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How Not to End the Year - Maybe

Posted 12-29-2008 at 11:59 AM by ostarella
Updated 12-29-2008 at 08:58 PM by ostarella
Maybe this is a good thing. I mean, it happened at the *end* of the year, not the beginning.

At work this morning, I was flying along - the equipment was actually working the way it's supposed to, the machines were coming down the line at just the right pace, I was getting so much done so quickly and easily - and then disaster.

Hopping up to the track (a little over knee-high from the floor), I missed my step and fell onto the track. Landed on my left hand (hard) and my right knee (harder). Grumbling - okay, swearing a blue streak - I dusted myself off and climbed carefully back up to correct the *one* problem machine of the day. Finishing that, I realized my knee was wet. I looked down, puzzled because I couldn't understand where I could have put my knee down on a raspberry.

Turns out it wasn't raspberry juice and seeds - it was blood and... me. Or pieces of me, anyway. Somehow I'd managed to stab myself on a sharp corner when I fell.

At first, I figured, well, okay it looks bad but it doesn't really hurt. So I limped over to the ladies' room and started putting cold compresses on the wound - all the while bleeding like a stuck pig. Asked a lady in there to see if she could locate my boss. I figured she'd want to know about it. She came in a few minutes later and called my other boss and made me wait in the office. Finally the other boss showed up - by this time first shift had started coming in, and several people stopped in to see the show.

After that it gets a bit hazy. Still no pain, but I started feeling very light-headed. I know a lot more people seemed to be milling around in the office. I don't know how many times my blood pressure was taken - I think because they didn't believe me when I said it was always low. So it might have been a little lower than normal.

Then I'm being helped onto a gurney and whisked away in an ambulance. A dozen x-rays, 8 stitches (both inside and out), a tetanus shot and some antibiotics later, I'm allowed to leave. Good, I thought. I'd only been MIA for nearly five hours. Then I had a message to call my boss - seems for Workman's Comp, they had to have a drug screen. Within 24 hours. I decided I was glad I hadn't broken my leg, since the place I had to go was clear across town.

Then I realized - my jacket, backpack, wallet and keys (along with my truck) were still at work.

Called the boss back. Twenty minutes later, she showed up, drove me back to work where I limped across three blocks worth of building to get to my workstation and retrieve my belongings. Then three more blocks (plus one in the parking lot) to ease myself into the truck and drive over for the screening. Then the forty-minute drive home.

My question is - why do nurses feel the need to put Ace bandages on to the point of being a tourniquet? I know they wanted to keep the swelling down (a little late, but they tried) but when I got home, my lower leg was completely numb and my entire leg (other than where the wonderful Ace bandage held it hostage) was about twice its normal size. Which made it very interesting getting my *only* good-fitting pair of jeans off (which, due to blood, puncture hole and having the right leg cut up one side is now due for the garbage can).

I decided that this was definitely one time I really, really wished I didn't live alone. MB - my apologies. But a cheeseburger I don't have to stand up to prepare won this time. I got four of them to last through tomorrow...

I also discovered that when I lurch toward my dogs, they don't understand that its called limping and it means pain. They think I'm playing with them. Thank God they're small.

They should be thankful they're still breathing.

Now comes the good part - the doctor is restricting my work activity - no walking for any length of time, no standing, and no "constant" use of foot pedals. I wonder if he realizes that means I can't do my job. Period. So I may forget to bring that note to work tonight. I'll just do things a little more slowly and "elderly".

Like I said, it's probably a good thing it happened at the end of the year. If I started the New Year like this, I'd probably shoot myself...
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    OK first of all........"EWWWWWWWWWW".:cry: That sounds incredibly painful.

    Oh man. That's awful. I really feel for ya kiddo, I do.
    Mend, rest, and keep away from those damned Cheese Burgers! I'll come cook for you if I have to. :p
    Posted 12-29-2008 at 11:54 PM by
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    Yeah, the cheeseburgers - not a good idea. Ate two during the evening and wished I'd never even looked at them Have to go get the antibiotics today so plan to grab some fruits and veggies to munch on instead.

