I was playing cricket on Saturday. In the first ten minutes of the game I managed to get hit in the face with the ball whilst wicket-keeping.
I was standing up at the stumps (as I would usually do for the slower bowlers). The delivery was heading nicely towards my gloves, but unfortunately glanced off the batsman's pad and, in a split second, ended up smacking me in the face.
The impact knocked my glasses off my face and I had blood streaming down the side of my nose from a cut caused by the bridge of my glasses. I had further cuts below my eyebrow and eyelid and immediate swelling - quite a mess!
I was concussed, so quite rightly left the field of play (escorted off) and did not resume any playing activity.
Decided it was wise to get checked out at the hospital (though, only did this on Monday). Should've done it on Saturday, but I didn't want any fuss (I guess I was still in shock and didn't really appreciate the potential severity of the injury). If I had gone on Saturday, they'd have probably done a CT scan.
Anyway, other than being told that I did/still have concussion, the guy who assessed me, seems to think I have a fracture to my cheek bone (he sent me for a few X-rays). However, the second opinion, which he sought, said they couldn't see a fracture. I have to wait until Saturday as the guy who assessed me, is not back until then. He wasn't wholly convinced that there isn't a fracture, so he wants to see the outcome of the senior radiologist's report to determine whether there is indeed a fracture, or whether there is not. Will be an interesting few days.
I've been incredibly lucky that my vision was unaffected. Could have been a whole lot worse!
Lessons well and truly learnt... the hard way!