Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Lasting Effects From The Boston Blast

Everyone, all over the world, have been upset and shocked at the bomb blast at the Boston Marathon.  This Future Physician and Former EMT are only two of them.  I wanted to touch on the topic gracefully, so if I am insensitive, please forgive me.  Lasting effects that aren't even being noticed now are on the following: ears, lungs, and the brain.  Most people will have the ringing in the ears, known as tinnitus.  That will subside if it hasn't already.  If any dust or debris in the air was breathed in, that could effect people later on.  What most concerns me is the effects on the brain that aren't even being detected now.  The brain is a fragile organ, hence the skull being so hard.  But, the blast waves can go through the skull and shock the brain.  This is common in war veterans and football players.  The people at the marathon might feel well now, and later have vomiting, dizziness, etc.  This needs to be tended to immediately.  I tend to call it a post traumatic concussion.  If you have any of the symptoms of this after the fact, please see your physician immediately, or go to the nearest ER.  Stay Informed!  

#prayforboston


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