Monday, April 21, 2008

making lemons out of lemonade



Yesterday was a gorgeous sunny beautiful day here in St Louis

so hubby and I loaded the car with our respective choices of gear for making use of the trails (paved) over at Lake Creve Coeur, and went on our merry way.
I strapped on my K2's
put on my wrist guards, and agreed with hubby that we'd meet back at the car in two hours (he was going riding on his bike).
you can guess where this is going?
20 minutes later, I fell for the first time ever on rollerblades, and I've been rollerblading for 9 years.
I need to take this moment to publicly acknowledge and thank the perfect strangers who stopped in succession to help me yesterday. The trail system, on a beautiful spring day, is as crowded a place as there is in St Louis - but I'd gone off on a remote spur to get my legs under me for the first time out this year. It was at least 5 minutes before anyone came along...which is maybe ok, since it took me that long to figure out if I was willing to try to move.
A family of 4 stopped, I gave the woman my car keys and she rode her bike to the parking lot, found my car, and got out my Tiva's and brought them back to me while her husband helped me to get my skates off, then helped me to stand.
Then they went off riding, and I began the longest walk of my life, to get back to the parking lot, (which was only a mile back) carrying my skates. Another woman came along and took my skates from me, rode them back to the parking lot and left them where I could pick them up when I got there. They were so heavy I think I might have left them at the side of the trail if she hadn't offered that service to me.
Then another woman, walking the other way, turned around and walked with me, (inched is more like it), and stayed with me until my husband came along.

Many thanks to each of them.

Xray's at the ER confirmed I have a broken coccyx (tailbone), as well as a mild concussion and a sprained wrist. Thank Heavens for the wrist guards, or else I'd have another shattered wrist. This time it's the right one.

Vicodin is good stuff.
However, this little outing has put a real crimp in my life for the coming weeks




I'm to lie on in whatever position I can manage for 2 days - which is mostly on my side, on the couch. I've got Vicodin for 5 days.
I've got audio books, real books, and a television.
and a bit of frustration.

The Anna Sui fabric for a dress that I cut out Friday and Saturday, the knit top sitting on top on my machine table that is my moms that needs stitching before I can stitch anything else- she's taking it to Greece in a few weeks, the skirt that I also need to finish putting the lining into for D, which was to be stitched before stitching my dress - all is on hold.
I'm afraid so is my Girls weekend in Chicago next weekend.
I'll have to see how I'm doing on Thursday. I might be able to go if I take the train up- I'm fairly certain I won't be able to sit long enough to drive.

62 comments:

Nancy K said...

Well,I guess your Mom will have to do without her top. She'll cope I am sure. I feel for you, as I have spent my time in bed with a bad back. Vicodin is good stuff. Thank goodness there were lovely, kind people out there. Feel better.

Lorraine said...

Marji- OMG- poor you. A broken tailbone is no joke.

I guess you'll be under some enforced down time.

Marina said...

Everything can wait! Take care of you.

Peggy L said...

Marji - my sympathies. Back pain is no fun. Take care of yourself. Hope you are feeling better soon.

Emily said...

You poor thing! I have to admit, I've retired my roller blades after two tumbles on asphalt with them. Both times, I ended up with a severely injured tail-bone and bad asphalt burns on my tush (and one of those round donut shaped pillows to sit on). I, too, have done that painful walk back to the car. It sounds like your tumble may have been a bit worse, but I can honestly say I feel your pain!

Beth H said...

Oh No! I'm so sorry. I hope you feel better quickly.

cidell said...

Please take care of yourself!

christina said...

Ouch! Sending you wishes for a quick recovery.

melissa said...

oh no! Hope you feel better soon and don't go too stir-crazy! Maybe you can use this time to catch up on some sewing-related reading? And reflect on how nice and genuinely GOOD some people out there are when they see another person in need of help. You've got some fantastic strangers out your way...

teabird said...

No! It's not fair! I'm so sorry this happened - and so glad that your doctor had the sense to give you the Good Stuff. Vicodin works.
At least you got to experience the kindness of strangers -
(very gentle hug)

Summerset said...

Ouch! I know taking it easy isn't as easy as it sounds with all the sewing that needs to be done, but do try! I do hope you get to go to Chicago - that will be a nice treat after this!

I was thinking the same thing as other posters while reading your story: there are still some kind, good-hearted people in this world!

goodworks1 said...

Oh Marji, I SOOO sympathize! I've learned the hard way that patience is a virtue with this sort of injury, as you definitely do not want to re-injure or slow down the healing in any way. Luckily the pain meds help the patience (and help you get the extra sleep you need.) When you run out of the Vicodin, ask about Tramadol.

