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#MicroblogMondays 83: Injuries

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I gracefully stumbled into a low-lying planter at the mall.  I was twisting backwards to try to figure out the name of a new store — it didn’t have a sign above the entrance and had instead etched the name faintly into its glass windows — when my shoe caught on a six-inch decorative planter.  I fell in slow motion, with the ChickieNob screaming, “Mooooooooooomeeeeeeeeeeee” as I tumbled forward, breaking my fall with my hands as I smashed my right knee into the tile.

Not one person stopped eating at the tables around me.  Not one person came over to see if I was okay.

The ChickieNob and I sat there for a while, and then we slowly limped into a department store where I collapsed on a bench near the high heels.  The lump on my leg was so huge that it looked like my kneecap had decided to get itself an extra backup kneecap, just in case, and set it at a jaunty angle like a beret.  (The ChickieNob whispered, “It’s a good thing you didn’t check your unshaven legs when we were sitting in the casual part of the mall and instead waited to roll up your jeans when we were sitting amongst the fancy shoes.”)

I moaned the whole ride home.  Thank you, world, for creating ice.

What was your last injury?


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1 Jessica { 03.28.16 at 5:55 am }

Sorry to read about your knee injury. Hope you’ll recover soon. The world has come to such that people don’t want to be burdened with tasks like calling for an ambulance, taking the injured to a clinic or hospital, or simply get some ice from the nearest F & B outlet. Many people are emotionally hurt because of indifference. Don’t let it get to you. Many people love you here.

2 Persnickety { 03.28.16 at 6:34 am }

Oh ouch! I hope it feels better soon.
I can’t remember the last time I injured myself but I regularly have bruises on my legs as I frequently walk into things at knee/thigh level

3 Middle Girl { 03.28.16 at 7:49 am }

I’m sorry to read of your tumble and the lumpy knee as a result. Hope it feels better sooner rather than later. I took a tumble recently but didn’t suffer any damage beyond some scrapes. Well, those and a bruised ego. A couple of folks standing near where I fell did come to see if they could be of any assistance.

4 Traci York { 03.28.16 at 8:26 am }

Yikes, Mel! It’s so disheartening that no one even acknowledged your fall. I can’t even wrap my brain around watching someone take a tumble like that, and not bothering to ask if they were okay. *sigh*

My last injury was actually because of ice. Friday morning, as I was taking our cat out on leash to do his business, I was admiring how pretty and shiny the porch looked, thanks to all the rain. I quickly realized Rain was covering for her cousin Sleet, who’d surreptitiously coated everything with ice. I didn’t completely fall, but I managed to wrench my lower back.

I hope your knee feels better soon!

5 Wendy { 03.28.16 at 8:35 am }

So sorry that happened! Falling like that is the worst. The fact that no one helped or asked if you were ok is terrible but I have to say I am not surprised. When I was 6 months pregnant I fell flat in a parking lot & NO ONE stopped, asked if I was ok or even glanced my way. It was shocking. Luckily all turned out fine although I do still have a scar on the palm of my hand. I hope it heals quickly for you, Mel.

6 Deboshree { 03.28.16 at 8:36 am }

Hope you’re feeling better now, Mel! Falls can be really painful.

7 a { 03.28.16 at 8:44 am }

Ouch! But man, unshaven legs criticism already?

My last injury was last week – I moved a stepstool at work to use it, then I put it “out of the way.” Then I went somewhere else, and on my way back, I walked straight into the stepstool. It still hurts.

Of course, I injure myself fairly regularly. If I’m not scraping myself with my own fingernails (length doesn’t matter), I’m doing it with something I’m trying to open or use. I regularly walk into stuff. Fortunately, since we moved at work, my habit of whacking my knee on my desk has been greatly reduced. In other words, I’m clumsy.

8 Lori Lavender Luz { 03.28.16 at 8:59 am }

What a double injury. First, the knee that reacts by swelling. And then the disconnection, that no one bothered to help. For me the second one would take longer to heal.

My last injury was getting bashed in my shin. No fun, for sure. I healed physically before I healed emotionally.

9 Beth { 03.28.16 at 9:00 am }

That’s ridiculous that no one even checked on you! My last injury was last week and it was terrifying, not because I was so hurt but because I was holding my toddler when we fell. I still don’t know what I tripped over (probably my own feet), but I fell hard in the garage and dropped A. In my memory she fell on her head but in all truth she clunked hard but didn’t truly land on her head. Awful, awful day. My knee is hurt but it’s my heart that hurts more.

