Conservative pundit Erick Erickson spent a portion of his holiday season in the hospital — and he is reportedly having trouble remembering why.
According to Mediaite, the Fox News Channel contributor has suffered some short-term memory loss after a mishap involving a golf club at a driving range earlier this month.
“My mouth tasting like metal”
The story apparently began with an Instagram post on Tuesday in which Erickson revealed a box of golf balls and the open field of a driving range.
In a series of tweets on Wednesday, he acknowledged the “weird” text messages he had apparently sent to several contacts over the course of the previous day and attempted to explain his unusual behavior.
Erickson noted that he received a new set of clubs for Christmas and went to the range with his 13-year-old son to help break them in. Shortly after his arrival, however, his memories began to fade.
While teaching his son how to properly handle his club, he assumed that he moved in too close and was knocked in the head by the teen’s forward swing.
“The last thing I remember is my ears ringing and my mouth tasting like metal,” Erickson wrote. “Allegedly, I drove us home fully coherent with blood streaming down my face. I cleaned myself up and rapidly started making no sense.”
“I don’t remember any of that”
Later on Tuesday night, Erickson said he woke up from his sleep and felt terrible but assumed it was the resurgence of a bug he had been fighting off for some time. Instead, he was informed that he had spent most of the day in the hospital for observation after receiving an apparent brain injury.
He said he had no recollection of that experience and subsequently found a series of nonsensical messages he did not remember sending to others during the same period of time. The right-wing columnist explained that his wife told him he made several absurd statements while they were at the hospital.
“Brains are weird,” Erickson continued, noting that his son told him he had hit balls with his new clubs “amazingly,” though he did not recall doing so.
“I found a picture I posted on Instagram of being at the driving range,” he added. “I don’t remember any of that. Mostly better today. Still can’t really remember yesterday though.”
On a positive note, Erickson concluded that medical staff determined that he did not suffer a fracture, bleeding, or swelling as a result of the incident.