Last week I took a tumble in my driveway, on the eve of my birthday if you don’t mind, and I landed on my face, left boob and left hand. My hand seems to have taken the brunt of my not inconsiderable heft, and a week later it is still mostly useless.
This has been a painful, and frustrating week. I hitched a ride (with my dad – don’t worry) to the local emergency room on Thursday last week to get an x-ray, and am very relieved no bones are broken. The bruising is quite something – I’ve been posting photos on Instagram for your enjoyment/revulsion, depending on your personality type.
Surprisingly, aside from not being able to dress easily, sleep easily, cook, drive or any of those things we take for granted, I have really missed the ease of sitting down at my computer and blogging. This post is taking ages to type with just one finger – for a professional administrator, it’s like the world has gone from electric power to rubbing sticks together.
I guess the healing is taking the time it needs, which is fine, but even for someone as laid back as me, I have found the limitations that tripping on my driveway’s cracked concrete have caused to be a real bummer.
But there are things to discover! And to share… here are just a few examples:
It’s really hard to make toast with one hand!
It is surprisingly hard to do the dishes with one hand – they slip about and I found getting the dried Thai sauce off bowls very tricky.
It’s not too hard to fold toilet paper one handed – phew.
It is annoying to need to call on people for simple things. Luckily for me, my family is nearby. If they weren’t I’d be stuffed.
Feeling truly vulnerable, as I did while sprawled in my driveway post-tumble, sobbing, in pain, in the dark, and calling out for help – well, that’s really awful.
I’m sure I’ll come good relatively soon, I hope my forehead scrapes won’t scar, and then I’ll have no excuse for not doing the vacuuming, but this past week hasn’t been the best start to a new age for me.
I’m glad to have managed this post, strangely it makes me feel a little less isolated.
Stay safe, and remember – don’t put the bins out after dark! Or if you do, take your phone, a small First Aid kit and a torch!