Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Off To A Bumpy Start

Yes, 2012 got off to a bit of a bumpy start.  Let's just say, I'd like a "do over."  Have you ever wanted to do something over?  I have.  I wanted a "do over" when I fell and broke my elbow.  I especially wanted a "do over" yesterday when I fell down the basement stairs.  Yes, that is how I started 2012.  I fell down the stairs and hit my head on the cement basement floor below.

My goal for yesterday was to get the tree down.  That involves bringing up boxes from the basement and then taking them down again.  In the process of getting laundry started and getting the ornament boxes, I started up the stairs, remembered something I had forgotten, and turned to go back down.  My foot, clad only in socks,  slid off the stair as I turned and headed back down.  From there, it was a rocky ride to the bottom.  It the floor back of the head first on cement floor which was thankfully covered with a piece of old carpet.

My brother-in-law said I needed to wearing some Capezios  if I were going to be doing pirouettes on the stairs.  I think I'll just not do any more pirouettes on the stairs.  My daughter-in-law suggested I wear a helmet around the house.  Perhaps, I will just start by wearing shoes.  I then hope to put up railings on both sides of the stairwell.

Needless to say, the Christmas tree is still up and may be for quite some time to come.  I spent the day in the emergency room.

Thankfully, I only suffered a mild to moderate concussion.  It could have been so much worse.  I also gave myself quite a whip lash.  Of course, I also have hurt my lower back and hip area.  Over all, I certainly could have done much more damage to myself.

I am to limit my reading and listening to music for the next few days.  I am to limit my computer time.  I need to not be giving my brain a lot of stimuli for a couple of days.  According to the doctor, I could be recovering for at least a month.

This is not how I had planned on starting a new year.  Ringing in the new year by bouncing my head on the floor was not in the plan.  One blogging friend suggested I invest in a big bubble for my husband and me.  She may be on to something.

I am taking this forced rest seriously.  I am trying to learn to be kind to myself, to be gentle.  I must take the time to heal.  I am taking a blogging break for a few weeks.  I won't be reading blogs or writing on mine during that time.  I will read and post comments as I am able.  I will miss you all, but I think that I really must take this time to fully recover.

29 comments:

Jeanie said...

Oh no, Sally, this was not what you needed. Please do just what you say you are going to do....take the time to let yourself fully heal. Just take good care of yourself and we will look forward to you being back when you have recovered.

Rita said...

OMGosh! Yes! Take care of yourself and forget about the computer and whatever. Spoil yourself and rest. You will be starting out the new year with quieter contemplation time. Best wishes. :)

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh Sally---I am so sorry that this happened to you. But I'm glad it wasn't worse than it was...

PLEASE take care of yourself. The idea of a helmet and some SHOES will help!!!! ha
Hugs,
Betsy

Linda Reeder said...

Good grief! Well, I hope you feel like sleeping, because I'm not sure what I would do without listening or reading or internetting! But please be good and do it!

Jackie said...

I am so sorry to hear about your fall. Follow doctor's orders and rest. Take care of yourself, Sally.
Hugs to you,
Jackie

Lynilu said...

I'm glad you weren't hurt more seriously. Gosh, that kind of thing is so scary. Just be careful!!

Terra said...

Oh you poor dear. Please follow doctor's orders and rest and relax as you recover. I hope the rest of the year will be upbeat and a delight. Just rest yourself for now.

gigihawaii said...

How dreadful! Wishing you a speedy recovery!

laurie said...

Oh my gosh this is terrible, you must do as the doctor says, I have lost almost all my vision from a head injury, a very bad concussion, I lost parts of my memeory had speech troubles and other troubles as well, NOTHING to fool around with.It takes time for your brain to settle back down, beleive me I know this, and its very true, the brain stimulation thing, I still have difficulty with crowed rooms and noise, please take care,

Blissed-Out Grandma said...

Sally, please do be kind to yourself. I had only a little fall in October and it made me sad and vulnerable on top of being achy all over. So rest, relax, maybe listen to some music. Leave the tree where it is until, let's say, Valentine's Day. You will feel better eventually, but take it slow!

Arkansas Patti said...

Wow, that was a nasty fall. I am just grateful nothing broke and hope you heal soon.
Will miss you a lot but you do what you must to get back to 100%.
Take good care.

Olga said...

Yikes. By all means, take care of yourself.
I also learned the lesson. Women of a certain age can also be called "women who wear shoes with sturdy soles around the house."

rosaria said...

