I think I read that he is stable, and they just want to keep him there to monitor his progress, so I'd imagine he'll move to a non-ICU room sooner than later. Don't ask me where I read that, because I just parused like 100 different sites in the past 5 minutes. Sorry.
Illinois Freshman Center Brian Carlwell has been upgraded to serious condition. His teammate, Sophomore Guard Jamar Smith is also suffered less-severe injuries. University of Illinois Police say Smith was driving a car on First Street when he crossed into another lane and hit a tree. Authorities believe weather contributed to the accident. Carlwell is being treated in Carle Hospital in Urbana.
What is a concussion? - Concussion is a trauma-induced change in mental status, with confusion and amnesia, and with or without a brief loss of consciousness.
What're the symptoms of a concussion? - The symptoms of a concussion include severe headache, dizziness, vomiting, increased size of one pupil or sudden weakness in an arm or leg.
How is a concussion diagnosed? - The duration of unconsciousness and degree of confusion are very important indicators of the severity of the injury and help guide the diagnostic process and treatment decisions.
What's the treatment for a concussion? - A grade 1 concussion can usually be treated with rest and continued observation alone. A person with a grade 2 concussion must discontinue sports activity for the day.
What's the post-concussion syndrome? - Post-concussion syndrome (PCS) is a common but controversial disorder that presents with variety of symptoms including headache, dizziness, fatigue, and personality changes.
A friend and fellow Illini reports the following, but I don't have a link to the news report he mentions:
"The story I just read said that Smith was cited for improper lane change and there could be other charges filed later after further investigation. If there was alcohol involved or speed or something else where Smith is charged with assault on Carlwell for negligent or willful conduct in the operation of the vehicle, that will be a big mess."
I sure hope, for the sake of the players and their families, nothing like the above transpires.
Yes, we must first hope for full recovery for Brian, and then hope that charges are not filed and that there are no lingering legal issues. Those kinds of things would only compound the difficulty and prolong a painful experience for everyone.
It's a place with a 35 MPH speed limit where the road curves. My guess is that the car started skidding instead of making the gentle turn, so Jamar overcompensated and they ended up hitting a tree across the street. Hard to explain any other way how the car hit with the passenger side on the left side of the street... I don't see any reason why this would be alcohol-related, just a matter of an inexperienced driver in bad conditions. Poor Jamar must feel really awful right now.
Very glad to hear that Brian has been upgraded, but I'm cautious about getting too optimistic in situations like these. Let's just keep hoping and praying.
On behalf of all Hawkeye fans, our hearts and prayers go out to the players and their families.
Fortunately nobody died.
Some of you may recall 14 years ago last January when Hawkeye sensation Chris Street was killed when he pulled out into the path of a snowplow, which had it's shovel lifted and therefore blocked the headlights from being seen.
Those were the darkest of times for Hawkeye and basketball fans everywhere.
Carlwell and Smith are fortunate that they are alive and able to rebound from such a potentially tragic event.
Out of our misery came a rejuvenated team, with a focus on the task at hand. Hopefully your team will be able to do the same.
Rivalries have no place at a time like this. Good luck to your young men.