He was putting up lights in his home and slipped off the ladder. A shame, but no BIG deal, right?? Except that he's deaf, and the's the ESL teacher. I'm sincerely hoping that either it's not the hand he uses to sign (his left I presume??) or that he's somehow about to use the other hand. Otherwise, forget about teaching, he's going to have trouble communicating. It's like me having laryngitis for 6 weeks, or however long it takes to heal.