I’ll write about the events leading up to this situation when I get to Saturday’s rundown of Boomershoot (which will have to wait until this evening). Some of you already know. Others are probably like, “Uh…how the hell did she do that?” Well, I didn’t do it entirely alone, but like I said – I’ll let you know the whole story later.
The point right now is to let everyone know that “broken” doesn’t mean “smashed and bloody”.
In fact, the only reason I know it’s broken is because I moved the skin around and compressed the area of impact a few times to make sure the pain wasn’t just in the skin (i.e. just a bruise). The point of impact feels just as horrible as it did right after I got smacked in the face. The rest of my nose is like, “meh” already.
I took this photo on Saturday night, before going to the Boomershoot banquet:
Seriously, it looks like nothing. Yeah, the bridge of my nose is swollen. That little red dot is the point of impact, where I bled just a bit before my body decided that it was too cold to waste precious blood on an injury. If you know me, and you’ve been looking at me a while, you can see that something is…off about my nose. Otherwise? So not a big deal.
Sunday morning, on the way to Spokane, here’s what it looked like (also, this was taken with my cell phone):
That’s not bruising around my eyes, by the way – they always look like that when I’m tired. Which means they pretty much always look like that. The nose, though – the bruise is coming out, and by this point, my nose felt about 100 times worse than it did the day before. That dark spot toward the end of my nose is bruising that moved from the bridge while I was asleep. Still not a horrible injury. I’ve seen (and had) worse. I only have a bridge on my nose because I ran face-first into a window when I was 18 (that’s a fun story…and this one isn’t nearly as embarrassing). I have a deviated septum because six months before THAT nose-break, I came up too quickly out of a pool and smacked the bottom center of my nose into a water slide. Before my nose fully healed from that, I could push it to the side and it would stay there.
Right now, the key feature on my nose is what I call a “cartilage bubble” – it’s a pocket of fluid that came up after things were jostled around, and it looks like a pimple or cyst. It’s dying down, though, so no biggie. My nose feels “stiff”, and I keep getting weird tension pain on the bridge of my nose radiating across my eyes, but overall, if I was going to break something while I was out in the middle of BFE, Idaho, this was ideal. Clean, small, and minimally-inhibitive.
No, I’m not posting current photos. There’s nothing else to see.
So there you have it. I went to Boomershoot and get the worst injury there on my first trip. And I still managed to have a good time.