Wanted to thank everyone for the encouragement and good advice on this post. As it turned out, the school forbad me to return to work until a doc cleared me and the doc wouldn't clear me until the drain tube was out--all the legality anymore won't even let you be a tough guy! So I sat around and listened to Willie Nelson, the theme from the Magnificent Seven, lots of Johnny Cash and read about Red Pollard to keep my spirits up. I got the tube out yesterday and have been cleared to return to teaching on Monday.
It's funny you mention Poe, Cakemom. I do, in fact, teach some of his poetry and his story "Cask Of Amontillado" in one of my courses!
Fortunately, while the ribs still hurt--it was clean breaks, not just fractures--I have been able to tool back a lot on my pain medication, and I am clear of mind again and while getting the toddler out of bed in the morning involves a "rider up" trick we invented together, I am able to do some light housework and put on a shirt and pants without screaming. The hellish back spasms at night--truly a thing of the ****ed--I would have to scream at my wife to move me, as the pain was literally paralyzing--are gone now. One thing from all this, you learn how precious "normal" is. Thanks again for all the support. I have been getting lots of it from all kinds of directions.