You ever notice how when you tell someone about an injury, some will feel obligated to top it? I broke my collar-bone over the weekend, it’s not that bad, especially compared to the broken back I suffered a few months ago. And I know it’s not that bad. It hurts some and I’m told by readers it may hurt a long time, but I don’t expect this to be the worst injury evah or anything like that. Nevertheless, almost every single person I know in real life who has learned of my little fall immediately launches into their own story of their broken collar-bone/leg bone/arm bone or any bone. And they seem to feel challenged to beat my fuck up in some way. It’s odd; this is not a trauma contest. And even if it was, losing it would be the only way to win imo.
On a serious note, I have to work with this injury. The attendance policy where I work makes no distinction between serious injuries with documented trips to the ER vs. hungover or too lazy to come in. All it takes is missing a week for any reason over a six month period and it could be curtains. So I see coworkers all around me coming in with casts on, limping, in horrible pain, deathly ill, etc.. It’s revolting, like something you’d read about in a third-world work camp. Mark my words, it’s just a matter of time before someone needlessly dies in my workplace because of this barbaric insanity.