1/08/2010

The Day From Hell

So we didn't get another snow day unfortunately for me. While I was scrapping my car off this morning I fell and fractured my ankle in two places. I drug myself through the snow to get to my purse and called Mike on my cell phone. He was thankfully off with a snow day and inside the house. It seemed like hours but I was probably only in the snow for less than 10 minutes. I'm still having flash backs of the helpless feeling I had as I laid there not knowing what to do . No one could see me from the road or if they could they didn't bother to stop and help. If I had been out there for much longer I quite possibly would have gotten frost bite, it was almost below freezing this morning.

He got me into my car and because it's my left leg we decided the quickest thing to do was for me to drive myself to the ER. The nurses said it was one of the first times they had seen someone with a fracture drive themselves to the hospital. The only other option was to call 911 and who knows how long that would have taken. When we got there it was already filling up with emergency situations because of the ice and cold. We were the first to get x-rays and got in and out in less than 3 hours which is pretty fast for this ER. I had to listen to a meth addict in the waiting room tell me about how she pulls her own teeth out with pliers but she couldn't get one this morning because it was in the back. I guess things could be worse.

Because it is fractured in two places I will probably have to have surgery to set it. That is going to be a total nightmare. My Mom will likely have to come up and help as Mike won't be able to take off to stay home with me that many days. I go in on Monday to see the ortho surgeon. I'm already dreading the getting in and out of the car.

Mike did go get me a fold up wheelchair which was only $150. Hopefully we'll be able to sell it on Craigslist when this is all over. It will help me get around the house easier and will hopefully allow me to go back to work in a few weeks. I can put it in my trunk and when I get there I can call security to come and help me get into the building. We'll see how long it takes to get to that point. With all the extra weight I'm dragging around right now it could take longer.

He also got a wireless router so that I can lay here on the couch and stay connected. This will definitely help keep me sane. I will have time to get a lot of knitting done. Thankfully my hobbies are pretty low impact so I can continue to do them unlike some people. I will really have to watch myself to make sure I don't end up in a major Depression.

The pain is really bad tonight but they gave me Vicodin which helps numb the pain somewhat. I'd really appreciate any positive thoughts or prayers if you do that sort of thing you could send my way. I've never asked before but I feel like I need it now more than ever.

22 comments:

randomcreative said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your injury! You will definitely be in my prayers. Best of luck with everything!!

Linda Hammelman said...

OOOOH Ick! I am so sorry about this mess. Keep us posted about your progress. My prayers for your healing process. File a claim on that wheelchair. They might pay.

Dunappy said...

sorry about your day. My mom broke her leg one day in a similar fashion, but she didn't have a cell phone to call for help. She had to sit out on her front step and try and wave down a passing car. Since she lives out in the country they don't come by as much as other places. Hope you feel better soon.

Spacecitypaula said...

:( Oh ick... I don't miss snow and ice at all. Especially when I hear stories like that. I hope everything heals up soon!

Split Rock Ranch said...

Oh my word Paige! What a horrible day! I will stop complaining about mine now. I am saying prayers for you and sending you lots of healing energy. I hope they are able to set those bones and you have a speedy recovery. In the meantime, take care of yourself! Warm hugs, B

overthetopaprons said...

I am so sorry to hear about the injury; that is quite an ordeal I am so glad that your husband was home. You will be in my prayers ... it will be a challenging hearing process. Again, I am so sorry.

considerthelillies said...

what a total bummer! I will pray for you for sure! I hope it all goes better than expected!

Pricilla said...

I am sorry Paige. Pick bright colors to knit. That and the vicodin should make for some memorable scarves....

Ruth said...

Here's hoping for a fast recovery!

Sinclair said...

Oh, I am so sorry that you had this happen! You will definitely be in our thoughts and prayers. Feel free to send me email if you want to email chat. Maybe planning for Ravelympics will help keep you from dark moods. Are you doing Ravelympics this year? I wish you a fast recovery.

Duni said...

Dear Paige,

OMG,I'm so very sorry to hear you broke your ankle. That must be so painful and I hope you can manage through the weekend before your appointment with the surgeon.
Sending you lots of positive vibes all the way from Germany and wishing you a speedy recovery. Keep us updated as to how the surgery went.

take care,

Duni

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Theresa said...

I'm sending you some happy vibes from over here in Vegas. What a real pain...literally and figuratively. Hope you have a quick recovery.

Ann said...

Oh my I'm so sorry. You can count on me to keep you in my thoughts and send a few prayers your way. Let us know how things are going.

Karen said...

Oh my goodness! I hope you mend quickly. Hugs.

Ann said...

just popping back in on you today to let you know I hope your doing ok

Athena said...

Oh, my God, how horrible! I do hope your recovery isn't too painful.

Lin said...

Bummer, Paige!! I'm so sorry that this happened to you, but at least you were able to get help right away. Well, I guess it is a good time to catch up on all that reading, knitting, and movies that you wanted to see. But try to lay off the vicodin if you can--it may make you nauseous--and that's the last thing you need.

I'm sending happy thoughts and positive vibes that you are back in action SOON!

Jenny's Vegcafe said...

If you don't mind me bringing Will along I can come over some morning and do stuff for you.

Lynne said...

That's awful! Did they give you something at the ER to take for the pain? I hope all goes well at the dr. appt tomorrow.

Storm, The Psychotic Housewife said...

Oh Paige! I hope you are feeling better! I've done the same thing in winter and let me tell you, that wheelchair is going to be the best $150 you've ever spent! (If you fall again chances are it will rebreak, and you're back at square one!)

I am sending all the healing thoughts I can your way!

Alterity Button Jewelry said...

Oh, Paige...I feel so awful for you! Back in October, I broke my toe and I thought that was a nightmare. Dang, that little bugger hurt (sheesh, it still hurts three months later!) and it kept me off my feet for a few days. But an ankle?! You will be in my prayers for a speedy recovery without depression.

wow, when you do it, girl, you really do it!

 

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