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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

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.