Drain Bramage

I asked for the 50 soles in change back. She gave me a blank stare and said she already gave me back my change. We went back and forth as I thought I misunderstood her.

She pantomimed as she spoke that I gave her 100 soles, and she returned 50 soles. I looked at her as if she was crazy. I remembered only handing her a 100 skle note, asking if she had “sencillo” (change), and waiting for it. Then, I thought if she had handed it to me I would find it in my wallet.

I opened my wallet and saw a 50 soles note.

It had me wondering about the concussion I sustained while rock climbing a couple weeks back. I wondered how I could have blanked out the entire exchange, and if it was related.

I still have some residual dizziness in the mornings, which usually fades as the day progresses.

But this sort of brain edit had me thinking.

I didn’t go to the hospital, frankly because I wasn’t sure if my insurance would cover “hazardous” activities like rock climbing, and also I frankly didn’t think they could do much except prescribe pain killers or dizziness meds. Nothing that could affect the source, only the symptoms.

I asked my friend Yasmeen about jt and she said, ‘Oh, I had a ton of concussions playing soccer. Not a lot they can do except bed rest.’ She said she would go to the nurses office between classes to lie down in a darkened room.

But then, I thought not noticing my change could just simply be a late afternoon brain fog. Unless and until it happened again, it was nothing to worry too much about.

I figured, if I could still do a 4 day trek at altitude, and climb 5.10 off the couch I was still in reasonably good shape.

And the dizziness was receding.

Alain Robert

and then there’s Alain Robert, you know, the guy that free solos huge buildings? I looked up his Wikipedia entry regarding his accidents

Suddenly, I feel alot better about myself. No comas, induced or otherwise.

Tomorrow I climb near Banos.

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Originally published at gripandclip.com on November 4, 2017.

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