Ohio teen collapses after 4-day Xbox marathon

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Ohio teen collapses after 4-day Xbox marathon
WHERE ARE HIS PARENTS??? Ohio teen collapses after 4-day Xbox marathon

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A four-day Xbox gaming marathon apparently was too much for one 15-year-old Ohio boy.

WCMH-TV (http://bit.ly/N3Ugln ) reports that the Columbus teen collapsed and was hospitalized Tuesday after becoming severely dehydrated. His mother says he emerged from his bedroom during the four days only to pick up snacks or take a quick shower.

The boy was so engrossed in playing Modern Warfare 3 on Xbox that he made himself sick.

He's expected to be OK -- but his mom has taken away the Xbox.

Dr. Mike Patrick, an emergency physician at Nationwide Children's Hospital, recommended that gamers use some common sense: Get plenty of food and fluids, take breaks for physical activity and get some sleep.

http://news.yahoo.com/ohio-teen-collapses-4-day-xbox-marathon-120345826-...

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15-Year-Old Columbus Gamer

15-Year-Old Columbus Gamer Collapses After 4-Day Gaming Marathon Hardcore Video Gamers Risk Health Problem

COLUMBUS, Ohio --

He only came out of his bedroom to use the bathroom, to pick up some snacks in the kitchen, and to take a quick shower. Otherwise, 15-year-old Tyler Rigsby was locked in his bedroom, absorbed in an alternate reality: Xbox's Modern Warfare 3. His mom says he was in there for at least four days. Maybe five.

When he finally emerged Tuesday morning, he went to his aunt's house with his mother. That's where he collapsed. Three times.

"It's like he was looking at me but he wasn't there. It was like he was looking through me," says Jennifer Thompson, Tyler's aunt. "We were talking and I heard a thump and I looked over and he just fell."

Tyler's mom, Jessie Rawlins, says he turned very pale and his lips became a disturbing blue color.

"I was very scared. I thought he was going to die," she remembers. "He just fell over three times."

Medics were called to the house and Tyler was taken to the hospital where they attached an IV tube and pumped him full of fluids. He was severely dehydrated.

Dr. Mike Patrick, an emergency physician at Nationwide Children's Hospital, says dehydration can be very dangerous, even deadly.

"When you're dehydrated, the amount of fluid in your entire body is decreased and that includes the fluid that's in your blood vessels," Patric says. "So you have decreased blood volume. That leads to decreased blood pressure. When your blood pressure gets to a certain point, you're unable to get enough blood up to the brain. If you're not getting enough oxygen to the brain, that can cause you to pass out and it could cause you to die."

Patrick says not getting enough oxygen to your brain will, at first, make you dizzy if you stand up quickly. Eventually, the deficiency will start to kill brain cells. He says the change in your blood caused by dehydration can also trigger the formation of blood clots. Those can move to your heart or lungs and kill you.

As for staying awake day after day, Patrick says your body will eventually shut down on its own. The reticular activating system fires neurons in your brain and that's what keeps us awake. Eventually, those neurons run out of juice and can't send the signals we need to stay awake and alert.

"After so long, it stops firing and you just go to sleep whether you want to or not," he says. "You, eventually, run out of those chemicals. Your body needs sleep to replenish that activating system to keep you awake."

Playing games for days on end keeps your body from rejuvenating its system. At a certain point, it has to shut down. That's when we, eventually, pass out.

Patrick recommends some common sense when gaming: get plenty of food and fluids, take breaks for physical activity, and put the controller down now and then to get some decent sleep.

Jessie Rawlins says she and her son learned a lesson the hard way. She says he was pretty scared by the whole episode. And he didn't complain about the punishment.

"The Xbox is gone," she says.

http://www2.nbc4i.com/news/2012/aug/07/hardcore-video-gamers-risk-health-problems-ar-1129944/?sc_cid=CMH-NEWS-7amDlyNews

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Apparently Mom was in the

Apparently Mom was in the kitchen, making snacks for four days? Maybe five?

