Seeing stars is a slight misnomer for what actually happened when I fell very hard on the back of my skull as I walked down the hill past Lyall's. That part of the road is snow covered glare ice because of the run-off after the rains.
I didn't actually see stars. It was more like a blank space of a split second followed by a shivering sensation inside my skull. As if my brain were re-adjusting its position after having been shaken. But I understood why the cartoonists draw the reeling and the spinning stars when someone receives a blow to the head.
Then the pain started.
I lay on my back on the ice with Kenya standing motionless over me.
After a moment or so I picked up her leash and said we were going home. I got to my feet and we headed back up the hill very gingerly.
I felt the lump that was forming ... already it filled my cupped left palm.
I scooped up snow and held it to the swelling. It melted immediately. I got more ... four more altogether and kept it on till I reached my lane.
At home I applied a real ice pack, took two Tylenols, and got into bed.
All this happened three hours ago and my head is still aching fiercely ... not just the back of the skull where it is swollen but also my entire head and neck.
No ... no nausea. But I suspect I have had a mild concussion.
One thing's for sure; I won't be doing much of anything until this headache subsides.
And now I am going back to bed.