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Text Your Doctor for Peace of Mind

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When it comes to the most important things in our lives, it is worth getting more than one opinion.

I asked my sister, my mother and my two closest friends before making a final decision on which dress I should wear to my anniversary dinner. Why then would I get the opinion of only one doctor when it came to something infinitely more important—my daughter’s health?

Last Thursday, my daughter was riding her bike around the neighborhood when she fell and hit her head. She was wearing her helmet and, afterward, she seemed to be her typical, fun-loving self; I know head injuries are no joking matter though, so I was still worried.

I called a nearby clinic, set an appointment for the very next morning and, in the meantime, texted my doctor to see if I was doing the right things. She told me a few things I already knew and a few things I didn’t, like what signs to watch for to know if it is a serious head injury:

  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Rapid swelling
  • Nose bleeds
  • Uneven pupils
  • Severe or worsening headaches
  • Dizziness

She also let me know that it was okay to let her sleep as long as I checked on her every 30 minutes for the first 5-6 hours. That was really good news, because the next day was her birthday and she was going to need all the energy she could get!

(Special thanks to guest blogger Sarah of Washington, DC for submitting her experience to First Opinion.)

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