It happened so fast, in slow motion! Have you ever fallen? Everyone has fallen at one time or another, mostly as a child.
Maybe you fell as an adult while wearing roller skates. My brother, Donnie, fell while wearing roller skates and broke his leg. It was my 16th birthday party. He was 20 at the time.
Fast forward about 34 years.
I injured my right knee when I fell. It was raining very hard that day. I had just finished cleaning an apartment for a client. It was a high rise in the downtown area. The parking lot is located behind the building. There is a nice little concrete path leading from the back door to the parking lot. The path separates two little grassy areas. The grassy areas are protected from foot traffic by those short low hanging chains. Remember, it was raining. At the end of the path, was a giant puddle. You can already see where this is going. It was not graceful.
Let me tell you what I was holding in my arms. I had no intentions of making two trips in the rain so I carried all of my supplies plus the umbrella at one time. I had a mop, a broom, a well organized tray fully stocked with cleaning supplies and a mop bucket, all balanced between both arms along with the umbrella. I was trying to dodge that giant puddle. Unfortunately, I did not get my foot up quite high enough to go over that low chain intended to keep me off the grass.
You are about to cringe. It was a gravel parking lot and I landed on one knee! Oh yes, it hurt! That was 2009, it still causes me pain from time to time, probably always will. Plus my umbrella broke.
Fast forward once more to Wednesday of this week. There must be something about me and cleaning which may not jive! I was vacuuming a bedroom in my own home. It all happened so fast as I fell in slow motion. I have no idea how I tripped. My shoe just stuck to the floor when it was supposed to move with my foot. I fell in between the wall and the bed and landed very hard on my right hip with the vacuum cleaner on top of me. I slung the vacuum cleaner off of me and found the off button but I did not get right up.
I knew right away that I had injured myself. If anyone had been in the home, I may have injured my pride but I was alone. Once I took stock and decided nothing was probably broken, I got myself up, dusted myself off and limped away. I left the vacuum cleaner there.
I hobbled to the other end of the house and collapsed onto my bed for a moment. As I lay there, surmising my wounds, I called my husband at work to tell him what had happened. Of course, when you are a grown person and fall, we have to take that serious. I like to joke around about most everything, most of the time with a straight face. Sometimes people consider that to be dark humor. I tried that dark humor with my husband on the way to the ER but he didn’t see any humor in it at the time.
Thankfully, nothing is broken, just badly bruised. Unfortunately, the x-ray showed arthritis in my hip. Oh boy!
I am limping around like I’m dying and moaning like a Halloween ghost. I’m going to be fine as soon as the swelling goes down and the pain subsides.
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