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Don’t Read This if You’re Squeamish About Blood and Head Wounds

One of my readers told me this true story. It was a Thursday like any other and the main characters in this tale, let’s call them John and Jane, were pottering about their home.  The retired couple, although in their early 80s, are fit and healthy and relish staying active, so it was not unusual for them to be up at the break of day.  It was unusual, however, when John came back from collecting the newspaper calling Jane’s name with a blood-soaked handkerchief held to his head. “I’ve had a dreadful accident,” he said. When John lost his footing, his cranium made contact with a terracotta pot, lacerating his temple artery and causing a jagged gash to his crown.  The blood flow would not be stemmed, so their son rushed the couple to the hospital’s emergency section for some stitches and a check over (before proceeding to take photos on his iPhone and sending the grisly shots to his siblings, I might add!). They were home by 10am and Jane picked up an Australia …