Down, down, down we go…

This is mainly an update on why I may not be posting an entry here in the next week or so. I am trying to heal.

I had an “incident” yesterday. It was raining all day and after the mailman came with the mail, I was going to go get it. That trip for me is always very slow and careful as I have to go down about 10 outside wooden stairs on the deck to the driveway and down the sloping long driveway to the mailbox. The walk/hobble back up the driveway is even harder with my wonky hips/legs. So yesterday I went out (it’s actually been fairly warm here for December) and I very carefully went down each step, holding onto the railing, very slowly until I stepped on one step and whoop! my shoes slid right off the wet step and down I went the rest of the way to the hot top surface at the bottom.

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The stairs I fell down

The flying trip down to the bottom is a blur but when I hit, my right leg was bent under me and the full force of my body weight just bent it all the way back which for me isn’t a good thing. That is the knee that I injured (in this same fashion) several years ago and an MRI showed end-stage osteoarthritis. I could feel this horrid feeling, nothing “broke” but I wasn’t sure how I’d bent my leg. My right foot also was bent in a weird way and now hurts like hell. My right knee is very swollen, more so than usual, and my thigh muscle was pulled severely so none of those parts of my leg are working now.

Of course, hitting the pavement like that made my spinal problems worse, I have sciatica going from my lumbar spine over across to my left hip and down my left leg. That’s my normal condition. Now that whole condition is twice as bad as it used to be.

There I was, sitting on my butt in the wet hottop getting soaked. I never did get the mail. Paul was up in his bedroom, of course, with all the windows shut. I wasn’t sure if I’d broken my leg(s). Every inch of me hurt and so I screamed up to his window on the 2nd floor but to no avail.

The dogs were looking out the back door at me sitting there screaming for Paul. It seemed that no one was home in the neighborhood, also.

So, if I was going to be rescued, I’d need to get myself back up those stairs to the door. I lifted myself up onto the first step with my arms and up each step, sitting on each step, til I was at the top. I got into the doorway and rang the loud bell and screamed for Paul and he finally came down.

I was in shock I think because I could not really feel “pain” then, but every muscle in my lower body was quite stiff already. I could stand and shuffle so no bones were broken. I put ice on my foot/ankle and knee/thigh for about 30 minutes and just spent the rest of the day in my chair.

Last night was long with no sleep. No positions were painfree. At 5 a.m. I had to get out of that bed and down into my chair so it took Paul and me about 30 minutes to accomplish that and to get me dressed. It’s like I have no muscles in my legs. I can barely get myself to a standing position but moving forward is almost impossible. I am using my office chair (on wheels) to scoot around downstairs. I ordered a walker with 2 wheels and 2 feet online that should arrive today or tomorrow (probably tomorrow).

Luckily Paul was going to be off from fishing because we have more rain here now. I don’t know if he’ll go out tomorrow which is supposed to be the only good day this week.

I hit the pavement so hard that it jarred all my joints, and my arms and shoulders are very sore, too. And if you think of telling me to seek medical help, I have no medical insurance (thanks to Mitt-Witt) until I turn 65 next April when I will be covered by Medicare. So forget that. I know nothing is broken. It’s all stuff that hopefully will heal with time. I did almost this exact kind of fall before, like I said, and it took a long time to heal but eventually it did, for the most part. I never thought I’d say it but my condition before this fall was heaven compared to THIS!

So, that’s it for me for the near future. I’ve got my laptop and my TV and Paul most days here. My walker should be coming soon. I just wish the ibuprofen I swallowed earlier this morning would kick in now…

Cheers,

Bex

“The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog…

He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer; he will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounter with the roughness of the world…

When all other friends desert, he remains.”

~ George V. Vest ~

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23 Responses to Down, down, down we go…

  1. Nina Camic says:

    Hi Bex! It’s past midnight so I can say — Merry Christmas Eve! Seriously — I hope your holidays are fine despite it all! Are you able to cook? Bake? Have something yummy delivered? Wish I could help you out some in these more stressful days…

    xxN

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  2. Crone Sue says:

    I keep my cell phone in a small plastic baggie in my pants pocket at all times. I have an address label on my cane, and when the distance or terrain call for it I use two canes.

    I hope I never need to have taken these precautions.

    (The plastic baggie is because Louisiana has a wet climate.)

    May youo have a rapid healing.

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  3. Bex says:

    Thanks Neva. I have no idea about a scheme like that but I also do not have the appetite for all that red tape it would involve. I am healing slowly. And waiting until next spring before I even think about seeing a medical person.

