Dr. Marc Siegel sat down with Senator Rand Paul this week and they discussed what happened when Rand was attacked at his home in Kentucky. Dr. Siegel reports:
The senator explained to me the nature of his injury.-RW
“It happened on impact, it was either the initial impact, it was like a spearing injury like the NFL made illegal – to spear people from behind,” Paul said. “Basically, I was completely
unaware he was running full speed downhill.”
Paul continued: “You can run pretty fast down a hill. He speared me in the back, and they either are broken (ribs) then or as I hit the ground, his shoulder probably plowed into me as I hit the ground. But it was on impact, the initial impact, or as we probably went through the air 10 to 12 feet, and then hit the ground again and so it happened with the initial impact, but it was from the force of his head and shoulders sort of spearing me in the back.”
Why did it happen?
I asked Paul if he knew what was going on in his neighbor’s mind. He replied: “I didn’t before the attack because we had no conversation. After my ribs were broken, then he said things to me to try to indicate why he was unhappy.”
Paul added: “It isn’t so important, if someone mugs you, is it really justified for any reason?”
There has been speculation, Paul said, that he was attacked in a dispute over yard clippings, but he dismissed that. Paul said he doesn’t know if the attack was motivated by hatred of President Trump, hatred of the senator, or because the attacker was angry at the senator for opposing ObamaCare. Or, maybe, there was something about the yard that motivated him.
“You don’t really know what’s in someone’s mind,” Paul said. “It may have some relevance, but for the most part the real question should be: are you allowed to attack someone from behind in their yard when they are out mowing their grass? Even if you dislike something about their yard? So I guess in my mind, I don’t really care what his motives are, other than it’s cowardly and it’s criminal to attack someone from behind in their yard.”
How badly was he hurt?
“I initially didn’t know how badly I was hurt,” Paul said. “I knew that it hurt to breathe and I was breathing very shallowly and I thought I probably had broken some ribs but I didn’t know how bad it was going to be. So I was short of breath and every breath was painful.”
Paul added: “I knew I couldn’t lift my hands over my head to take my shirt off, and so I knew something had happened. I didn’t know how bad it was until the X-rays came back. It was also one of those things where the initial pain, the initial shortness of breath, wasn’t the full extent of the injury.”
“It got worse over about a 20-day period,” Paul told me, “so it became more and more difficult to be able to breathe in and out in a fashion without the bruising to my lungs … it was sort of a spasmodic breathing for about 20 days. But it made it sort of at this point where you felt like, ‘am I able to get enough oxygen in?’ Because not only the pain, but sort of the spasm of that, and after about 15 to 18 days, then the lung became infected because it had collapsed in an area.”
What happened with the pneumonia?
Paul returned to the Senate less than two weeks after the incident to help with President Trump’s tax reform plan. He describes miserable nights with fevers and night sweats, but decided to push through.
However on the plane ride home, while on ibuprofen, his fever hit 102.6 and he says he realized it was time to get treatment. Paul says he got pneumonia in the area with the bruising of the lung, but is now on the mend.
The senator said he is not taking any opioids. “I can tolerate a lot of pain,” Paul said,“ and ibuprofen does help with a lot of things. I decided early on there are side effects from narcotics.” Paul is not against people taking pain medication, but says ibuprofen was enough to control his pain.
How long to completely heal?
“I’m still in pain, every time I breathe I can feel pain but it is not like a knife sticking in me like it was in the first three weeks,” Paul said. He estimates he will need six to eight weeks to heal and is hopeful his ribs will be strong enough to go back to normal activities without fear that he will break his ribs again.
The case against Rene Boucher, the man accused attacking Senator Rand Paul, has been delayed.
Senator Paul was attacked Nov. 3 while mowing his lawn. Police charged Boucher with misdemeanor assault. Boucher pleaded not guilty.
Boucher had been scheduled to have a pretrial conference Thursday in Warren District Court. However, the court now says the case has been delayed to Dec. 19 at 1:30 p.m. Central Time.