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Sigh

Not a bad day, exactly, I'm just tired. I hit myself in the face with my car door this morning. (I'm not quite sure how I did this, so I won't try to explain.) I have a vivid, dark red, clotted-over gash to the left of my upper lip where a piece of skin tore off.

I've realized I'm not sure of the protocol when dealing with an acquaintance who has a new, visible injury. Do you ask (because you're supposed to take an interest in their well-being) or do you ignore it (since you don't want to make them self-conscious, or be nosy)?

I wouldn't ask a stranger on the elevator how they got that giant bruise (unless they looked like they needed medical attention). What's the rule for people you know?

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jlrpuck
Jun. 18th, 2009 01:00 am (UTC)
Bit late to the game (stupid RL), but I think I'd probably say--clearly in a lighthearted manner--"Rough morning, eh?" That let's the person talk about it if they want, or laugh it off/give me the glare of death if they don't.

Hope your day improved!
np_complete
Jun. 18th, 2009 01:39 am (UTC)
I think I'd probably say--clearly in a lighthearted manner--"Rough morning, eh?" That let's the person talk about it if they want, or laugh it off/give me the glare of death if they don't.

That seems like a good compromise. It depends on the nature and location of the injury, too, as I was saying to kalleah, below.