Nanci said...

Oh that is awful - I hope you make a speedy recovery. And enjoy the Vicodin while you've got it... At least you can still blog!

Anonymous said...

Argh! I'm so sorry, Marji! Sending you some healing vibes from California....

-Michellers

Lashell said...

So sorry to hear about your mishap. Get well soon

Birgitte said...

I'm so truly sorry this happened to you. Having injured my tailbone years ago (used to race rodel sledge) I still remember the pain... I'm thinking of you. A good time to read and reflect... and maybe post some more of your wonderful sewing knowledge. I used the thread threading and it worked wonderfully, so big thanks and hugs for that. I'd be serving you fresh baked Norwegian sweet rolls and tea if I could - the internet is only good for so much :-(
HTH
Birgitte

Birgitte said...

I'm so truly sorry this happened to you. Having injured my tailbone years ago (used to race rodel sledge) I still remember the pain... I'm thinking of you. A good time to read and reflect... and maybe post some more of your wonderful sewing knowledge. I used the thread threading and it worked wonderfully, so big thanks and hugs for that. I'd be serving you fresh baked Norwegian sweet rolls and tea if I could - the internet is only good for so much :-(
HTH
Birgitte

Cherie said...

I, too, feel your pain, I injured my tailbone years ago, and slept on my side for weeks. And bless the kindness of strangers! Take care,

Cherie

Shannon said...

What a bummer (literally, what with the coccyx and all)!! Yeowch - you poor thing - you must be miserable!! I am so glad that some good Samaritans came along to help you. I have just begun sending healing vibes your way, so expect to start to feel better soon!

Anonymous said...

Oh, Marji, I have tears for you. Get better soon! Stay on the couch until you are! Love, D.

Bonnie D. said...

Oh Marji! I'm so sorry to hear about your fall. I'm sure you are in a lot of pain and so disappointed over the lost opportunities. Time will fly by quickly for you. Do take good care of yourself.

Elaray said...

Awww, Marji! I'm so sorry about your bad luck. A hope you recover quickly!

Carolyn in AR said...

Oh Marji, as one who has suffered tailbone trauma in the past, I feel your pain. Rest assured, however, that it does get better with time. Take care, enjoy your books and movies, and check in with us often.

Tany said...

Oh no!!!!!! I'm so sorry, I hope you recover well and fast... Take care, Marji

Alexandra said...

Ouch! Bummer! I wish you a quick recovery so you can get back to your fiberly hobbies.
All those Good Samaritans deserve a big thank you.

Vicki said...

Oh my goodness, you poor thing!!! :((( Ouch!!

Do you think this was nature's way to say....slow down? So relax, take it easy, everything else can wait....except maybe the weekend in Chicago, lol

AllisonC said...

Oh that sounds really painful - make sure you rest even if you are going out of your mind and I wish you a speedy recovery. I'm impressed that all those people helped you out though, it's nice to know people still do!

loopylulu said...

Here's to a speedy recovery!!!

Michelle L. said...

Oh, what a setback. I'm sorry to hear you hurt yourself. Being injured is the worst. But on the up-side, St. Louisans are the best! How awesome is that that people were so helpful? A friend of mine fell off her bike and broke her arm on the Katy Trail, and a husband and wife helped her. The wife sat with her while the husband rode like crazy to get their car and took her to the hospital.

Becky said...

What a bummer! Hope you are able to get comfortable and relax, since it seems you will be laid up for a while. Healing thoughts coming your way!

Linda T said...

Take care, sorry to hear of the accident. Sewing can wait.

kbenco said...

I'm so sorry you are injured. How frustrating to have to lie about. You do not sound as if that would suit you!

Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear of your injury and hope you feel better soon,
Linda (SewingLibrarian)

ACorgiHouse said...

Ouch, ouch. So sorry! Thank goodness there are nice people left in the world. Get yourself a donut pillow to sit on and you may at least be able to knit and do hand stuff when your wrist heals. Having spent a month or so lying on one side last year, I feel for you! Here's sending healing thoughts your way!

Sigrid said...

Awful accident, and indeed there are still good people in the world. Take care with yourself, do not hurry things. Your mom will do without the top, and she'll prefer that to you hurrying to finish it for her while you're not well. Best wishes.

paco peralta said...

Marji.- I'm so sorry, I hope you recover well and fast. Best whises. Paco

Teddylyn said...

I usually lurk and admire your wonderful creations--but wanted to say take care and let yourself heal. I hope you are soon more comfortable and able to enjoy your full life!

Lynda in LV

Melody said...

