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Postby PsychoAg98 on Thu Jan 24, 2002 8:58 am

I just got back from wrestling school and had a totally surreal experience. We were wrestling a six man tag match so that everyone could get involved. At one point, a guy "Steven" was headed back to the ring from the bathroom and I didn't even realize he had been gone (given the massive number of people in and out of the match). He seemed pretty shaken up.<P>After we were done and getting ready to leave, he said, "I think I hit my head pretty hard. I know you (pointing to the trainer), Craig (me), and Jimmy, but I don't remember who those guys are." We told him that he didn't know those guys because he had just me them today. He seemed really confused and thought we were messing with him.<P>About 30 seconds later, he said, "I think I hit my head pretty hard. I know you, Craig, and Jimmy, but I don't remember who those guys are." We said, "Dude, of course you don't, you just met them today. I don't even know all of their names."<P>Again, he looked confused. He tried to collect his thoughts, "I know you, Craig, and Jimmy, but I don't remember who those guys are. I think I hit my head pretty hard." He proceeded to repeat this phrase about 30 times over the next 10 minutes, like he just couldn't grasp the concept.<P>Finally, I said, "Do you realize you've already told us this, about 50 times?" To which he replied, "No. I know you, Craig, and Jimmy, but I don't know who those guys are, I think I hit my head pretty hard." He was like a broken record. His short term memory had been reduced to about 20 seconds, and it was weirding me out.<P>We started to ask him more questions, he remembered what city he lived in, but struggled with the names of his family. Then he repeated "the phrase" a few more times. He had no idea how long he had been training in wrestling (about 8 months) or what he had for dinner. He didn't remember anything you told him after about a minute, kind of like the guy in the movie "Memento."<P>Finally, we figured he must have had a concussion (we had suspected it for a while). Some people wanted to just follow him home, but I insisted he be taken to the hospital. They took him to the hospital across the street and called his parents, fortunately he remembered the number. Not sure what is going on, but it totally weirded me out. <P>Especially when he would utter "the phrase" and you would say, "Do you realize you just said that 30 seconds ago?" and he looked surprised. Or when he started "the phrase" and we finished it for him, and he looked at us like we were psychic.<P>Totally surreal.<P>------------------
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Postby John Myers on Thu Jan 24, 2002 9:51 am

Weird. I've never been around anyone who has gotten a concussion. <P>One time, when I was like 10 or 11, racked my nuts really, really hard. I was running down a hill that had been "stair-cased" with periodic walls of railroad ties, with each drop-off about 4 feet high. I lost my footing on one of the jumps and did a full force crotch plant onto one of the railroad ties. It was bad. I'm pretty sure I blacked out. I definitely saw stars. It totally messed me up for the rest of the day. <P>If a concussion is anything like getting racked, I feel really sorry for the guy.
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Postby El SillY on Fri Jan 25, 2002 4:09 am

That is a bad concussion, my bro had one (he's had several but this was the worst) where he back fliped from a chair and hit his head on concrete floor (he was training ninjitsu at the time), he woke up at the hospital later and did not know how he had got there, but it turned out that he had taken his own car and drove to the hospital but he had no memory of doing so. Pretty weird <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspot.com/KeenBoard/smile.gif"><P>------------------
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Postby PsychoAg98 on Thu Jan 31, 2002 2:08 am

I talked to my trainer and he said the guy had Post Concussion Syndrome and should be okay. I don't think he will (or should) be at wrestling school tonight.<P>If any of you are in the DFW area and want to see PsychoAg in action, I have a match tomorrow night (Friday) at 8:00. It is at 7601 Grapevine Highway in North Richland Hills (Ft. Worth). It is across HWY 26 from North Hills Mall right off of 820 by the service merchandise and South of the Hooters. Doors open at 7:00, matches start at 8:00. I wrestle under the name "Chris Jekyll".<P>Speaking of Memento, that is one of my all time favorite movies. Extremely well acted and directed, and written for that matter. I like the telling of the forward and backward story lines that meet in the middle. <P>My only problem (non-spoiler) is how does he know he has a short-term memory problem? If he didn't remember ANYTHING since his incident, then he wouldn't remember he had a short-term memory problem either. He would just be confused about why he can't remember anything. Kind of like my wrestling buddy. He didn't know he was having memory problems, he just kept showing the signs of it. Nitpicking, I know. He should have had a tattoo that said "You have a short term memory problem".<P>Also, I am confused about the story of the man and his wife. That is all I will say so I don't ruin this outstanding film for anyone. If you can explain it, then email me at bick@theretort.com.<P>------------------
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Postby Hans P. IceBat on Thu Jan 31, 2002 12:45 pm

I know this is a bit off-topic, but PsychoAg had mentioned it... I thought I was the only one who has ever seen that movie "Memento". I really liked it because it was unlike any other movie I'd ever seen, and the way they did it was so clever.
Kind of made me squirm thinking about how hard it would be not to have short-term memory. I hope this guy's recovers...
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