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A Co-worker's boyfriend, who is a professional photographer broke his back yesterday. Yes, OUCH! He was standing on a ladder to get a different angle on his subject (non-human). Anyway, he mis stepped and fell 15 feet. Luckily he landed on his feet and then rolled. Unluckily he landed just right to compress his spine. So he was alone in his studio. He drug himself 50 feet or so outside, pulled himself into his car and drove to a local hospital. Then the adrenalin wore off of course and he was in very bad pain. The X-rays indicated that there was 80% compression of the spine. No paralysis at this time but he's scheduled to be operated on tomorrow. The co-worker is a mess of course and she's been in and out of here since yesterday. I just finished doing a batch of her work for her so she won't get slammed with it when she comes back. Damn, freelance photography isn't supposed to be so dangerous.

Wander

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crisis_averted
Sep. 28th, 2005 03:23 am (UTC)
Holy crap! I can't believe he was able to drag himself that far and drive. Hope he feels better. How long does something like that take to heal?
wander
Sep. 28th, 2005 03:23 pm (UTC)
Several weeks I'd imagine which is bad for him since all he does is photography. I broke my neck bck in 90-91 and it took me 6 months before I was back to near full range of motion.

Wander
virga_flame
Sep. 28th, 2005 04:19 am (UTC)
Reminds me of a story about Buster Keaton. Apparently, he was on set one time and things went badly on one of the stunts. After a short break, he was still sore but did a retake anyway, with much better results. When, a couple days later, he was still feeling stiff and sore, he finally went to get medical attention.

The doctor examined the x-ray images and told him he'd broken his neck...
     ...and, much to Keaton's bewilderment, asked how he'd broken his neck the first time.

I'm pretty damned tough, but I highly doubt I could crawl to the car and drive myself to the hospital with a broken back. Definitely some iron, there. Hope the poor guy's okay and there's no permanent damage.

*Meanders off to find himself a new dream career*
wander
Sep. 28th, 2005 03:55 pm (UTC)
It's one of those "I hate to say I told him so" kind of things but I actually did question him on several occasions about the climbing up on the ladder thing. But of course it's one of those things we all have that we do and don't think twice about it until something happens. As I mentioned in the previous comments, I broke my neck in a car accident and I drove myself to the hospital as well but after that adrenalin subsides, that's when you feel it. The X ray guy told me I should have been dead. There was no way I should have been able to get out of my van, talk to the cops for 20 minutes and then drive myself to the hospital. You get lucky sometimes I guess. I wonder if Kevin will be climbing up on ladders again soon?

W
aronal
Sep. 28th, 2005 01:56 pm (UTC)
Free lance? I hope he had insurance.
wander
Sep. 28th, 2005 03:56 pm (UTC)
I think he does. Pretty sure he does. He's been doing this for several years and it's his main gig. I'd think he'd have to have liability insurance on the studio if nothing else because he does do model shoots.

W
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