Marji, I'm so sorry. It sucks to be on the injury list. Now's a good time for books on tape and stupid movies you've been meaning to watch. Hugs and wishes for a quick recovery.

jae said...

I'm wishing you a speedy recovery! I know you must be frustrated not being able to do the things you enjoy.

Anonymous said...

Poor baby! As a horse rider, I know exactly where my coccyx is - and you will too for quite awhile!
Martha from Vermont

Carole said...

Bless your heart! Cracked tailbones take a lot of time to recover, so don't push yourself. People may now appreciate your sewing much more now that you are taking an enforced break (sorry, unfortunate choice of words...). Thanks goodness for the kindness of strangers.

Debbie Cook said...

Oh no!! So sorry to hear about your unfortunate day. Yay for the kind strangers, and, of course, the vicodin. ;-)

toya said...

this is extremely horrible, get better soon, and post something, don't have us thinking that you are pinned down and can't move to say hello,,, ;)

a little sewing on the side said...

Oh No !!! What an awful experience- I am so glad those people helped you! Take care- Your post is pretty hilarious, despite the bad news!

Dana said...

Don't think about what you can't do, think about what you can - like maybe spend more time on the computer LOL! Really sorry to hear about your fall and I hope you get back off your back soon!

Lori said...

I am so sorry about your accident, hope you are up and around very soon. So nice to hear all the people that helped you during your time of need.

Angelia said...

Hope you feel well soon! I enjoy seeing your projects!!

connieB said...

OOwwie! I would suggest strapping on a pillow next time - but it sounds like a fluke accident! Take care Marji

Ann said...

Poor you! Please take care of yourself. I do so hope you have a fast and easy recovery.

Reethi said...

Ouch! Poor you! Here's to hoping for a speedy recovery!

Anonymous said...

So sorry this happened to you but really glad that such kind strangers helped you out. Take care and hope your body heals quickly.
Anita

Isabelle said...

Poor you! Wishing you a swift recovery so you can take up your beloved sewing.

Linda said...

Yikes! I hope you feel better soon. As I am assuming that this is no padding that you could have worn to protect your tail bone, this was definitely something totally unavoidable. Take some time to look through that gorgeous spanish eye candy book you bought!

Sewsy said...

Dear Marji, I am so sorry to read of your accident. My Mom had that same thing happen to her years ago, she was in a great deal of pain, so take good care of yourself. I'd been thinking a lot about you lately, since reading your posts on SG about your upcoming adventure asea. I first looked around at my own stash and wondered 'how's she gonna part with her babies?!!' I still don't know. What I'm thinking now is, since you've got the time to be still and think about it, maybe there's another solution. We all put so much effort into our fabric stashes- why do you have to get rid of yours? Maybe you can find several 'homes' for it with trusted relatives and friends. Maybe you could put up a shed (or two) on your parents property and stow some or all of it there. I don't think you really want to get rid of your fabrics, I don't blame you, but maybe you could keep MOST of it, and donate some to local theatre groups and the like. Also, there is one more suggestion I have, but I'll pm you on SG.
Anyway, take good care of yourself, and I hope you'll be feeling better real soon.

Cennetta said...

Marji, Take it easy and make the best of the down time. You are right. Vicodin is "Good Stuff". lol A few years ago, I was prescribed this wonder drug after surgery.

Was there anything particular that you were looking for in Chicago (Fishman's or Vogue)? Let me know.

Anonymous said...

Please take care of yourself. I used to play roller hockey, so I have a good idea of the type of pain you are in.
Best wishes and keep your head up-
Barrie

Melissa said...

Well that post sure is the pits! I hope you're back to yourself quickly - keep resting. What a bummer way to end the weekend. :-(

Maja said...

I'm so sorry this happened to you Marji. Take good care of yourself and I wish you a speedy recovery.

knittinbrit_in_wi said...

How terrible for you. Hope you're "bit above the bum" is feeling better.

One thing I loved about your post is the kindness you received at the hands of complete strangers. I think that this would make a great article (public interest piece) in a newspaper. We have become so cynical of people that we have forgotten that many are still so kind and giving. There were so many good Samaritans around in St. Louis that day.

Get well soon.

When Ladies Dressed said...

Oh Marji - a belated get better soon... I hope that you are on the mend.

Linda said...

I am sorry to read about your accident! I am behind on reading so a little late in commenting. Gosh, I can almost feel your pain. Sorry you are laid up and from reading you are slowly on the mend. Take it easy and I hope recovery continues well.

Lisa Laree said...

Cidell's post today said you'd had an accident; I missed it while I was on the blogging break and had to hunt down the details. Tailbone...OW!!!

I know you're better now, but I'm sending cyber hugs anyway ;)