Boston and Texas Tragedy Victims: Don’t Ignore Minor Injuries

Posted on April 19 2013

In the tragic aftermath of the Boston Marathon and the Texas fertilizer plant explosion, health care providers want to notify anyone who was affected, not just those with major injuries, that they should visit a hospital to get checked out. In instances like these, those suffering from minor physical injuries or psychological trauma need medical care also.

The two explosions that occurred in Boston not only killed three people and devastatingly injured many, but they may have compromised the hearing of numerous spectators who have not yet been checked out by a doctor. If you were at the race or were even close to the explosions you should seek medical care to make sure you are suffering damage. The Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary has released a symptom checklist on its website for those who were close and may have suffered any ear damage. If you have blood draining from your ears, facial droopiness, weak facial muscles or a variety of other symptoms, you may have punctured eardrum.

If you were at any point knocked out, even briefly, or knocked over the head in the blast you may have suffered a mild traumatic brain injury. If you are feeling any of the symptoms of having a concussion get to the hospital and get checked out! Post-concussive syndrome may cause forgetfulness, inability to retain information and even possibly a change in personality. These symptoms can manifest themselves even in those who did not experience severe physical injuries initially.

Many of those who were subject to the bombings in Boston and the explosions in Texas will exhibit signs of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Due to this, those who developed PTSD may have more difficulty coping with emotions in the future. If you come across someone you know who can’t remember what happened or they seem to be lost in space, this is a sure sign that they may need treatment to recover. It is extremely important in times like these to seek the support of family and friends!

If you have the slightest inkling that you may be suffering from anything, even a minor injury, seek medical attention. Desperate times call for desperate measures, don’t be embarrassed or scared of what the doctor might say, just get yourself checked out!



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