Morning Free Association: Tuukka’s Health Issues

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If you were wondering why Tuukka Rask played on Thursday but was absent from practices prior to the game on Sunday along with that game, Tuukka has the answer for you: he had a cough, one of the many symptoms that can be associated with the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Since the NHL has been rigorous in their approach in making sure that no one contracts the disease nor tests positive for it, Tuukka Rask was held out.

“Yeah I had a cough so I just clicked yes on the app and then all kind of red lights started blinking so I was quarantined for two days,” Rask said. “They wanted to do two negative tests after that. That’s it. Now I was back today.”

Rask said his two tests did indeed come back negative, which allowed him to return to practice.

Rask said he still has a cough, but the negative tests give both himself and the league comfort that he is not infected and therefore not contagious.

“Well at least I tested negative. So I’m still coughing but I’m not too worried about that,” Rask said. “As long as the tests came back negative, that’s all I care about.”

It seems that Tuukka might have been the first NHL athlete that has gone through a quarantine due to having a common symptom while in the bubble. But we know that the league takes this very seriously. Hopefully, players will not be hesitant to be truthful about their own symptoms even if it means missing games. Everyone’s health is much more inpoortant than winning.

Before I received that news about Tuukka, I received some other news on Twitter about other health issues that Rask is dealing with: migraines.

Tuukka Rask suffers from the occasional complex migraine, one in which he sees auras and blurred visions before the headache sets in.

When you see three pucks coming at you, you try to stop the middle one.

While he states that he only has an episode a couple of times a year, he has had them while on the ice even as recently as last postseason. In fact, that’s how he was diagnosed in 2015; he had trouble with his vision while he was playing in a game. He told a doctor on the team staff about it, was examined and diagnosed, and now takes a fast-acting prescription medication to subdue the effects.

Tuukka lives with this condition and still manages to be an excellent goalie, even while seeing 3 pucks. I guess most of the time the middle puck is the real one.

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The migranes make sense – in fact it sounds vaguely familiar. It would explain a few sudden absences.
Meanwhile the annoying beat of “Does Tuukka have something to prove?” will continue.

Man it is hella humid right now. I walked down to the mailbox and back a couple of times and was dripping with sweat, Yeech.
It sounds like the tropical storm is gonna head up Stripes’ way today – I’ve battened down some of the flappier hatches out here. Hope we don’t lose power again, but if the remains of the “eye” are headed up the Hudson river valley, the winds shouldn’t be too bad this far east.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Hey All! Migraines, Jo gets them. I give her Feverfew. Knocks the migraine out every time. That three pucks thing reminds me of driving drunk, except I follow the yellow line closest to the car and ignore all the other yellow lines.
Talked ( listened really )to my brother until 3 this morning. I am tired. a 6 hour dissertation on hockey from a guy who can’t remember anyone’s name. I go back to bed now!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

I only do drunk driving on the Playstation. Migraine driving is to be avoided too!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

I have a designated driver now! By the grace of God, nothing terrible ever happened in my days of ignorance

IntentionallyWidenberg
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Feverfew? That works?
Do you get vitamin pills from CVS/GNC/etc or do you use some sort of herbal brew?

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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I get feverfew in capsules. Forgot who makes it, but GNC has it

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Works for Jo. She takes three at the first sign, usually a vision thing.

The London Bear
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Hi folks,

Glad Tuukka got the Covid all-clear.

I can sympathise with him re the migraines. I started getting them when I was 16, exactly the same as the ones Tuukka describes. A couple of times a year at first but it became several times a week at times. Then suddenly about five years ago they just stopped. Haven’t had one since, touch wood. Medical science has no answers why and doesn’t seem particularly interested judging on doctors’ reaction whenever I mention it!

I always found the most reliable cure was to drink two beers as soon as symptoms started – that always seemed to sort it out quicker than any painkillers or prescription medication!