Look on the bright side, at least she noticed a problem with the blue lips by the third fainting spell. One or two, no big deal, I guess.

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ouch. been there done

ouch. been there done that.

I was a tiny bit more practical about it when I gamed relentlessly. I drank fluids, I mean, its kinda hard to be unaware of dehydration, you'd think, right? Wow.

I recall when I first got into the SWG game. They had a daily server down from 6 to 7 am for server maint. That was my only sleep the first 2 days, that hour. I dunno how my bodyclock matched it up exactly, but after playing the ENTIRE day i fell asleep in my cushy chair with my laptop on my lap. ( i had asked for a particular combo of days off so I could play for 3 days off, when it launched. That is a common practice among game fanatics, doh)

So I just leaned back to relax a sec and Im sure I intended to put it aside and head to bed... never made it that far. conked out cold. So somehow I woke up at almost exactly 7 and they had the server back up... so I logged on and continued from where i had left off. Second day I set my alarm clock to make sure i did the same thing again. I recall one of the well reguarded leaders of the guild saying "he's an animal" after my 3 day binge. I was proud of that at the time. Sick man, sick. i know Im not the only one to have felt that pride. I remember conversations with powergamers doing the same thing often.

I feel fortunate that I never had any major health issues develope. Well maybe I should say that AFTER I see a doctor and make sure its true, doh.

Anyway, thanks for this, Lizwool. Yeah, wheres the parents is true. Games should come with a built in app for reminding you to go eat, drink, sleep etc. Im sure they never will tho.

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this parents should be

this parents should be removed from their parental tasks. Period. This is not parenting... This is bull...They are responsible and should be put in prison.

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It is unfortunate that it

It is unfortunate that it takes these kinds of severe situations for people in the culture to become aware of excessive gaming problems. I hope that some reporter somewhere will soon decide to highlight it and do some in-depth reporting before so much more damage is done. I fear this problem is growing out of control and its negative effects will soon be too large to ignore. By then, the problem will be very difficult to address. (Actually, it already is.)

We should be ready for the deluge of people who will eventually be coming to this site. There will be a "tipping point."

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yes, but putting them in

yes, but putting them in prison is a tad extreme lol. Lets not totally blame the parents. I have talked to some who think at least they know where their kids are when they are home playing video games. The child was 15 and not 5. Everyone needs education on this.

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QFE dan939 wrote: We

QFE

dan939 wrote:

We should be ready for the deluge of people who will eventually be coming to this site. There will be a "tipping point."

the OLGA site has an endlessly scrolling list of the Latest members. Like 2-5 new people per day usually. Thats a LOT but its a trickle compared to the potential.

That is one of the reasons I wanted trained as a backup meeting host. I encourage you all to do the same. I believe we are going to see an explosion in the next few years. We should be preparing for regular OLGA meetings on our area. Which means getting ourselves into a place to make it happen with our own active help.

Now that I've sponsored someone, I plan to take them thru the Back to Basics 12 steps book like I went thru the 1st time. Then I'll start to poll the area for meeting places and interested people... It may take 5 years to get local meetings going, but it may be there are more hidden local people ready than we think. Be Prepared was the Boy Scout motto when I was a Scoutmaster... So I will.

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I have talked to alot of

I have talked to alot of conserned parents of both addicted and normal gamers through my voulenteer work. What they normally say is that when they sit n play games atleast the parents know where they are. They arent out doing drugs or getting wasted. It gives parents a false sence of security and safety. Thats why its extremely easy for many parents to just let their kids sit n play games all the time. Its just a game, its not crime or drugs or something dangerous.

I wouldnt say this is 100% the parents fault. They feel like its no problem and have it under control. This is ignorance. I`ll rather blame ignorance then the parents most of the time. And when it comes to gaming addiction ignorance is the biggest enemy. Even worse then the gaming companies.

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What Norski said. 