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  4. Neva Williams says:

    Oh Bex! … I’m sorry this has happened to you. My daughter was telling me that here in Arizona, if you don’t have insurance, you can apply for emergency Ahcccs, which is Arizona’s form of Medicaid. Does Massachusetts have anything like that — for emergencies?

    I’m keeping you in my prayers, Bex.

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  5. Reenie says:

    Your mishap is so dreadful and so unfair and I am so sorry it happened. 😦 xoxo

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  6. Nina Camic says:

    Oh Bex! You poor dear! The only bright side is that it could have been worse, but that’s a dumb bright side because it also could have been better!

    Sending you hugs and wishes for a more comfortable holiday!

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  7. Michael says:

    Egad! I’m so sorry this happened to you, Bex. Feel better soon.

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  8. Carol says:

    Hope you feel better soon. Falls at our age are bad.

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  9. mz. em says:

    Wow, what an adventure for you and not a fun one either. Thank heavens Paul was home. Stay comfy, cold and heat and your comfy chair. Be well soon.

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  10. Betty Lou says:

    Oh, Bex, I am so sorry about your fall….I know what it is to fall & not be able to get back up since I broke my hip in 2010. I am still, and always will, have the effects of that fall. I am so glad that you did not break a bone, but I know how much you are hurting. I will pray that you will heal fast.

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  11. TopsyTurvy says:

    Ouch! As someone who has taken a fall like that, actually broken both ankles at the same time, and then also pulled myself along as I was alone and had no other choice – I’m so glad that you were able to get help and are now more comfortable (at least than being out in the rain and scared to death).

    I hope that all the swelling and pain goes down very soon and you’ll get back at least to where you were before.

    Sounds like Paul has a chore to take care of: putting non-slip sandpaper type strips on all your wooden stairs, both for you and for him.

    *many gentle hugs*

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  12. crochetlady says:

    Sorry to hear about your fall. Here are somr hugs for you. I hope you have your needlework close by, it will help pass the time. Hugs.

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  13. Eric Mayer says:

    Sorry to hear about your accident. Wet wood can be treacherous. Even worse though that you have no medical insurance. Lack of medical care is just another shameful and inexplicable stain this country tolerates, like refusal to murders perpetrated with uncontrolled guns. Well, millions go without medical care, kids are slaughtered at school, ain’t freedom great?

    I am surprised though in that I thought you were in the one state where someone in your position would have medical care via Romneycare.

    Paul, I gather, is self-employed and of course it is practically impossible to maintain health insurance for the self-employed. I’ve always found it kind of funny that a country that espouses entrepreneurship should so penalize entrepreneurs.

    I hope you heal and are able to get through to April. Heck, for us older folks Medicare eligibility is kind of the last Christmas.

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  14. ~ Sil in Corea says:

    Oh, ouch-ouch-ouch!!! I’m so sad to hear you’re hurting. Here’s hoping you heal soon.
    I’m so scared of slipping and falling on the outside stairs,- just creep down, clinging to the rail when it is icy or wet.

    Lots of love to you, Paul, and the furkids.

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  15. Wishing you a comfortable and speedy recovery!

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  16. Sandy from Iowa says:

    healing prayers your way.
    Yes Paul is now your caregiver…he better take good care of you !
    Bummer about no med care for you till april.

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  17. l'empress says:

    What a bummer! I am glad that at least you have the situation in hand and no bones are broken.

    {{{All my best wishes that you feel better soon.}}}

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  18. Anna says:

    So sorry to hear this, Bex and frankly astonished that you are entitled to zero medical attention. All the best to you xxxxx

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  19. Bex says:

    Thanks guys. I’m starting to think that being a fat person has it’s benefits, like the “bounce” factor when you fall down a flight stairs! I’ve fallen down stairs many times in the last couple of decades and have never broken a bone yet (touch wood).

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  20. Jim says:

    Sorry about your fall. That sounds both painful and extremely frightening. I hope healing and recovery will be as fast as possible.

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  21. So sorry to hear this, but I am really glad that you didn’t break you neck or anything major.
    I’ve found that Naprosen Sodium works best on pain for me… Aleive, I think it’s called brand name.
    I wish you a speedy recovery!

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  22. Bex says:

    Thanks, Wendy. Paul said earlier after we had gotten me dressed and in a chair that we should look on the bright side of this. I said “Is there a bright side???” He said, yes, now I am officially your caregiver, like the ones his parents had 24/7, and they go for $25/hour! I told him that I would get right on the computer/printer printing up some fake money for him!

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  23. WendyNC says:

    So sorry to read that this happened to you. Wishing you the best for good healing.

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