Ouch! You were lucky you didn't injure yourself more. I broke my ankle the first year we were retired, not thinking, just as you did, and since then, I'm much more careful, not only when I take steps, but everywhere. We have so much on our minds,and we can easily be distracted and lose our balance.
Hope you do take advantage of the forced rest. The tree, and any other chore, can wait.

It's my new philosophy now; if something needs done, and I can't do it, I hire someone, or it doesn't get done.

Get well.
Think of this as a vacation.

DJan said...

I'll be here when you return, and I'm so glad you let me know where you will be: in recovery. A concussion is a serious matter. I've had a couple in my life. I'm so sorry to hear about this! It definitely is NOT the way to start a new year.

Thisisme. said...

Oh no Sally. Poor you! What a dreadful way to start the new year. You are quite right to take a complete rest over the next few weeks. Sending prayers and healing thoughts your way. Don't worry about us - we'll all still be here when you return. You must be aching all over I would think :( Hugs.

Have Myelin? said...

Oh good gosh... I am sorry. :(

Take good care. We'll be here when you want us to be here.

Joanne said...

Oh my goodness! This is so scary to even read about! Thank God you didn't end up breaking a bone! Hope you feel better really soon.
Blessings, Joanne

#1Nana said...

I hope your recovery is progressing. I've found that I manage to fall down more frequently now that I'm older. It doesn't help that I wear bifocals. i learned the hard way to take them off when I climb stairs. I started the new year with a skinned knee...i tripped in Sears among the after Christmas sales crowd. Not serious, but embarassing. Lesson learned: senior citizens shouldn't try to walk and chew gum at the same time!
Get well soon my friend.

Kay said...

Oh my gosh, Sally! I can't believe it! This is just awful! I took a spill when I was 6 months pregnant with my son, but luckily the stairs were padded. Aside from being born in the elevator, my son was OK 3 months later.

I wear rubber bottom slippers in the house because of our stairs and try to hold on to the hand railing. It scares me to think of a fall since we've got 21 steps from the 1st and 2nd floor.

Please do be careful, from now on. You are reminding us all to be careful too. I've been a teeny bit lax on ladders and such. I'll take your warning and be more cautious.

Cuisine de Provence said...

Wishing you a very speedy recovery and all the best for the New Year and thank you for joining my blog Cuisine de Provence. All the best,
Barbara

Sightings said...

Yikes! Glad you survived. Enjoy your blogcation. Pls. be careful and kind to yourself!

Friko said...

Take my very good wishes for a speedy and successful recovery with you into your blogging break.

Bad luck! Actually, I'm thinking that, as you have taken this unfortunate tumble so early in the year you may be free from further mishaps from now on.

Mare said...

I was nervous reading this and hoping that nothing bad happened. As I sit here with the cast on my right foot from falling getting out of the shower before Christmas.
I hope everything heals nicely and look forward to when you are back. God bless you and all of your family.

Jeanie said...

Oh, I'm confused. I thought it was your elbow! Your Head? That's really bad. Yes, I think we all do things like that, but this sounds pretty ugly. Glad, I guess, it's not worse, but it sounds bad enough as it is.

Well, lay low. Read books. Don't worry about the tree. Mine won't be down till February, probably and I'm all in more or less one piece! Just BE. And feel better soon.

Barb said...

Do take time - you are definitely lucky you weren't hurt more seriously (though it sounds serious enough). A bubble might be just what you need! Rest!

Dr. Kathy McCoy said...

Oh, Sally, that's so scary! Please do rest and take plenty of time to recover. Don't worry about the Christmas tree. My husband and I were talking about just leaving ours up because we like it so much. (We'll probably take it down over the weekend, reluctantly.) Best wishes for a quick recovery!

Sandi said...

Oh Sally, that is the worst news I've heard in ages! I am so grateful that it wasn't worse, at least you are able to write (include a little humor) and let us know so we can be praying for a quick recovery.

You also need to mind the doctor and behave yourself. Rest and follow orders. We will miss you but want you to be healed.

Last year I slipped and fell in the locker room at the pool and landed on the back of my head first. I never went to the doctor, and I think I should have. It was tender to touch for a long time.

Take care of yourself!

Mage said...

I am so very sorry. I wear Moccasins, and I think they give me a little big of grip. Suggest to your other half that he can take the tree + down while you recover. :)

Yes, please take care of you. we care.

I Wonder Wye said...

I am terribly sorry to hear all of this! I winced several times as I read this just reading about it! I am glad you are taking it easy on yourself. Stay well my friend...