All the Colors of the Rainbow

That’s what my physical therapist said to me yesterday afternoon – “you have all the colors of the rainbow”.  He was talking about my backside.  Purple, blue, almost black, yellow and a kind of sickly green, covering my left butt, heading up my back and down my left leg.  I’m so tempted to post a photo here, but honestly, putting a photo of my ass on the internet is going just too far.

Exactly one week ago, Thursday morning before going out to work, I fell from the top step to the bottom landing near the front door.  Remember these lovely newly painted stairs?  Those.  The ones that look long and steep.  As Sheldon Cooper said, “Ah gravity, thou art a heartless bitch”.

To add insult to injury (literally), I ended up getting TWO trips to the hospital in an ambulance and spending the night there for observation.  The first trip was after the fall (I managed to crawl to where my mobile phone was and call for help), strapped onto a gurney as if my back was broken and I really thought my hip or back WAS broken.  Turns out nothing was broken and DB and I came home in a taxi.  The second trip was later that night after I tried to stand up and passed out several times.  DB called the night doctor, who came and found I had very low blood pressure and a bruise and swelling bigger than she’d ever seen before (and she was no spring chicken either).  The ambulance guys tried to get me to walk to the ambulance but eventually had to throw me onto the gurney like a sack of potatoes (so says DB, I was OUT) because I just couldn’t stay conscious while upright.  Sheesh.

I was better the next morning and came home and have been busy healing since.  Yesterday was my first venture outside since falling so the Fysio didn’t even get to see the swelling at its worse.  It’s getting better.  Every day I can move a little more.  The coloring is busy moving down my leg and up my back.  A friend said it reminded her of when her grandmother fell out of a moving car.  Yes, I sent her a photo of my ass.  I do have some good friends, and very close family, that have been privy to my privates.  At least the black and blue parts.

You’d think in this condition I could console myself with knitting.  Wrong.  Until Monday I couldn’t find a position comfortable enough that allowed knitting.  I was mostly laying on my right side.  The last couple of days I’ve been able to sit long enough to do something entertaining.  I finished re-knitting the neckline of a sweater that I’m designing.  I’ve started “teaching socks” for a class I’m going to be teaching.  I’ve knit a few rows of a beautiful brioche shawl.  Luckily I had already finished, and given, the baby blanket I was working on.  I’ll get photos posted here in the next day or two of that project.

For now, I’m trying to keep moving, keep taking pain pills, keep getting over this stupid accident.  Last night I woke with a start from dreaming the fall again.  I hate that.  I hope it stops soon.  Also for now I’m going up and down the stairs in bare feet – no more slippery slippers on my feet.  And this weekend we are planning to get some anti-slip stuff to put on the stairs.  More photos to come!


3 thoughts on “All the Colors of the Rainbow

  1. Betty Salpekar April 4, 2013 / 13:34

    Good grief, Alex. I didn’t know it was a nightmare that bad. I can relate only on a very minor scale: about a month ago my knitted slipper-clad feet suddenly flew right out from under me on a polished wood floor. I took them off on the spot, hobbled directly to the trash can and threw them in. When and if I ever wear others like that, they will have dots of Sock Stop or silicon sealer on the bottom for some decent traction. I’ve read that squiqqles of hot glue will work too. Continuous healing thoughts directed your way.

  2. Debbie April 4, 2013 / 17:13

    My inlaws in Sint Pancras have stairs like those and they have scared the heck outta me every single time I or my kids use them. When the kids were younger I had them go down on their butts. I have fallen down our old wooded stairs and landed on my back, hurt so bad but obviously not as bad as your fall. Sending you comfortable fast healing vibes!

  3. lilirious April 4, 2013 / 23:32

    ouch…. reminds me of the time I woke up in the middle of the night and had to go to the bathroom. I guess I was more asleep than awake, and at some point I landed on my butt and slid down the last 4 steps… Nothing so bad as what you just described, but I can imagine the horror and the shock 😦

    I hope you’ll get better soon!

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