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Bite your tongue!
This definitely qualifies as Weird Post of the Week. If you’re particularly squeemish about blood and things, I recommend you skip this entry and go right on to reading about my thoughts on being a Mac switcher.
As per my usual lunch hour custom, I went to the Premier Club (a local gym here in Dallas) to sate my basketball playing thirst and get some weightlifting in. I was having your usual day — a turnover, a couple of missed jump shots, a made jump shot or two. Nothing to raise my status as an extremely average player that’s far too short for the sport.
I made the unfortunate mistake of getting caught in the paint on defense, and after going for and missing a rebound, I hovered behind my opponent with the ball hoping to catch him by surprise and get a blocked shot (I don’t get many of those). Unfortunately for me, he kind of stuck out his elbow as he went up — which caught my lower jaw and slammed my teeth together. Even more unfortunately for me, part of my tongue was between my teeth.
I bled, and I bled a lot. Most of the front of my white jersey was red. I played through, just licking my jersey every couple of seconds to avoid swollowing too much blood. I had to change jerseys as soon as the bleeding slowed enough that I could deal with the blood in my mouth. (The guy that did it was apologetic — it wasn’t really his fault. Not a huge fan of the elbows being out, but he also didn’t know I was there. A couple of people inspected my tongue and confirmed that I had a “nasty gash.”)
Everyone at work was eager to see my tongue, and it put on quite a show. I didn’t really get a look at it until I got to work (it had mostly stopped bleeding by this point, a good hour after it happened, so I could see clearly what the damage was). There’s a small chunk missing from the side, a large area that looks bruised, a bit of an area that’s kind of dangling a bit. It’s pretty gross. Surprisingly, though, it didn’t hurt that much to eat spicy food afterwards. It’s sore now, several hours later — especially when talking. Overall though, not a big deal. In fact, having typed this out, I’m not sure it makes much of a blog post. But since I’ve already typed it out, I might as well post it. Hope it didn’t gross you out too much!
Wed August 10th, 2005 5:00 pm