10 Lavonne @ *Our Wish* { 03.28.16 at 9:01 am }

*Ouch* Hope your knee feels better soon! I am so clumsy and have fractured the same ankle three times by tripping over nothing…

11 illustr8d { 03.28.16 at 9:31 am }

I’m sorry no one checked to see if they could help & if you were okay.

12 Ana { 03.28.16 at 9:53 am }

So sorry for both…the injury and the lack of caring (AND the precociously snarky comment from chickie-nob!) HOpe it heals soon.

13 chandni { 03.28.16 at 10:37 am }

My very first post — second actually – the first I missed linking up !

14 Raven { 03.28.16 at 10:37 am }

So sorry to hear about your fall! I recently injured my hand and couldn’t believe how much it affected me…it’s been so long since I had an injury.

I can’t access the Microblog Monday linkup…for some reason it’s not showing but I am here and participating!


15 Cyn K { 03.28.16 at 10:39 am }

I haven’t taken a tumble (knock on wood) in a couple of years. My most recent “injury” was aggravating the onset of carpal tunnel by, wait for it, peeling ten pounds of potatoes for a potluck. I have a brace I wear at night now.

16 Isabelle { 03.28.16 at 10:39 am }

Ouch, Mel. That must have hurt. Hope it heals soon.

My last big injury was twisting my ankle a few years ago. It took 9 months and some unconventional rehab to heal. I get paper cuts all the time though.

17 Jess { 03.28.16 at 10:58 am }

Ouch… that sounds awful! Shame on those masses of mall people for not checking in with you. Knees are evil, I hope yours recovers well and is just bumped and bruised.

I am extraordinarily injury-prone, and have lots of bruises from walking into desks or doors at school. The last embarrassing injury I had was when I dropped my cell phone on my foot just below my toes, and I bruised the heck out of it and am convinced there’s a lingering hairline fracture two years later. Because I dropped my CELL PHONE. Argh.

18 Catwoman73 { 03.28.16 at 11:45 am }

Ouch! That sounds rather unpleasant…

I always seem to have bumps, bruises, aches and pains, but my last injury that actually brought me to a doctor (which is how I define ‘injury’ for myself, since I am always hurting…) was a fractured tailbone. I fell backwards down 10 stairs, so I was pretty lucky that was all that happened. Incidentally- this was the second time I had broken it- the first time was a rollerblading fall. Rollerblading is an EVIL sport!!!

19 twangy { 03.28.16 at 11:59 am }

Mel! OUCH. Poor knee. How is it now?

A couple of months ago, I had a run-in with a food processor blade. Gah. There’s always that split second before the pain comes where I’m thinking in a matter of fact way: ooh, this is going to hurt. Also, let this not be a hospital visit, please?

Heal quickly, knee.

20 Stephanie (Travelcraft Journal) { 03.28.16 at 12:35 pm }

Ouch! I tripped over a speed bump in our complex’s parking lot while carrying to-go cups in each hand. Somehow didn’t spill the drinks but scraped my knee up pretty good.

21 Emily { 03.28.16 at 12:41 pm }

Yikes! That sounds awful. I was recently in Florida (blogged about it for microblog mondays) and I didnt realize until I put on my bikini that I have a HUGE bruise on my right thigh! The strange thing is I don’t remember getting it and it doesn’t even hurt. Sometimes these things just happen to me. Hope you feel better.

22 Alexicographer { 03.28.16 at 1:00 pm }

Oh ouch! I’m sorry, and that no one stopped to see if you were OK. Good grief. I had a sort of similar fall (minus the knee cap swelling, but plus a nasty gash on my palm) that resulted from tripping on NOTHING (ok, a small bump in the sidewalk) as I was leaving a basketball practice with my son maybe a month and a half ago? None of the other parents or kids said or did anything, but the reason I fell was that it was dark, and I’m 99.9% sure that not one of them noticed. If I’d squawked or asked for help, I’m entirely sure they would have.

(Perhaps because my own legs are perpetually furry, I found ChickieNob’s query/observation funny rather than annoying πŸ™‚ !)

