Sunday, October 30, 2011

You should see the other guy! This is NOT a mug shot!

Warning--content may be upsetting to small children and sensitive adults.

Actually, there is no "other guy".  I did this all by myself.

Friday evening, about 5:30, I was transporting some plants to the basement for the winter.  On my first trip down, I don't know why, I fell OFF the stairs to the left. I fell onto a collapsible clothes drying rack--it collapsed (hence, the name) with me on top of it, face down. My head hit a bucket that holds my cleaning rags. There I lay, on m'belly, with a painful right arm/shoulder. Thankfully the phone was right there and I called Rick. He was home in a few minutes, helped me up (very slowly) and we went to the ER.

My experience at the hospital was less than adequate for about the first hour.  A little teenage volunteer asked us to fill out a questionnaire.  Rick starts to fill it out and a woman comes over and asks, "Why are you here?".  I answer, "I fell."  She replies, "Are you hurt?" and so many sarcastic comments come to mind, but I replied, "Yes, I hurt my arm and my face."

Anyway, after several bumbling, rude, insensitive and less-than-gentle staff, I got a great doctor and nurse and my care level skyrocketed!  Thankfully my arm isn't broken, I don't have a concussion, no blood on my brain.

I will hopefully see the orthopedist tomorrow about the dislocated shoulder and ligament damage. 

As I look back, I'm very fortunate I am not hurt more than I am and I'm very grateful for that.


  1. OMGoodness. I am glad that it isn't worse than that, but I think you did sufficient damage from the look and sound of things. Take care. I hope you won't be too sore.

  2. Wow you really did a number on yourself Helen. I'm so sorry that happened and that your initial greetings at the hospital weren't so good. But you had good care where it counted with the doctor and nurse and I'm thankful for that. Good luck with the next round! blessings, marlene

  3. O my goodness,OUCH ......... you poor thing! How good it is that the injuries are not of the more serious nature and that you were able to get help after the fall. Wishing you a very restful and safe mending time. Blessings to you.


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