Rugby season – Subconjunctival haematoma

Posted By on March 18, 2007

Taylor Rugby EyeRugby season is back in full swing and we’ve started the routine of ice packs and Advil. I recall post about my son’s first match last spring … and now a year ‘wiser’ I thought he would be playing the game a little bit more gently? I am wrong and have evidence to prove it.
According to Taylor, the ‘head to the face’ bump he took looks worse than it feels (hard to believe), and although the black and blue eye looked painful, it was his finger and wrist that bothered him more.

He of course went out after the game (not too smart) before coming home, and after sleeping with a cold pack his eye looked even worse in the morning. I took him to the doctor ‘just in case’ since the bloody eye bothered me. (subconjunctival haematoma) Ice, Advil and time was the prescription and according to the doctor “it is somewhat common to have blood vessels in the eye rupture” — of course my son’s question was whether he would be okay to play on Friday!
Bloody Eye
Oh … and it looks like someone came by last night to cheer him up. (photo below) It was nice of them to leave a few unspoiled TP rolls too … I wonder if our dog sprinting around the corner had anything to do with that?


  • Tom Agler

    I had the honor of seeing Taylor at my house Sunday evening and I observed the injury – up close and personal. It’s really impressive. I tell ya, for a young man there’s no better material for friend-freaking and girl-gathering than a serious-looking, non-serious eye injury. Taylor is smiling and handling it well.

    Here’s to rugby!! The grand ole game of collision.

    Keep that sense of humor… 😉


  • “Honor” … ha ! 🙂
    Glad the boys are able to make the most of these ‘non-life threatening’ character building moments. He sure loves to play the game hard and gives little regard to his personal safety. The coach has moved him inside this year to call plays and he’s found himself bumping heads with some good sized fellows. Thanks for the comment Tom … I miss getting together.

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