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Many of you already know that Kevin fell rollerblading yesterday with a brief loss of consciousness.[1] He refused transport, by ambulance or neighbors, and has a memory lapse of about 3.5 hours. He agreed to see our family practitioner this morning. She took one look at his unwrapped wrist (I splinted it last night) and said it's dislocated, probably fractured, and he could either wait several hours to get in to an orthopedist or go directly to the ER for x-rays. Since old paratroopers never die,[2] he decided to do neither of those things. Instead he got a much-needed haircut, picked up a proper wrist splint, and prepared for an interview scheduled for 1 PM.

I saw him off with plenty of time, printed paperwork in a folder and his netbook charged and packed with its cooling pad. At the last minute I handed him my phone. I'm glad I did, because 20 minutes later he called to say the Mustang's engine cut out while he was on the way to the interview. He planned to cross a nearby overpass to a gas station and get the car towed. In the meanwhile, he talked to the recruiter (he did not have a phone number for the client) and will reschedule. I hope the client makes an offer; the previous screens and interview went well and we got the impression the client thinks he's a good fit.

When it rains, it pours. Also, always wear appropriate safety gear for sports.



1. Most surreal moment: a neighbor kid asked "Is he dead?". I replied, "No, people can't be dead and breathing."

2. Old paratroopers never die, they just go to hell and regroup.

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ETA: The Mustang turned out to have a broken coil wire, a fairly simple and inexpensive fix. We'll pick her up from the shop tomorrow since our bank decided to go back on the "we will release part of your latest deposit Tuesday and the remainder Wednesday" after we verified that policy with a supervisor, purchased a cashier's check in our local branch to pay rent, and checked the balance before he left. (Will straighten that out in the morning.) Kevin didn't want me to ask any of "my" friends for a ride, so he started walking. Two and a half miles in, a stranger stopped and offered him a ride the rest of the way home.

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oddharmonic
Apr. 13th, 2010 11:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks.

He is able to navigate the bus system, he just hates it because he's impatient. To go from our home to the interview location (12 miles by road) entails 1h50m on the bus, primarily on one convoluted suburban route.

The major effects of his cumulative brain injury are that he has limited short-term memory and increased emotional lability (switching more quickly, and sometimes inappropriately, between emotions than the average person). In that, he's extremely high-functioning for a brain injury survivor; he hasn't lost any mobility or motor skills and can hold a highly-skilled job. His injury was to the same side and lobe as Phineas Gage, only /far/ less severe.
paradoxymoron
Apr. 13th, 2010 11:32 pm (UTC)
Good luck with both of you.


Phineas Gage, the apex of body modification. You have a 3" hole through your earlobe? He has rebar through his skull.
oddharmonic
Apr. 14th, 2010 12:26 am (UTC)
He didn't get too far before getting a ride home, so he's home and freshly fed dinner.

I always giggle a little at photos of scarring as body modification because Kevin got his Harry Potter scar from hitting the corner of a wall. (Okay, it's not as cool a backstory as the fictional wizard's, but he dented that wall bead.)
paradoxymoron
Apr. 14th, 2010 12:28 am (UTC)
I thought it was an aquarium? And that he got a free parrot out of the deal? :P
oddharmonic
Apr. 14th, 2010 12:47 am (UTC)
He caught his foot in siphon tubing (used in cleaning the aquarium) and hit the corner of a wall in the bathroom.

Laurel likes showing people your photo-chopped pirate Kevin.

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