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Nov 5 / Geoffrey Nathan

Don’t walk while texting (or emailing or browsing…)

On Thursday October 25 I was walking across campus, around 1:30, heading towards a meeting and trying to deal with an issue with a recent travel request. While attempting to look up a phone number on my smartphone I tripped over the edge of a small platform and landed on my knees while my head hid a planter with a pebbly surface:

Planter under Prentis BuildingAs you might imagine, this did considerable damage to my face, and attracted a crowd. Some wonderful people from the Rec Center came with a first-aid kit and cleaned up most of the blood, but decided to call an ambulance, as this was potentially a closed-head brain injury. Never got a chance to get their names, but within five minutes an ambulance came and transported me to the Emergency Room in Receiving Hospital. I spent about four hours there, and, after a CAT scan it was decided that nothing was broken, but I was told to have someone watch me overnight and wake me every two hours to make sure I wasn’t experiencing post-traumatic brain swelling.

In the end, I was very lucky, and got off with a bad scrape on my forehead:

Abraded face


I took this picture with the offending instrument immediately after I was discharged from the hospital, and was waiting to be driven back to my car. I look much better here than I did the next morning, when my right eye was completely swollen shut and I was developing a ‘sympathetic’ black eye on the left side as well.

Almost all the ‘blackening’ is now gone, and there are only scabs and scars left, as of today. But the ‘take-home’ is very simply–don’t text and walk. It’s dangerous. I could have been badly hurt, not just ‘defaced’.

End of lesson for today.


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  1. Jenn / Nov 5 2012

    Oh my goodness, that looks bad! Sorry to hear about your “accident” but thank you for sharing. Hope others learn a lesson from you. I know I did.

  2. S ALI / Nov 5 2012

    Geoffrey – wishing you all the best with your recovery…

  3. Doug Whitman / Nov 5 2012

    I applaud your honesty. I would have made up another story, perhaps involving my rushing to rescue a puppy about to be run over.

  4. Julie ThompsonKlein / Nov 6 2012

    I too applaud your “confession,” Geoff, while being relieved you are ok. Texting, emailing, and browsing while walking and driving are both hazardous.

  5. Barb / Nov 6 2012

    Wow. It looks like you took quite a tumble. I hope your are recovering quickly. Good advice to all.

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