    The doc wanted to put me on morphine but I said no. One, painkillers and I do not mix well, and two, figure pain is a way of not over-doing. If it hurts too much, I'm not ready to do whatever I was trying to do.

    I guess I'm just thankful I landed the way I did - a half inch to the side and I would've landed on my kneecap...

    I'm too old for this crap.
    Posted 12-30-2008 at 06:47 AM by ostarella ostarella is offline
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    Hey star-
    If you can get them, Amy's makes a great organic frozen microwavable brown rice bowl with veggies and tofu. Great if you are hurt / sick / don't have time to cook. Or at least an alternative to a cheeseburger, but maybe you needed the yang.....Sorry to hear about your injury. I know that frozen food is not as good as fresh, but if you can't stand up to cook, maybe they can sub in a pinch? Hope you heal and get better soon.

    Peace Love Hope Faith and bancha
    Posted 12-30-2008 at 12:46 PM by shastastar shastastar is offline
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    I did pick up a couple things that can safely stay on the coffee table next to the couch (my bed upstairs is so tempting but even I'm not that dumb ). My brother is coming down Friday to "help out" - he's definitely going to get some lessons in MB cookery
    Posted 12-30-2008 at 02:51 PM by ostarella ostarella is offline
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    How dreadful! So sorry for you Ostarella, that's been a very nasty adventure. You had to take a separate drug test at another location , couldn't they just have taken one at the hospital since you were there anyhow? (Does this have something to do with the possible liability of your company?) Terrible they had you hobbling back and forth!

    I agree with you on the painkillers; without pain you always tend to do more than you should. And the cheeseburgers .... (something about hard times requiring hard measures?!) I'm sure your body will let you know soon enough whether it's happy with the burgers or not. Anyway, all the best, and since 2008 proved to have such a nasty trick in its tail for you I hope 2009 will be a lot better. Take care!
    Posted 12-31-2008 at 06:10 AM by asmay asmay is offline
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    (Does this have something to do with the possible liability of your company?)
    Yeah - if they prove you were on drugs or intoxicated, then they have grounds to deny the worker's comp claim - and then I'd have to pay for everything instead of their insurance.

    I'm sure your body will let you know soon enough whether it's happy with the burgers or not.
    Yeah, it definitely let me know I should've remembered from the last time I "slipped" and ate beef. But at the time, I just wanted food, and food I could have laying down Never again!
    Posted 12-31-2008 at 06:20 AM by ostarella ostarella is offline
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    Oh, that's a terrible way to end the old year - or to spend any day of the year! I hope you will get better soon. All the best and take care!
    Posted 01-01-2009 at 12:58 PM by Flash Flash is offline
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    Thanks. So far it's a bit up and down - sometimes the only problem is not being able to bend it. Other times (like last night) no matter what I do it's like being stabbed all over again

    Good news - my brother's coming down tomorrow and he's been such a mother hen via emails and phone calls, I'll probably get spoiled rotten while he's here for the weekend But then - I deserve it!
    Posted 01-01-2009 at 01:12 PM by ostarella ostarella is offline
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    I hope you had a good Christmas with your son before the accident.
    Re nurses putting on bandages so tight - I guess they didn't want the stitches to come out?

    Wishing you all the best for a great New Year!
    DBL xxxx
    Posted 01-02-2009 at 05:15 PM by deebeelicious deebeelicious is offline
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    Oh, yes, Christmas was great. Just having him home, joking around again, teasing each other, and playing the "required" board games with him and my brother - wonderful.

    Yeah, the Ace is supposed to act as a sort of cast, I guess. Keep everything in place until it had a chance to heal up a bit. And only a few more days and I get the stitches out - so I'm getting back to normal - whether that's a good or bad thing, I'm not sure
    Posted 01-02-2009 at 05:31 PM by ostarella ostarella is offline
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    Damn, I'm late saying it, but Aaargh! That's horrible. So there was no New Year's Eve partying for you.
    Posted 01-04-2009 at 01:32 PM by junkfoodmonkey junkfoodmonkey is offline
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    Nope Maybe I'll make up for it yet though!
    Posted 01-04-2009 at 01:34 PM by ostarella ostarella is offline
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