Ribs are tricky because they can't be immobilized. They move with every breath, so bed rest / recliner time is the best medicine (with pain killers). Displaced ribs are even trickier...here's hoping he has a high pain tolerance, simple tasks (bath-rooming, dressing, hygiene) become harrowing and exhausting experiences. Great pain makes one a fall risk and having weak ribs makes the consequences of a fall potentially fatal. (insert inappropriate Rock Ribbed Republican joke)
Takes weeks to recover. He's a spring chicken in terms of the US Senate...but he's creeping up on 55, so his recovery time is prolonged.
Sen. Rand Paul
faces the possibility of an extended absence from the Senate as he recovers from serious injuries that he suffered on Friday after police said he was attacked at his Kentucky home.
In a statement, Mr. Paul’s chief political strategist, Doug Stafford, revealed that the second-term Republican had five rib fractures including three displaced fractures, in which a bone separated into pieces and went out of alignment from its typical position. The senator is also suffering from lung contusions, Mr. Stafford said.
Mr. Stafford said such injuries are “also accompanied by severe pain that can last weeks to months” and could affect Mr. Paul’s ability to return to Washington for Senate duties.
Don't count on him for a tax policy vote before Thanksgiving...or much of anything...media appearances will be null (or fewer)...
“A free people claim their rights, as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate.”
-Thomas Jefferson, 1774
Tweed Ring: "...we should have all done more to elected Republicans..." Agreed