Monday, May 16, 2011


Karen, over at This Old House 2 did a really fun post before all the Blogger issues started and challenged everyone to do a similar one. The title of the post is My Other Self and in it she gave a glimpse of what her "other" life would look like. It reminded me of those bumper stickers you see around town…

My other car is a bicycle

My other child is an honor student

Get the picture? I knew you would!

Anyway, after being sick in bed with a chest cold, I was finally back on the computer catching up with all of you, leaving those comments that have now all disappeared, when I ran across Karen's post. I thought it sounded like a fun post to write, so while blogger was down I decided to answer her question, "What does your other self look like?"

Things were going well, my cold was still hanging on, but I was able to "sit up and take nourishment" as my daddy used to say. I had been sitting at the computer for several hours working on "my other self" when the gate outside the front door started banging. This is an ongoing frustration I have here at my daughter's home. When someone goes out the gate, the latch doesn't latch properly and every little breeze causes it to bang shut. When the breeze is strong it really BANGS shut and startles me, causing me to jump. One of those things that is so minuscule in the grand scope of things, but annoying just the same.

Anyway, like I said I was working on the aforementioned post when the darn gate started banging away. Frustrated, I jumped up to close the darn thing, and when I say jumped, I mean JUMPED! This would have been all fine and well, except for the fact that my foot had gone to sleep. Now, I know all of you at some time or other have stood up and found your sleeping foot won't support you, so you sit back down and move it around until it starts working again. Oh yeah, those pins and needles are such fun, aren't they?

Remember I said I JUMPED up, so needless to say, my ankle just crumpled. This is one of those moments I would like to have on film, I know it would be a YouTube sensation! Everyone would be laughing at the old lady who somehow managed to grab the wheeled office chair, spin around in a perfect 180° and land about three feet away, with one butt cheek clinging to the edge of the (thankfully) armless sofa, all the while screaming her head off. I know I had to have really hollered, because I scared the dogs so bad they didn't come anywhere close to me for the rest of the day.

Did I mention I was home alone when all this took place?

The pain was excruciating! I didn't know if it was broken or sprained, but trust me when I tell you, I thought I had crushed every bone in my foot. I couldn't move and all I could think about as I looked helplessly across the room at the telephone, was that old commercial, "Help, I've fallen and I can't get up." I was laughing when that came out, now, not so much.

Took me close to an hour to get both cheeks onto the couch, reach for my office chair (which luckily I had brought with me in all the falling and wild flailing of arms), pull it to me, get myself into the chair and slowly wheel myself to the phone. By this time, despite the pain, I became convinced that I had severely sprained my ankle, not broken it, and there was no need to call my daughter home from work. It's part of that, "I hate to be a burden" thing.

Picture this — I wheeled myself to the kitchen on my makeshift wheelchair, formerly known as my office chair, and managed to put an ice bag together. Then I wheeled myself back and scooted back onto the couch that had broken my fall. Considering we have tile floors, the couch was positioned in just the right place to prevent me from what probably would have been further injuries.  I proceeded to do the RICE regimen, you know — Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. Well, actually, I didn't do the compression bandage, I didn't have an Ace bandage nearby, so I guess I just did the RIE regimen until my daughter came home about five hours later. I called her when I thought she would be on her way home, told her what happened and ask her to bring me more ibuprofen and ice. Being the dutiful and thoughtful daughter she is, she came in the door with one of those ice bags that work better than a plastic baggie, a gel pad, an ankle brace wrap thingy and more ibuprofen. She waited on my hand and foot all weekend, even making me pancakes and turkey sausage for breakfast on Saturday. We watched TV, I finally read Water For Elephants and I slept a lot. Basically, I did just what you're supposed to do, I stayed off my feet all weekend, except for the bathroom runs. Between my daughter, my office chair and a cane, I managed that little chore just fine.

My foot is still swollen, but the pain is MUCH better and while I can stand and put a little weight on my foot, I'm not walking. I can't sit at the computer for very long or the swelling starts to increase, but I am slowly starting to move my foot around a bit while in a prone position.

As for the My Other Self post, I'm still going to post it later this week, but I will tell you right now…

my other self will not be such a klutz!

If you think this sounds like fun — the My Other Self post, not the ankle sprain thing — go read Karen's post and do one for your other self. I look forward to reading them.

Right now, I'm going to RICE some more and will be back later to see if your weekend was more fun than mine.

