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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?

Comments

kalleah
Jun. 18th, 2009 01:16 am (UTC)
Ouch. That smarts.

I'm inclined to err on the side of being tactful about the injury and not saying anything. Of course, this is me, and I spent a terrible few days once being told I had something on my nose after I had a small cyst removed. I heard all the dang jokes. Boo.
np_complete
Jun. 18th, 2009 01:35 am (UTC)
I'm inclined to err on the side of being tactful about the injury and not saying anything.

I think the protocol for injuries on the face is different from the body. Something that might be a zit gone terribly awry or a shaving cut gets politely ignored, mostly. (Boo! to those people who made fun of you!) I remember when I skinned the back of my wrist once, people thought it looked like a second- or third-degree burn and asked about it.

I think it's different if you have a bandage than if you have a wound, too. (Once the wound is no longer bleeding, anyway!) People ask about bandages more than scabs and scars.
kalleah
Jun. 18th, 2009 01:36 am (UTC)
Yeah -- that makes sense about the face. I'll completely ask someone about a cast or crutches, for example.