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Photos: some of Vogon's injuries.

Here are photos of some of his injuries; there are also bruises on his left shoulder and arm.


The head lac, with a ruler for scale. The scarring below it and the little question mark-shaped hairless patch are from his 31 May 2005 head injury.


That upper bruise on his left temple protrudes like there's a small gumball or jawbreaker under his skin.


Here's the bridge of nose laceration, again with a ruler for scale.

His neck has gotten progessively stiffer throughout the afternoon and evening to the point where he has significant difficulty turning his head. I did some trigger point massage on him just before 3 PM and point 21 on his back, a few finger widths in and below the shoulderblades, was knotted like you wouldn't believe. He finally agreed to let me "wire him up" [put electrodes on him for the TENS machine] a little while ago and he was making little pleasurable moaning sounds when I left him set up at a therapeutic intensity level for an hour with headphones on to Sonique's Hear My Cry in my Discman.

*smiles grimly* If there's one subject I know deeply enough to help him feel better, it's acupressure and trigger points. It had to be good for something someday.

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trshtwns01
Nov. 4th, 2006 04:18 pm (UTC)
The pictures weren't there for me. :(

I'm glad you were able to make him feel a little bit better. You have a TENS machine? You are my new hero! I used to use one on my back after physical therapy and LOVED it. It really helped with the pain.

oddharmonic
Nov. 6th, 2006 12:47 am (UTC)
I changed the photos' security level from "registered users" to "public" so they should be visible now.

He eventually turned off the TENS and said it only helped a little, but it was his first time using the machine on himself and he's better than I am at choosing the best places for electrodes.

Our TENS machine is sold as a "muscle stimulator" or somethng doofey like that, but it's basically an entry-level TENS machine with 4 hookups (for 8 electrode pads at one time). Vogon used to regularly hook up a friend with back pain but I think they've lost touch since I haven't met her yet. I use it a few times a month for my lower back and occasionally for other muscle aches and it's better than painkillers for me.
trshtwns01
Nov. 6th, 2006 01:03 am (UTC)
Where did you get it?
oddharmonic
Nov. 6th, 2006 11:02 pm (UTC)
I stand corrected, it has 3 hookups (6 pads at one time). It's the Body Shapers BM1012BI Electronic Muscle Stimulator Unit and he bought it directly from the manufacturer online.

Vogon originally bought it to use as a muscle stimulator to gain muscle definition in his chest and later started offering to some of his friends to use it for TENS stimulation, particularly his friend with back pain ("e-girl" in his journal tags).
king_chiron
Nov. 4th, 2006 04:35 pm (UTC)
I can't see the photos, but I really think you should consider filing a complaints with the police department, this seems ridiculous and out of line for what's really just a simple case of repair rip-off.
oddharmonic
Nov. 6th, 2006 12:54 am (UTC)
I changed the photos' security level from "registered users" to "public" so they should be visible now.

I'm calling the department's records office in the morning to request a copy of the report so I can file a complaint. Vogon wasn't resisting from what I was able to hear -- I didn't hear 100% of the conversation since it was in low tones, but I did clearly hear the officer say "I'm going to have to cuff you" and Vogon replied "Okay, I'm not going to resist".

Here both he and the officer agreed that Vogon got down on his knees with his hands on his head, but then the officer pushed him down. Vogon's story is that he was bending over at the waist to make his wrists more accessible to the officer. What I overheard the officer say to the other two officers when we were downstairs for the ambulance crew to check Vogon out was that Vogon "began behaving erratically and smelled of alcohol".

I do believe it was unnecessary force and I don't understand why the officer felt threatened -- the officer easily had at least 8 inches height and 50+ pounds on Vogon.
ekdogg
Nov. 6th, 2006 03:42 am (UTC)
he got kind of fucked up.
oddharmonic
Nov. 6th, 2006 10:55 pm (UTC)
All the time I've lived in Dallas, I heard about how the Dallas police are rough. This was done by a Carrollton police officer.
ronimaymac
Nov. 6th, 2006 06:12 am (UTC)
OUCH
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