Monday, October 09, 2006

Travis broke his nose

As Sandy put it so eloquently: Just goes to show how unhealthy exercise is...

Yeah, so as the title indicates, my darling husband broke his schnoz this weekend. Basically he went for a header during soccer and missed. At the same time, some idiot from the other team decided to go for the ball as Travis's head was traveling in a direction close to this man's leg and well, you can imagine what happened....yet another trip to the ER due to soccer. I wish I was at the game so I could have kicked that guy's ass and then chew out the ref for not carding the other player. Apparently he didn't even come over and apologize or help when everyone else was frantically trying to stop the blood, providing ice, water, comfort, etc.

Can you believe that?

From the left:


From the right:


It's a little hard to see, but there are 3 distinct fractures where a chunk of the tip has broken off. What you can't see in the scans are the hairline fractures (3 or 4 of them radiating down to the anchor point of his nose).

What's more startling is the front view:

Oy! it is crooked (click on image for high resolution scan)and we were advised by the doctor in the ER to seek out a Ear, Nose and Throat specialist to ensure that it heals straight.

Course, being the guy that he is, Travis asked me to take pictures when the bleeding stopped (the rag was scarlet red on the field):


Sigh...I am none too pleased and needless to say, neither one of us slept too well last night. If Travis leaned his head forward, blood would dribble out. If he sneezed, it would REALLY start to bleed. Tilting his head back, the blood would drip into his throat. He was already nauseated due to the large amounts he swallowed.

9 Comments:

Blogger sarah said...

how awful! :( hope he feels better soon. any idea how long it will take to heal?

Monday, October 09, 2006  
Blogger cchang said...

3 to 4 weeks depending. If it heals crooked apparently they have to break it again, so going to the ENT asap is highly recommended.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006  
Blogger johnnyleechang said...

jesu cristo! hope he feels better soon

Tuesday, October 10, 2006  
Blogger cchang said...

I think he's okay. THe issue is that it is allergy season right now and every time he sneezes, his nose bleeds.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006  
Blogger Monica said...

oh how horrible! I can imagine the allergies are pretty hard to deal with. Give him my best, and hope it heals quickly. I went to an ENT doc once - not fun.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006  
Blogger cchang said...

Yikes! What did you have to go to the ENT for?

Wednesday, October 11, 2006  
Blogger Monica said...

apparently nothing. My voice teacher sent me there once to have a look at my vocal chords. It was not pleasant having a tube thru your nose down into your throat, but apparently, that's how they look at your vocal chords. Why they couldn't go through the mouth is beyond me.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006  
Blogger sarah said...

i once had an ENT doctor give me lots of free samples of drugs to make my sinus infection go away. it was a pretty good experience.

of course, i wasn't having a tube stuck down my throat, either. but the ENT shouldn't be all bad...i would think.

what do you mean they would have to rebreak his nose? couldn't he just live with a crooked nose, or are there other issues? how do you humanely break someone's nose?

Wednesday, October 11, 2006  
Blogger cchang said...

The crookedness could affect his breathing. He just got back from the ENT today and all the guy did was say that he can't tell how it will heal until the swelling goes down and to consult with him if it is crooked.

I think they saw through bone when they "rebreak" it, so it isnt like there's a sledgehammer or anything.

Monica! Good grief! why did your voice teacher want the ENT to look at your vocal chords? Nodules? Did yo blow your voice out. I'd be traumatized.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006  

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