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August 24, 2013

Bruised but not broken

NORMAN — There are some injuries that require a grit-your-teeth-and-live-with-it approach. Why?

Well, perhaps it is because nothing constructive can be done to speed up the healing process. Besides, learning to deal with pain puts hair on your chest.

Let’s say little Johnny is playing baseball with his friends and his nose gets in the way of a fast ball. Consequently, the ball and the pitcher are justifiably furious. After all, Johnny stuck his nose where it did not belong and impeded the intended path of that superbly pitched ball.

As you would expect, there is a collective gasp in the stadium. Johnny grabs his nose and falls on the ground, writhing in agony. The loudest gasp/shriek comes from the lips of his loving, and now freaked out, mother.

He is rushed to the Emergency Room. The staff stop the bleeding, plugging his nostrils with rolled up gauze. Since it is a simple fracture, they straighten his nose as well. After that, with instructions to use an ice pack to reduce swelling, the boy is sent home to wait for the healing process to run its course.

What else did you expect? There was no need to wrap a bandage around his nose and all over his face because it would not help. Besides, the kid would resemble the boy from the movie “The Mask.” Not the best look for a macho wannabe lad.

Cracked or broken ribs are yet another one of those injuries which require the unfortunate person to endure the pain and have a great deal of patience during the healing process. The injured person may wear a rib belt to stabilize the ribs, but no cast is applied.

If the poor bloke was shackled with a rib cast, imagine the combination of pain inherent to such an injury and the added weight he would have to cart around. Not the best way to get six-pack abs. Unlike a broken leg where a bit of hobbling is involved, it is impossible to make hobbling movements with a rib cast, unless you are an inch worm or try to imitate one. Quite preposterous to imagine and endure.

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