Thursday, May 17, 2018

This Just in from the I Really Did Know Better Department....

It was a good plan while it lasted. I was going to do regular blog posts. I have three blogs, soon five. Post once a week on each one. Build a following (maybe). Have some fun with it. Write without having to market my stuff other than making a fool of myself on social media (that part's easy--I have years of experience!).

Last week was crazy, one thing after another going wrong, but it ended on a high note--or so I thought. It was Mother's Day. Collin had to work, but he took me out to dinner afterward. We came home with enough leftover food for lunch the next day--any day I don't have to cook is a good day.


Then Wile E. Coyote stepped off the cliff (Wile E. being me).

I took my first fall indoors at 3am. I've fallen outdoors before, but never indoors. I used to make fun of those "I've fallen and I can't get up" TV commercials. That's a mistake I will never, ever make again. It's a lot easier to fall in the "safety" of one's own home than I would have imagined.

I got up to make a short trip to the bathroom. No big deal--or so I thought. As I was about to get back into bed, I saw a bug crawling across the floor--a really big bug. If bugs were vehicles, this one would have been a party bus! It was just one bug, not an infestation or anything like that--but to me, one bug is one too many.

I wasn't going back to bed until that monster was dead. I tried to stomp on it. Apparently, he was new to the neighborhood, not so weak from starvation that he couldn't get away. He ran, trying to take cover under my backpack. I pulled the backpack aside and took another shot at him. This time, he was squished.

End of story? I wish. I lost my balance, spun around, and went crashing to the floor. Thankfully, the table is on casters, or I could have been in really big trouble. As I hit it, it rolled out of the way.

But I couldn't get up. I needed both arms for that, and my left arm was in a lot of pain (I'm fairly certain it's not broken, but it sure does hurt). I called out to Collin, not sure he'd hear me--he can sleep through anything. He once slept through an explosion, after all. But that's a story for another time.

He did hear me, but getting me back on my feet was not easy. It looked like one of those videos of groups of people trying to get whales and dolphins back into the ocean. He couldn't lift under my arms, because every time he went near the left arm, I'd howl with pain. He finally figured it out and I got back into bed.

Tomorrow, I have to see the orthopedic surgeon. I suspect a rotator cuff injury, which I hope just means a cortisone injection and some exercises to regain full range of movement. Currently, I have limited use of my arm and some residual pain in spite of the fact that I've done virtually nothing since this happened. 

First, I'll catch up on reading and commenting on the blogs I follow, including Collin's new solo blog, Let's Talk About..... Next week, I'll be posting at my other four blogs again. A big thank you to everyone who's already checked out Riding out the Storm and An Army of Angels!


12 comments:

  1. I'm glad you are going to the professional. I'm hoping what you are saying will be sufficient, but I have known people that needed an operation to correct the rotary cuff. Of course, that was years ago. The treatment has probably changed.

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    1. No, they still do surgery in some cases. I'm hoping to not be one of them.

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  2. BUGS ! what can you do ?
    Sorry to hear you fell and are in pain. I hope it is not something bad.You need to rest that arm and take care.

    iwinstson woofs hello.
    cheers, parsnip

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    1. It's shown some improvement in the past few days...but not enough, unfortunately. I wear T-shirts most of the time, so getting dressed in the morning can be tricky!

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  3. Still ouch! I hope the doctor gives you solid answers about the whole thing.

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    1. He will. He's treated both Collin and me, so we know what to expect from him.

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  4. Oh my gosh Norma! That's dreadful. Apart from the pain it gives the body such a shock when we fall. Thank heavens Collin is there with you.. it must be horrible if it happens to people who live on their own. You take care and let us know how everything goes.. hugs from Perth ✨

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    1. I can't imagine what it would be like for anyone living alone.

      The doctor says I tore my rotator cuff. To what degree, we don't know yet. I have another appointment and possibly an MRI for a better look at the rotator.

      Thanks for the hugs!

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  5. I haven't fallen yet. I fainted once a long time ago. That was no fun. I found myself looking up at the underside of the kitchen table in the middle of the night.
    Hope you are feeling better and doctor gave you something for the pain.

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    1. My mom had a fainting spell like that once. It turned out to be an inner ear problem.

      I've got something for the pain, but I try not to take it. Those meds carry a stroke risk, and I've already had one microstroke.

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  6. Wow. That was quite a day. Please watch out. You can tell us about Collin sleeping through the explosion while recuperating.😎🌻

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  7. I hope you're arm is better! Shoulders are so easy to injure after age 40. I'm such a wimp; I would have called my son to kill the bug. Big ones like that freak me out!

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