23 JustHeather { 03.28.16 at 1:50 pm }

Ouch! I hope you’re knee is feeling better! I am always bruised from walking and bumping into things, remembered or not. I definitely don’t do corners well. I mean, how dare the door jam jump out in front of me!
I like to think that if I had been there I would have come over to see if you are ok. How horrible that no one asked if you were ok.
And I had to laugh about the ChickieNob’s hairy leg comment. I can’t remember the last time I shaved mine. πŸ˜€
As for the last time I hurt myself…I can’t remember anything specifically, but I have been taking a lot of paracetamol lately for my back. πŸ™ 10 kilos (22 lbs) of baby girl does wonders for the back.

24 Sharon { 03.28.16 at 2:04 pm }

Ugh, I’m sorry. πŸ™

My most recent injury: I banged the side of my lower leg on a carousel horse a couple of weeks ago, and it still has a lump and is painful to touch. Just a careless, stupid thing, but it’s taking a long time to heal.

25 Infertile Girl { 03.28.16 at 2:07 pm }

Oh, knees are so terrible, always going off and getting injured! That does suck that no one asked if you were ok, but usually when I do something clumsy and hurt myself I’m embarrassed and hope no one saw.
I’m not generally clumsy but I bruise really easily so I often have bruises that I have no recollection of getting them. My worst injury, that is seemingly recurring, is stubbing my toes. I actually broke three toes several years ago and continue to smash them into things. They’re sort of off kilter now and give me random pains. When I broke them my whole foot turned colors and got super swollen. The worst!

26 loribeth { 03.28.16 at 4:10 pm }

Count me in the “frequently bruised but no memories of how they got there” club. :p I am always banging into things. :p Your story reminds me of an incident 25+ years ago. I was on my lunch hour & just got my lunch in a food court. Skidded on something on the floor & my tray of food went flying. I had Coke and ketchup from my chicken fingers & French fries all over me and (even worse) my brand new expensive navy wool winter coat. I wasn’t really hurt but I felt like an idiot, and I don’t think anyone asked if I was all right either.

The most recent injury that I recall is last week, when dh & I were measuring something in the basement. I didn’t realize I was close to the underside of the stairs, brought my head up & banged it on the edge. :p I am ALWAYS banging my head, it seems, and I’ve had a couple of actual concussions, which makes me very nervous every time I hit my head again. I immediately took a couple of ibuprofen, got out an ice pack and did a couple of 10 minutes on, 10 minutes off intervals as a precaution. No lasting damage, thank goodness.

27 ekhlas { 03.28.16 at 4:10 pm }

sorry to hear that, i hope you felling better!

28 Mary Francis { 03.28.16 at 6:50 pm }


So sad that no-one came to help!

My last injury is very recent. I stubbed my toe misjudging the height of a step. Still purple and swollen. I hobble around making ‘oo- ouch’ sounds, and limping. It hurts!

29 Cristy { 03.28.16 at 9:17 pm }

Ouch!!! That sounds terrible painful. Hoping your knee is feeling better.

I have a bad habit of routinely injuring myself. The one I’m dealing with at the moment is phantom pains from an injury when I was 16 yrs old working as a lifeguard. We had a large metal box at one of the beaches that contained all our gear and said metal box had a very heavy lid. One day, while my arm was in the box, that lid came crashing down. I still don’t know why my arm didn’t break from the impact. Instead, I have residual bone pain from an injury from over 20 yrs ago.

30 Jessie Francis { 03.28.16 at 11:12 pm }

My husband and I both couldn’t remember what my last injury was. DH: “Does the surgery count?” I’m not sure if that means I’ve gotten less clumsy or if it means I’m so clumsy that I don’t notice anymore!! I used to have a stretch in high school and college of spraining something every year, but I haven’t done that in a while.

31 apluseffort { 03.28.16 at 11:24 pm }

Ouch! I hope your backup kneecap is headed back into retirement πŸ™ I am currently suffering from plantar faciitis which just makes me sound OLD.

32 md { 03.28.16 at 11:33 pm }

ohhh, hope your knee gets better soon! can’t believe no one checked on you -what is wrong with the world?!! and the comment from chickienob -wow :PP
about a year ago i slipped on some of the twins’ toys and bruised my thigh horribly -i had never seen such shades of green and purple. it took quite a while to heal!

33 Mali { 04.01.16 at 5:00 am }

From another injured blogger, I send love and sympathies! Make sure you get your knee checked out so you don’t have any lasting issues Knees can be problematic, and – as you no doubt know now – painful.

Before breaking my ankle in three places on Saturday, my most recent injury was on Thursday. I was getting groceries out of the car boot (trunk, I think you’d say?) and the high winds blew it down on my upper arm. I have big brown and yellow bruises I had to explain at hospital!

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