Friday, June 24, 2011

In An Instant

Things can change in an instant.  For some it can be as dramatic and life changing as a tornado that destroys your home or worse, takes the life of a family member.  Or it could be a winning lottery ticket…
In my case I was walking home from work 3 weeks ago after a freak hail storm in our area.  I rounded the corner to my street and was probably 30 steps from the yard when my left foot hit a patch of mud that was on the sloped side of the sidewalk.  My left foot went out in front while my right foot stayed right under me as I went down.  I could hear crunching as I landed in the mud. 
It’s interesting to me that the first thing that popped into my head was I wondered if anyone saw me fall.  How silly is that?  I managed to stand, took two steps and at that point I realized that was hurt.  I could feel my foot and ankle swelling. I started hobbling towards the house and ended up hopping the last few steps.
I called my ds16 to see if he was inside..of course, he was at the library. He hopped on his bike and headed home. I called dh and he headed home. 
After maneuvering up the steps to get inside and slipping out of my mud covered clothes I slid my shoe and sock off to survey the damage.  Wow! My ankle looked like a tennis ball was under the skin.  This was bad.  Got on the phone to the doctor and was told to get to the emergency room.  Three hours later I was headed home with a temporary cast up to my knee, heavy duty pain meds and the news that I had fractured the tibia on my right leg where it connects the back part of my foot and a broken ankle.
I will be in a cast for the next 5 weeks. So much for the exercise/losing weight plans I had made for the summer….