Sunday, November 13, 2011

Personal Narrative: Collision Course

When I was 6 years old, I went to my friend’s house. The day seemed like any other, as we were just playing games, but then one thing happened that changed how I lived for months after. There was no way to know that it would happen at all.
            The traumatic event happened due to extreme boredom. I looked up at the clock and saw that it was ticking exceptionally slow. My friend came up with the idea of us going and playing in the playground near his home. After we played for what was about ten minutes, I noticed the tennis court for the first time. My friend easily glided over the tennis net. He turned around and dared me to do the same. I took a deep breath, ran step after step, and launched into the air. I thought I had made it to the other side, but the net though otherwise.
            This was when the life changing event happened. The net threw me backwards and my head struck the ground with an enormous amount of force. Black and blue dots scattered across everything in sight. Screams of pain exploded out of my mouth. Tears began gushing down my face. My friend ran to get help. Seconds later, my mom came running out and helped me go inside. An ice pack was placed on my head and I was put in the car, the doctor’s office was the destination. The doctor made me have an X-Ray and saw that my skull had a fracture. A hand reached up to touch my head and I was horrified to find that there was a spot that was squishier than a sponge.
            The next few months of my life were very different. The sense of smell, I barely had before was not working correctly at all. There were smells, like apples, that I thought was something else. Even with all that had happened; I managed to make a full recovery. Overall, fracturing my skull was a very frightening event and I was terrified that it would affect the rest of my life.