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Filed under: Daily Life,Gryphon — folkcat at 5:39 pm on Monday, February 11, 2008

I woke up at the usual time on Sunday morning to find Gryphon in a lot of pain. Seems he’d had a transient incident in the night of going to the bathroom in the wee hours, then passing out and falling on the bathtub. He came to lying sort of upside down over the side of the tub with his head in one corner.

With some difficulty, he got up and managed to get back to bed. But in the morning, it was obvious that something was wrong.

I talked him into letting me take him to the ER. The pain made the final sale – it was more convincing than I was. They did some tests to make sure he didn’t have something wrong that would continue to cause fainting, and he was okay on that front. Then we waited to have the x-rays done.

Two broken ribs. Not cracked, not bruised. Broken. Gryphon’s off work until he mends. Off most household chores, too – he can’t twist, bend, or lift without risking further injury.

Don’t worry about the passing out issue – this is actually a known problem with no real cause other than a tall, lanky body with sometimes poor circulation in the extremities. He’s passed out after peeing in the night before, but it has been at least 13 years since the last occurrence. Basically, he should be remembering to sit down to do his business, at least at night, and then standing up slowly.

If you want to offer Gryphon a get well wish, you can e-mail him at gryphonbrook@gmail.com . I’m sure he’d be happy to hear from you.

For the morbidly curious, there’s a photo of the bruises on his back after the jump, along with our guess as to exactly how they happened. I know not everyone will want to see them, so I put them a step away.

Gryphon's Bruises

The nearly parallel lines at the lower left are where he caught the cold water handle in the shower/tub as he came down. Their spacing nearly matches the ribs on the handle. The impact was hard enough to bend the handle – it now points down a little instead of straight out. We’ll be wanting to replace that screw sometime soon.

That first hit probably spun his body around a bit – we think the smaller bruise in the upper center of his back is from the little knob on top of the faucet that diverts the water to the shower. He also has a bruise on his right arm where we think it hit the edge of the bathtub.

We’re very aware that Gryphon was extremely lucky – if any of these had been his head instead of his back or arm, he could easily not be here anymore. As it is, he has an unexpected and unintended break from work for a while. There will be an additional impact to our income from this – he has time he can apply to days off at his full time job, but not the part time one.

We’ll get by. But it was sure not how we expected to spend our Sunday, and it puts a serious twist into our plans for the coming few weeks.

6 Comments

Comment by Carol

February 11, 2008 @ 7:42 pm

Holy crap! Take it easy while you heal, Gryphon! My hubby fell down the stairs in the middle of the night once. He still has pain in the finger he injured most seriously. Feel better soon.

Comment by Valerie in San Diego

February 11, 2008 @ 9:59 pm

Yeowch! The same thing happened to my Dad last year, only he fell into the shower stall and hit his head on the tile, and whacked his arm on the doorway. Fortunately he was okay after some healing time, and it sounds like Gryphon will be too, but it’s a combination of scary and painful, isn’t it? I hope his ribs heal very quickly!

Comment by elspeth

February 11, 2008 @ 10:37 pm

Wow, how scary and horrible! I’m glad he got help and agreed to let him take you to the ER!

Comment by Sara

February 11, 2008 @ 10:55 pm

Damn…do tell your man that I hope he feels better really soon…

Comment by Christina

February 12, 2008 @ 7:16 pm

Ouch! That must have hurt! I know how bad it sucks to have fainting spells. For a time, I had alot of them because my blood pressure was too low. I never got hurt though. Wishing Gryphon a speedy recovery.

Comment by Carrie K

February 12, 2008 @ 11:28 pm

Holy – Moley! I know it could be worse but – holy moley! Now rest it, Gyrphon!

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