Note: It was fun to be waited on hand and foot though!

Today's Ocean Fact: Great White Sharks migrate long distances. Some make journeys from South Africa to Australia – a round trip of 20,000 miles. It’s the longest recorded migration of any fish.Smithsonian Ocean Portal

16 Thoughtful Comments:

The Decorative Dreamer said...

Oh no! I am so sorry to hear this. I would be just beside myself with frustration. Very glad this happened when you were staying with your daughter though, instead of living on your own. I hope it gets better soon and you may want to get it checked out if not. Cause if it's fractured you really will want one of those boots. They aren't pretty but atleast you'll be more mobile. Take care my friend!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

That really stinks though! I hope you feel better each day and take it easy with the jumping and running! Be good to yourself..and your other self! hugs! ♥

Ms. Bake-it said...

Oh my! I concede, your weekend was worse than mine! Although it is not a laughing matter, I had to chuckle though when I read how you utilized the chair. A few years ago when I fell in my kitchen that is how my boys helped me get up and to the couch. I thought it was pretty darn clever!

Keep off that foot until the swelling is gone and get plenty of rest! I will keep you in my prayers.


Lindsay-ann said...

Hi Rhonda
Oh no! Sorry to hear about your accident. Hope your foot soon heals and you start to feel better. Glad you have your daughter there to look after you.
Looking forward to hearing about your other self.

Jane said...

Oh dear! This has been a terrible couple of weeks for you!!!
Stay off your foot and let it heal. I know, for you, that's a very difficult thing to do, but unless you allow it to heal, you won't be able to search for your shells...driftwood...etc. (Does that encourage you to be good?)
Hugs and Aleve,

Della said...

Definitely no shelling for you! Big ouch! From one klutz to another I feel for you honey! Remember being able to bounce back from something like that when you were younger? It's hell to get old! I've used an office chair as a makeshift wheelchair many times. Between the lupus thing, and being a klutz, I've so been there.

I hope you are well on the mend, and will be back to doing everything you love real soon!
Big (((hugs)))

Sue said...

Oh no! I've actually had a couple of friends break their ankles doing exactly this. I guess we could say you are lucky, but I'm sure you must be getting restless. I don't know about you, but I don't hold still very well!

Anonymous said...

Sending you a giant cyber box of band-aids and a bouquet of pink roses from my garden.

Karen said...

oooh nooooo..... Ouch is right!!!..

And I, too, am looking forward to meeting your other self. :-)

Low Tide High Style said...

Oh my girl, I'm glad you are feeling better! I've had that happen, stand up on an ankle that is fast asleep and have it crumple right out from underneath you...ouch! I hope you are going to at least get it checked out if it's not 100% better very soon! You may still have done something to it. I walked around on a broken foot for over a week once! Feel better!

Kat :)

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

You have not had a good week my friend. You need some homemade chicken noodle soup, a hot toddy, a good book and a comfy quilt. I am sending you a cyber hug, altho it won't help much, but its the thought that counts. Please get your foot checked out. I cracked a bone in my foot several years ago and never went to the dr. and to this day it bothers me. Hope you feel better soon.

Beach House Living said...

Oh Gracious!
Absolutely get your foot looked at. I could picture this story. I fell cleaning the shower tile walls once not fun.

CHERI said...

I am sooo sorry about your fall. I definitely can identify with you. A few months back I fell down our stairs and sprained my ankle badly. It HURT and I felt so stupid for letting such a thing happen. Thankfully it wasn't worse that it was. Hope you will be on the mend soon.

Kaybe said...

Oh, not the foot! We are going to have to devise some sort of combination beach chair/jazzy if you keep this up. I hope you are healing up quickly.

Love ya!

Gypsy Heart said...

That is not fun! Don't you think it might be wise to have it x-rayed? Could be a small fracture...
I so hope you feel better each day!

Just found your blog and LOVE the shells! I am going to check out your Etsy shop now.

Take good care ~

rjerdee said...

As Norwegians say, "UFFDA!"

I love the beach and everything that goes with it! I love the waves lapping at my feet. I love the feel of the sand between my toes. I love the roar of the Pacific and the gentle waves of the Gulf of Mexico in Florida. Let's talk about beaches around the world, bonfires, building sandcastles, swaying palm trees, flamingos, clambakes, sunrises and sunsets. If it's tropical, it fits this blog!


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