A Neck Brace Experience


So I hurt my neck a week ago and is was painful to the point that I wanted to scream each time a spasm hit. Note: I only screamed half the time. After the first day the spasms subsided for the most part, provided I didn’t make any sudden movements or do anything strenuous. I didn’t like the pain so I decided days 2 and 3 I would wear a neck brace to limit my movement. I learned a few things….

First, people are not afraid to ask what happened when wearing a neck brace. I could have two black eyes and be bleeding and most people would not say a word, but a neck brace brings “what happened?” Secondly, people are very nice if you are wearing a neck brace. During my two day experience I had someone open a door for me, offer me a seat on the subway and let me go ahead of them in a line. Not just any line, a Duane Reade line! Amazing! New Yorkers can be very kind people…if you are wearing a neck brace.

What I wasn’t ready for though was the question “what happened?” Since nothing really triggered it I was at a loss. I should have had a good comeback. After a little thought I’ve come up with three should this happen again. Note: I really hope this doesn’t happen again.

3. You should see the other guy, he’s in a wheel chair.

I find this one a little weak and also unbelievable, but hey, better than I had even if it would just bring a chuckle.

2. Plane crash

Again, not very believable, but less likely to be questioned.

1. Fell off the stage during my encore

This (in my head) was the winner. Again, maybe next time…


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