A few days ago, my son was being chased by a neighbor’s dog. Running as fast as he could, and periodically looking over his shoulder, he slammed into a pole. The impact caused the most gruesome swelling I’d ever seen on a person’s head or face. Usually when my son is injured, I keep my composure, reassuring him that everything will be OK. This time the injury was so startling that I literally gasped and cried out, “Oh no!” I took him inside the house and immediately called 911.
The paramedics arrived within a couple of minutes. They examined my son extensively, and determined that he was stable for the moment. As terrible as the injury appeared, there seemed to be no serious damage. As with all head injuries, though, there is a twenty-four hour window during which the injured party must be carefully observed for signs of more serious trauma. The paramedics gave me a list of instructions and warning signs, and advised me to keep my son home from school the following day – TAKS day!