This informational excerpt from some medical journal (or not) is designed to help you identify a klutz and prepare for the inevitable consequences of encountering one. You may, unknowingly, be living with one at this very time, or perhaps you know one without knowing it, you know? Or, maybe you do know and you’re just in denial. This article is for you because contrary to common belief, klutzes can be easily identified with keen powers of observation.
If you suspect but are uncertain that a specific person is a klutz, use common sense in approaching the subject. Observe the setting, first. Is there a knife or any other potentially dangerous
weapon object in subject’s hand? If yes, turn and run. If no, proceed to approach carefully.
Next, do not bluntly ask the person if s/he is a klutz. Klutzes are (or should be) among those specifically protected from discrimination and harassment. A direct question could cause an unexpected answer. Klutzes can be easily inflamed, resulting in wounded feelings (yours) and appendages (probably yours, too).
Lastly, remember that observation (sometimes from a distance) and preparation are key. Take your time. Observe quietly and frequently. Remain calm and vigilant. Be prepared.
Let us share some observations and assessments from the case file of 60ish female EKB, identified klutz. (Names have been changed to protect the afflicted).
#1 The first sign of a true klutz: denial
EKB can’t remember a time that she didn’t have scars, scabs or wounds. According to her these imperfections are completely out of her control.
EKB has a scar acquired at camp when she was nine. Her story is that a tent’s wooden cross bar jumped out at her to leave a gash on her shin. Her tent mates then fell on top of her to guarantee easy access for the camp’s dirt and germs to penetrate, subsequently leading to a case of blood poisoning. EKB states that the tent, her fellow campers, camp dirt and germs are completely responsible. Facts are inconclusive, but tend not to support her claims.
#2 The second sign of a true klutz: unable to visualize consequences
While carving a pumpkin when she was 19, EKB says she stretched her left hand across the top of said pumpkin to hold it steady and began to carve around the top in a circular motion with her right hand, intending to remove it so as to insert a candle. Said incident resulted in a deep slice between her thumb and index finger, nearly removing her thumb and an emergency room visit where EKB reportedly fainted and reflexively kicked the surgeon stitching her hand.
In each situation (cutting and stitching), EKB was clearly unable to see the big picture: (a) knives are sharp and cut easily, with the potential to cut things not intended to be cut, and should be used with caution; (b) blood, stitches and a bright emergency room lights can cause fainting and thus, reflexive movement.
EKB states that she did not think the knife would cut so easily and suggests that her mother and the surgeon were at fault (see #1). Further investigation uncovered similar holiday incidents (including food poisoning after eating mayonnaise from a non-functioning refrigerator and scorched phalanges from July 4th fireworks) which indicates subject is incapable of clearly visualizing possible consequences.
#3 The third sign of a true klutz: inattention and . . . uh, what were we talking about?
In her mid-40s, EKB fell upstairs in her new home, broke a toe and bonked her head on the banister several times as she rolled to the bottom of the staircase.Facts were provided by her husband who witnessed the event as EKB stated she was unable to remember anything about the event.
During a later interview with she and her husband, EKB left the room for a glass of water, running into the coffee table on the way out of the room and running her arm into the door jam on her return. Her husband said these are regular occurrences. EKB claims her husband (and neighbors, friends or poltergeists) must move the furniture just to give her bruises. And, possibly the stairs, too (see #1, again). Further investigation indicates that EKB tends to hurry and lack focus.
Preparation is key: Helpful hints for the friends and family of a known klutz
This is valuable advice in general, as well, since one never knows where and when they might happen upon a klutz in need.
Know the location of the nearest ER; confirm that the klutz’s medical insurance is current; refrain from moving furniture unnecessarily; keep an enormous wound-repair-kit, i.e., lots of bandages, large gauze pads, Neosporin, antiseptic wipes, ice bags; and keep your First Aid and CPR training current.
Be prepared and, in the words of the infamous Mad Eye Moody, “Constant vigilance!”
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- 14 May 2012: Grobmotoriker (thegermanprojectpart2.wordpress.com)