Monday, October 04, 2010
Okay, I'm a pretty sad panda this morning.
I saw my doctor this morning as a follow up to the blow to the head I took in sparring class a week ago today, and the result wasn't particularly what I wanted to hear, alas.
Once I discussed with her what happened and what my symptoms were (I still have a headache today, a full week later), she agreed that we're dealing with a concussion here, and her recommendations were: no karate or cardio of any kind this week, no-contact karate only next week (i.e., no sparring or pad strikes), with careful assessment of how I feel after each class, and then we'll see how it goes. Frankly, she's very doubtful about the wisdom of me attempting the second (of three) black belt screening on October 22, given the sparring and pad strikes portion involved, not to mention the cardio strenuousness (the screening is about two hours long). She thinks my recovery from this is going to be at least a month. If I miss the screening, of course, that puts me out of the running for this quarter, so I won't be getting my black belt this December.
It's disappointing, but I'm okay with it if it gets put off until April (I'd do the three screenings January, February and March). As she points out, I only have one brain, and after the long time I took to get over the knee injury, I can be philosophical about it.
Philosophical, but still disappointed. Nuts.