Understanding Concussions Audiobook
Melanie learns more about how concussions affect the brain and concussion recovery.
Rebecca: Hi there and welcome to a special audiobook installment of Jumo’s In My Words podcast series - bringing our award-winning comic books to life through your speakers!
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Narrator: Understanding Concussions with the Medikidz
Introducing the Medikidz. The Medikidz are superheroes who live on Mediland, a planet shaped like the human body. They are experts in health and illness and their mission is to teach you all about your body and how illness affects it.
Skindy: Hi I'm Skindy. I'm the expert on skin and bones.
Gastro: I'm Gastro, the expert on the digestive system.
Pump: Hey, I'm Pump. I'm the expert on the heart and blood vessels.
Axon: Greetings, I am Axon, the brain and nerves expert.
Chi: Hello, I'm Chi. I'm the expert on the lungs and respiratory system.
Abacus: And I am Abacus, guardian of the Medikidz.
Narrator: And this issue also features our star, Melanie.
Mark: All right, sis, are you ready for my lightening-explosion-mega-kick?
Melanie: Yup, just like I was ready for your ultra super tiger kick, and your unstoppable awesome power kick… Both of which I totally stopped, by the way.
Face it, big brother, you can change the names, but the results will be the same! Nothing gets past me.
Mark: We'll see about that
Lighting - Explosion – Mega-Kick - GOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Melanie: Super-Regular-Playing-Soccer-And-Schooling-Your-Big-Brother-Block, GO!
Mark: Melanie! Are you okay?
Melanie: Ohh, that hurt… And since when does the grass spin?
Two things: 1) I totally blocked you. 2) I … I think you need to go get mom!
Doctor: Well, Melanie, it looks like you have a concussion.
You should be fine, but I'd like you to stay here a few hours so we can keep an eye on you.
Melanie: Okay, but I'm probably going to need ice cream….all of it.
Mark: They want to keep an eye on her? This must be serious!
I mean, it sounds serious! CONCUSSION sounds like a serious word… even though I don't actually know what it…Is? Whoa, Axion? Abacus? What's going on?
Axon: Oh, so many things, I mean, planets are forming, stars are dying and being reborn. It's taco Tuesday. So, So, So many things.
But right now, you have questions about concussions, and we have answers! Right abacus?
Axon: Now, a concussion is a brain injury, so to understand it, we need to understand what goes on inside the brain!
Which means a trip to MEDILAND!
Mark: Mediland? You mean the planet that looks and works just like a person's body?
Abacus: Affirmative. Initiating teleporter now.
Narrator: On the skull...
Axon: But before we get to the brain, we need to talk about the skull!
Mark: Whoa, it's hard as a rock!
Axon: The skull is important because it protects…THE BRAIN
Mark: Whoa! I wish Melanie were here to see this!
Axon: The brain is one of the body's most powerful organs. Let's head inside to see what it does!
Narrator: Inside the brain...
Axon: Your brain does loads of stuff. It helps you talk, move, feel, see, hear, and even smell the world around you.
Brain 1: Ohh, it's getting kind of hot. Let's turn away from the sun a bit.
Brain 2: Tummy is rumbling. Activating pizza-ordering mode! I love pizza!
Axon: Your brain take care of almost everything your body does, including things that you don't even have to think about, like growing and breathing.
Mark: I'm cool with that! Less things for me to worry about.
Brain 3: Time for a growth spurt! Sorry Mediland you're going to have to buy new clothes.
Mark: So, the skull protects the brain and the brain does.. basically everything!
But what does any of this have to do with a concussion?
Abacus: PROXIMITY ALERT! Meteor heading towards Mediland's Head! Impact in 3….2…..
Axon: I think you are about to find out. BRACE FOR IMPACT!
Mark: UGH What was that?
Axon: That was Mediland getting a concussion!
See, while your skull protects your brain from minor bumps and bruises, if you get hit too hard in the head, rapid movement of your brain can cause damage?
That is called a concussion.
Brain 2: I'm cancelling that pizza. I HATE PIZZA
Mark: You said you love pizza! Axon, what's going on?
Axon: It's the concussion! It affects how your brain works and can change the way you think and feel.
Mark: I don't see anything wrong.
Axon: You can't see a concussion like you can see bruises or scrapes on the outside of your body.
But whenever you hurt your head, there is a small chance of bleeding in the brain, which can be very dangerous.
That's why it's so important to keep an eye on Melanie after her hard hit, and for her to be checked out by a doctor.
Brain 2: Are you a doctor? You look young to be a doctor.
Axon: A) Thank you for saying I look young! B) I'm a genius….I have 7 Doctorates
The doctor will be able to tell the difference between a concussion and bleeding in the brain.
The good news is there's no bleeding in Mediland's brain!
Brain 2: That sounds like good news, but my head still aches like bad news!
Mark: Will the concussion go away?
Abacus: Affirmative, a concussion gets better with time.
The best treatment, for the first few days, is to let your brain heal by resting and avoiding any activities that could hurt your brain again.
Brain 1: Got it! Entering rest mode.
Axon: Let's head back to HQ and let the brain relax!
Narrator: Back at MK HQ
Axon: I know you and your sister love to play, but going back to sports too soon can be dangerous for her. If she gets hit again, her brain can get super hurt.
Mark: Don't worry, I'll make sure she takes it easy. Buuuuut, we will be able to play again, right?
Axon: Of Course! Her doctor will tell her when its safe for her to get back to her normal activities, like school and sports.
Trust me, She'll be back to doing what she loves before you know it!
Mark: Speaking of, I should probably get back to check on her!
Axon: You got it, but before you go, I want to give you this!
It's a wrist computer just like mine, with everything you learned about concussions in it so you can teach others!
You're an honorary medikid now! Make us proud!
Mark: I will! Thanks Axon! Thanks Abacus!
Abacus: You are welcome human designated as Mark.
Mark: Whoa, I'm back! I better check on Melanie.
Melanie: Hey, Big Brother, where've you been? I've been in ice cream paradise!
Mark: I was in Mediland with the Medikidz, learning all about concussions!
Melanie: Whoa, really? Tell me everything!
Mark: Okay, Well, it all starts with the brain…
Narrator: Two days later...
Melanie: I could get used to you waiting on me hand and foot.
Mark: Well, don’t! The doctor said you have to take it easy for now, but once you're better, it's back outside where you'll face my … Ultra-Dragon-Rage-Kick!
Melanie: HAH, Bring it on, big brother!
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