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How To Tell If You Have a Concussion: Ava’s Diagnosis 

WARNING! This information is not from a professional; this information is the knowledge of a high school sophomore who thought she might possibly have a concussion. This information should not be taken seriously. If you or a friend think they have a concussion, I recommend getting medical help. 

Step 1: Reflect. Have you been in an accident or situation in which your head has been shaken or hit? If so, then you might have a concussion. For example, did you fall on your head while skiing and yard sale, when the skis and poles are all across the ski hill and you have to hike back up to retrieve them? A few basic symptoms of a concussion are headaches, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, balance problems, being bothered by light or noise, feeling groggy or sluggish, being confused or having memory loss problems, and finally just feeling more sad than usual. 

Step 2: Go on your preferred search engine and look up “How to tell if you have a concussion.”  I myself chose to look on a site called wikiHow. It is a very in-depth, step-by-step process with pictures to help you tell if you have a concussion. Part 1 helps check for immediate signs; it gives pointers and signs to look for 2-3 days after the accident. Part 2 is all about monitoring symptoms in the weeks after a concussion. It gives good pointers on ways to tell if someone had a concussion in the weeks after the incident. Part 3 is seeking medical help. It is very important to remember that if you do think you have a concussion, see a doctor.

Step 3: At this point, you have self-diagnosed yourself so now you must return to your preferred search engine and look up how to cure a concussion. There is no treatment or pills one can take to cure a concussion; many medical experts just recommend lots of rest. Try not to think too much in the first few days. 

Step 4: Go see a doctor to get a real diagnosis. I myself skipped this step. 

Step 5: Use having a concussion to your advantage. Take the day off school, sleep in, and don’t do your homework. Remember to look for the good in every situation.

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