The Norman Transcript


August 24, 2013

Bruised but not broken



For inexplicable reasons, folks insist on stumbling around in the dark. Consequently, a broken toe is a common injury. Except for the “buddy taping,” which entails wrapping the broken digit together with a healthy neighboring toe for stabilizing purposes, there is not much to be done. For those with a talented middle toe, it also means forgoing the pleasure of giving folks “The Toe.”

Now we come to the injury with which your humble writer is most familiar — the bruised tailbone. It does not take an Einstein to figure out that if you fall off of a motorbike and bounce on the ground, you will have a sore tailbone for an extended period of time.

Can anything ease the pain?

Since there is no quick fix for such an injury, the chilled-buns approach of applying an ice pack is recommended. Aside from having a sneezing fit, it can be a cool experience.

Sitting on a donut was another suggestion. Well . . . it was not that comfortable. Besides, the filling squished out and made a big mess.

Another suggestion was to take an Epsom salt sitz bath. Using a small basin for said sitz bath worked fine, until Hubby walked in the room and fell over laughing. It could have worked, but I did not want Hubby injured by laughing so hard.

Since the tailbone normally does not “stick out like a sore thumb,” putting a cast around it was out of the question. Just as with the slightly broken nose, the cast would be in the way for many reasons.

What is the best solution? Wait until the pain is gone and climb back on the motorbike.

Elizabeth is an author and freelance writer. Visit her website, Please check out her novels, “The Dionysus Connection” and “The Marathon Man,” at

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