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Friday, February 1, 2008

the sound of one hand typing


last evening we came home from grocery shopping at twilight and i decided to fill the empty bird feeders for the morning rush. as i hurried thru the herb garden i stubbed my toe and flew thru the air to land left hand first and then flat on my face in the dirt a foot from the concrete carport floor. due to arthritis in feet, knees, and hands i can't get myself up from this position. i was able to call joe and he called the emts who got me back on my feet.


they checked my face, hips, legs and especially my left hand which was kind of sore. nothing seemed to be broken so i signed the paper that i did not choose to be transported to the hospital and put an ice pack on my wrist and hand. by the time i went to bed it was hurting more and my ring finger was swollen too much to remove my rings. the tip looked like a large purple grape.


this morning i couldn't use that hand without pain so joe drove mr to the er. it was very busy so it took about 3 hours to be examined, have x-rays done. doc said i was lucky that i had no broken bones, just painful wrist and finger sprains. they put on a splint and a sling and told me to keep it higher than my heart to keep down swelling so i didn't have to have my rings cut off.


i got an rx for tylenol with codeine with instructions to recline and not try to do anything for a few days. mandy and joe are taking good care of me. i also had to have my glasses rebuilt from the pretzel shape the fall caused. i'm also pleased to report that ursula oxygen survived the fall and is still pulsing.


so all my plans for doing more work at my mom's house in fowler this weekend, getting more blocks sewn, and starting to exercise 3 times a week at curves again, are at a standstill.

"life is what happens to us while we are busy making plans."


you have no idea how exhausting it is to type one handed. i feel about the way i look in the self portrait. how am i going to get my clothes off over that splint?

13 comments:

Kay said...

Oh, ouch! I winced as I read this. What a shame. Take lots of tylenol, find something good to read or watch, and feel better soon.

Debra Spincic said...

I guess you could just sleep in them!

See -- all along you knew the answer to why your ankles were swelling--they weren't above your heart. I guess it's time to get those ole legs up in the air!

Rian said...

Well, that really puts that "Life is what happens to us..." quote into perspective!

Poor baby, sprains hurt just as much as broken bones and take about as long to heal. Send Joe out to Blockbuster and stock up on some comedies. Hang in there, and keep that sense of humor.

Deborah said...

Yikes. My mother did that one time -- stepped off my front steps & went flying into the air. She was pretty bummed up so I can only imagine how sore you must be. Take care, and heal fast!

Granny Lyn said...

oochie-wow-wow!!!

I have not yet (knocking on wood) sprained anything, and can only imagine the pain!
I have just gotten caught up with your blog, and am entertained immensley!
thank you
lyn

Quiltnbee said...

Ohhhhhhhh Fraaaaaaaaaaaaaann! Gee, let those guys take care of you (sounds like they are doing a great job), and you rest, relax, and catch up on some reading and-or movies...Yikes...=-(

Suze said...

oh my Fran...ouch, ouch, ouch!!!
I think you'll have to have Joe help you with the clothes...or sleep in them, as Debra said...
Take it easy and rest up...

DubiQuilts - Debbi said...

Hope you are feeling better today!! Take care of yourself and let others help you!

Kim said...

Oh. Ow. Take care of you!

jenclair said...

Oh, dear! I know you hate being sidelined this way, but Mandy and Joe take care of you and don't rush yourself!

Barbara C said...

I hope you have a speedy recovery. Take it easy and keep the ice packs coming.

diva of quilts said...

Take care of yourself! Wishing you a smooth and quick recovery.
laura

Vivian Love said...

So sorry. You take care of yourself and rest up.