What Norski said. Totally. Every single person I have talked to and shared my issue with has been completely surprised, amazed, except for one: My ex-partner's 24-year-old nephew (I need to just start calling him my nephew because I've known him almost his whole life and we are quite close). When I told him, he totally got it. He has a huge number of friends who game in an out-of-control way. People peeing in the corner of the room so that they don't have to leave the game. More than one. This problem is a problem of ignorance for both the gamers (it's not just denial; the denial will be there, but if you don't know it *can* be an addiction there's nothing to deny) AND for parents, families, friends, employers, everyone. The more we get the word out the sooner things can change. No one makes excuses any more for people who drink excessively, drink and drive, and claim they don't have a problem. They get intervention. They get rehab with their boss's understanding and their insurance company's money. (Or jail.) What gamers get is a couple of websites where people will listen to what they have to say and be supportive (I'm assuming there is something out there besides us, but there may not be), and a couple of big cities where you can get a ftf meeting going. Much more is needed, and right soon.

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According to the news

According to the news tonight the mom took the x-box away while the kid was in the hospital. He isn't objecting and he is still walking around in a daze.

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I'm guessing mom didn't have

I'm guessing mom didn't have a clue how bad it could be.. :-(

Our society has no idea.

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starryeyed wrote:

I have talked to some who think at least they know where their kids are when they are home playing video games. The child was 15 and not 5. Everyone needs education on this.

If I had a dollar for everytime I tryed to get other parents/family to understand the problems of gaming too many hours I would be a rich, rich women. Most friends and other parents say exactly that You are so lucky he is not drinking or doing drugs and you know where he is!!! It is such a misunderstood health condition .

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annbelle61, I believe

annbelle61,

I believe it--very frustrating. You could send them here, or tell them about the 21-yr old man who had shakes, headaches, nightmares and threw up for 4 days after quitting. It might not help right away, but I for one appreciate your willingness to share about the problem. Every bit of this is a tiny bit of education thrown into the consciousness of our culture, and eventually it will wake people up.

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thanks for sharing these

thanks for sharing these stories liz

I know they are happening, but it gives me hope when they hit the media openly.

it's another nail in gaming coffin

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My son is only 8, and has

My son is only 8, and has always been attracted to computer games of all sorts; left to his own devices, he would've played all day. "Fortunately", he has an addict mom (me!) whom he has observed succumb to the addiction many times, and who is terrified of seeing him go down the same path. So he has highly restrictive time limits for play (and no Wii or Xbox in the house), and he accepts this, because he understands about gaming addiction himself. But almost all his friends play more than he does. When he goes to visit them, often all they end up doing is playing. It scares me to see this.

Now my daughter has started getting into this too. She'd never been particularly interested, but some of her friends have taught her some online games, again, she played a really long time at a friend's house, then came home and didn't want to do anything else. These games are touted as safe, kid-friendly, maybe even educational. As someone who got addicted to the stupidest little games, I don't view "educational" games as safe, either. If the game provides regular dopamine hits and/or a rush of adrenaline, even if it's for doing arithmetic problems, then time on it needs to be strictly controlled.

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Hello operetta.  Thank you

Hello operetta. Thank you for shaing. As you have experienced, games can be a drug to some people. Gaming needs to be viewed with caution.

As with other drugs and alcohol - (wine coolers to everclear), games range from tame games to games designed to be addictive (WOW). I always suggest the WII sports games as a more "healthy" game. No on-line games. Also, off-line games that END can be safer. It all depends on the person.

Here is a link to a section on our website that you may have not seen, talking about children and games - http://www.olganon.org/?q=forum/47

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Don't underestimate kids.

Don't underestimate kids. Sure, they might not know dopeamine and neural pathways. But. My 7 year old understands that some games 'call you back' and make you play even when you know you shouldn't, and that daddy goes to meetings to make sure he doesn't play games anymore. And she's told me she's glad I go to meetings. They get it.

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