My coworker (Reid) suffed an unfortunate mishap last night.
While an unruly patron was being asked to leave a bar, Reid had the misfortune to choose that moment to get up from his table and walk past the "gentleman" who was being escorted out.
Unruly Patron grabbed him, smashed his knee into Reid's forhead and then bounced Reid's head off of a table.
Reid didn't realize he'd been injured until the bartender said "Since when does Superman have fake blood?"
Reid replied "I don't have any fake blood."
Bartender "Then what's that on your chin?"
Reid had a 1 1/2" long split in his scalp, right at the hairline (which had run down his face. Ironically, it being a Halloween event, no one took much notice of the blood until the bartender brought it up.
The result of the evenings festivities was that Reid had a long conversation with the police, charges are pending against UP, and Reid got to visit the ER.
At the ER, they fast-tracked Reid when they found out he had a 6 hour drive home still and the weather was worsening.
So they held off stitching him up, deciding that if he went to a clinic as soon as he got home, it would be fine.
So Reid drove home and went to the clinic this morning. He now has 3 stitches in his forehead.
He was telling us about this at lunch (while showing us pictures of the pre-stiched gap - isn't he a nice fellow?
) and one of the staff pointed out that he's got quite the goose-egg.
He poked the now-substantial lump. It's not a goose egg. It's not tender and it's not firm.
We told him to get it looked at. He argued.
He finally agreed that at 4 pm, he'd show it to me and if it was still getting worse, he'd go back to the clinic.
At 4 pm, the swelling was nearly down to his eyebrows. He went to check on it and said "Um...yeah. I'm going to go back to the clinic now. There's yellow pus oozing out of the stitches..."
I expect that Reid will come in tomorrow with the stitches removed and replaced with something that can drain.
And to make things even more fun, our staff photos-for-the-new-web-page are being taken this week.
I am threatening to provide him with a flowered scarf to cover the wound.