember being in the waiting room at the hospital for a short time- when it was really hours.

I didn't even have a concussion! And I still was confused! Next time call 911 and have them come to you though.
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post #12 of 23 Old 10-17-2013, 12:39 AM
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I'm glad you were wearing helmets- goodness knows what could have happened if that weren't the case.

Trail ride falls are tricky- I think if you know you can get more man power to come to you then try that first, but it sounds like you did a great job keeping her calm and getting back home! I hope she is okay!
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post #13 of 23 Old 10-17-2013, 12:46 AM
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I am not a nurse but I do know what brain trauma can do and how to treat it. As others have stated keep the victim calm and avoid any physical activity.
You did a good job and you remaining calm was a very brave thing. Shalom
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post #14 of 23 Old 10-17-2013, 01:22 AM
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I think you handled it quite well, and it must have been pretty scary. I know I'd have done the same, but then we don't have mobile phone coverage so calling someone would be a no go.
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post #15 of 23 Old 10-17-2013, 05:11 AM Thread Starter
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Everyone, the doctors said she's perfectly fine! Only a mild concussion :)
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post #16 of 23 Old 10-17-2013, 05:14 AM Thread Starter
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Everyone, the doctors said she is perfectly fine! They think it's just a mild concussion :)
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post #17 of 23 Old 10-17-2013, 06:13 AM
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I had almost the exact same thing happen with my friend! Her saddle slipped while cantering and she hit her head hard. I think she was knocked out for the few seconds it took for me to pull up my horse, leap off, and run to her. She wasn't quite as vocal as your friend, she was very quiet while walking back to the barn, and after I got her inside, every five minutes or so she would ask where she was ... I thought she was going to die, I was terrified. She went to the hospital, came home and slept, and was better the next morning. To this day, there are significant gaps in her memory of that day she fell off.

I'm glad your friend went to the hospital. I'm no expert but I know that a concussion as major as that definitely needs to be looked at, there's so much that can go wrong with a brain. I hope your friend is ok, lots of hugs to you!

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Glad your friend is okay. I remember when my son had a traumatic brain injury (football). The thing I always look for now if someone hits their head is vomiting. My son was able to walk off the field, but started vomiting shortly after sitting down. They told us this is usually a sign that there is bleeding on the brain. I think without that, as your friend was able to safely walk, keeping her awake, calm and asking her questions was the best thing you could do.
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post #19 of 23 Old 10-17-2013, 10:26 AM
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I'm a medic on ambulance so I deal with this sort of thing all the time. Any time someone falls a distance higher than their own height, a spinal/head injury should be suspected. Even if the person feels okay at first, they should really NOT move or get up as they could easily do more damage to themselves.
Never try to move the person yourself unless you have the proper training.

The best thing to do would have been to call an ambulance, as they would have the equipment necessary to stabilize her head and spine en route to a hospital. I would have asked her to stay still (in the most comfortable position for her) until help arrived.

However, it sounds like you did a great job of looking out for your friend. I'm very glad that you stepped up and helped her out, well done!
EMT to add to this: Do not let someone with a concussion sleep, especially if they really really want to. Keep them up, talking, alert. Ask them questions, etc. Everyone here has given great advice - if you see concussion symptoms, it's hospital time!
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I had almost the exact same thing happen with my friend! Her saddle slipped while cantering and she hit her head hard. I think she was knocked out for the few seconds it took for me to pull up my horse, leap off, and run to her. She wasn't quite as vocal as your friend, she was very quiet while walking back to the barn, and after I got her inside, every five minutes or so she would ask where she was ... I thought she was going to die, I was terrified. She went to the hospital, came home and slept, and was better the next morning. To this day, there are significant gaps in her memory of that day she fell off.

I'm glad your friend went to the hospital. I'm no expert but I know that a concussion as major as that definitely needs to be looked at, there's so much that can go wrong with a brain. I hope your friend is ok, lots of hugs to you!
Its nice to hear from someone whos been in the same situation as I have! It can be pretty nerve-wracking. And yes she is fine. She should be back to riding soon :)
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