Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul reverted back to his other life as an ophthalmologist to give Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid some advice as he recovers from an eye injury.
According to a Politico report
, Paul — who is eyeing a presidential run in 2016
— has provided Reid with "encouragement and some expert advice" following a freak exercise accident on New Year's Day that left him temporarily blinded in his right eye.
Paul, "who by the way is a medical doctor and ophthalmologist, has been so kind and thoughtful and considerate in visiting with me: giving me encouragement and some expert advice as to what he's seen in the past," Reid said, reports Politico. "And giving me hope for better sight out of my right eye. I really appreciate it very, very much."
The 75-year-old Reid praised Paul's efforts, saying he wants "the people of Kentucky to know how thoughtful, considerate and kind" Paul is.
Reid had surgery on the affected eye and has been wearing tinted and/or fogged glasses for weeks as it heals.
Reid, who suffered broken ribs and broken facial bones in the accident at his Nevada home, described what happened in a January interview with KNPR
, a Nevada radio station:
"Three days a week I have an exercise routine. I do 250 situps, some yoga-type stuff for a little while and then I've been using for the last three or [so] plus years, these bands. I use one that's the second-strongest you can get, it's dark grey.
"Anyway, I do those things hundreds of times, three days a week. I do different routines. And I was almost finished at my new home in Nevada and the band broke and it catapulted me backwards and to one side. I crashed into a series of cabinets we have and fortunately it missed my temple by just a little tiny bit and it hit me in my right eye and it broke a number of bones around my right eye and broke four ribs and a few bruises other places."
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