So I was working overnight Saturday to Sunday and around 1 am the ambulance and police (never a good sign when they're together) come with with a guy and his heavily bandaged head. There were a few different versions of the story depending on who you asked but the final synthesis seems to be this.
He was in a bar drinking heavily when he decided to sweet talk a girl next to him. In response the girl pulled out some pepper spray and let fly in his face. Then her boyfriend, to add injury to insult, pulled out some kind of axe and whacked him across the forehead leaving him with as deep a gash as one can without actually penetrating the skull. Naturally arteries were involved so there was blood spritzing everywhere while I was suturing him up but I just couldn't get it out of mind afterwards.
I mean, I can understand the pepper spray. A girl has to watch out for herself, after all. I can understand the boyfriend who feels the need to be violent in order to protect a threat to his relationship. After all, this was probably one of the seedier bars in town and lots of alcohol had been consumed by all involved. I can even understand the guy's wife who told him "Oh just stay at your friend's place andcome home in the morning when you're sobre."
But an axe?!
Who takes an axe to a night out on the town? Even a knife I could understand. One reads about knife fights all the time, never mind guns. But an axe? For what? In case the bar's cold and you need to chop wood to make a fire to heat it up? What on earth was that doing there?