Thursday, 4 October 2012

How plans can change!

You see, my plan was to get a good night's sleep last night, then spend the day working as a Teaching Assistant with my lovely Year 2 class, before meeting up with The Boy (who was going to walk to our school to meet us after he finished early because of an open evening at his school) and taking him and The Tomboy to their reading group, then dashing back home to grab a quick bite to eat before attending my 3-hour class, and finally looking over my course notes before watching a bit of TV with The Doctor and then off to bed for an early night after just another normal busy day....

My plan did NOT include remembering, just after going to bed last night, that I needed to take a particular document into work with me, hopping out of bed to find it, then misjudging the last stair in the dark and landing with my foot at 90 degrees to my leg. *Owwww!!!*

My plan did NOT involve frightening and upsetting The Boy, who heard me cry out and was most concerned about me, bless him. Neither did it involve The Doctor having to dial 999 for an ambulance, or dragging my poor The Mother out of bed to come over and look after The Children while we went off to A&E. It certainly didn't involve spending 5 hours in hospital, having various checks, 5 x-rays, a second opinion from another doctor, and being sent home with crutches, strong painkillers, and strict instructions to rest with my foot up for a few days :(

I didn't exactly plan for those painkillers to make me feel nauseous, light-headed, dry-mouthed and otherwise quite peculiar, either - think I need to give my doctor a call, as I suspect I may have developed an allergy to Co-Codamol...

It doesn't look so bad in this photo - close up the bruising is rather more severe, and there's a lot of swelling (my ankles are normally very skinny!)

But oh, I'm so thankful that it isn't any worse - the doctors are pretty sure there's no break, though it is a nasty sprain; a broken ankle would have taken so much longer to heal, and affected our lives rather more, too! But it could have been worse still. I only missed the bottom step, so didn't have far to fall. I know of several cases where people have died after falling on stairs. Yes, I feel very thankful that I only have a bad sprain to worry about.

I'm also so thankful that The Boy did hear me, and that he came to check and me and fetched his dad. The Doctor was fast asleep and I might have been a bit stuck otherwise! My (not so) little hero :)

And I'm so thankful that The Mother lives nearby, and was able and so very willing to come over at once to help us out. She got some sleep on our sofa but I know she didn't exactly have a comfortable or restful night. She's also being great at helping us out with getting The Children where they need to be for the next few days. Thanks, Mum!

Last, but not least, I'm so thankful to the medical staff who cared for me last night. Special mention to Rachel and Kerry, the ambulance team, who were wonderful; to Sarah, the student nurse, for whom nursing and caring is clearly a vocation; and to the x-ray-er, whose name I didn't catch, but whose sympathetic and gentle manner helped me greatly while I had to manoeuvre my foot into various uncomfortable positions for the necessary x-rays.

Meanwhile, I may as well take advantage of this enforced rest to catch up with you, lovely blog friends! Every cloud has a silver lining..... xx

30 comments:

Mary B said...

Ouch Ouch Ouch Mel {{{{{{{{{{{huggles}}}}}}}} not at all a nice thing to do. hope it heals very quickly

Jimjams said...

Ouch ouch ouch! GWS xxx

I misjudged the last stair on Wednesday night and jolted my left (un-operated upon) elbow so badly that I was nauseous with shock for 10 minutes. Luckily ibuprofen and TLC from Hubby were sufficient treatment.

Glad you were well taken care of too.

Sian said...

Ooer! That does sound nasty. I hope that the painkillers are helping and that you are taking it easy. Get well soon! x

Ruth said...

Goodness, that does sound painful! Do hope you are on the mend very soon. x

scrappyjacky said...

Oh no,Mel....that sounds really painful....make sure you do take it easy for the next few days.

Tammy said...

Oh, ouch! Hope you are resting and the meds are helping!! And that it heals quickly.

Cheri said...

OUCH! Do take the doctor's advice and rest that foot. Hope you feel better soon.

Kirsty.a said...

Oh dear. rest and get better soon.

JO SOWERBY said...

ouch indeed, and yes i have broken mine before and it does hurt and take well over 6 months to sort out. so glad for the boy, the doctor and the hospital staff and the xrayer is a radiographer xxxxx.
wishing u a speedy recovery. arnica for the bruising is gr8, and use hot then cold in rotation for the swelling.
jo xxxxx

Maria Ontiveros said...

Oh no! Having just seen my girl go through the whole crutches thing, I know it's no fun.
Rinda

Nicole K/GothamGal said...

Thinking of you. I am glad that everything seems to have turned out for the best. Sending out prayers for you to heal quickly (while getting some rest!)...

:-)

Scrappi Sandi said...

Ooooh! OUCH!! Been there...Done that!! Make the most of your enforced rest & you're not alone with a queasy reaction to painkillers but your GP will sort you out with an alternative I'm sure! Get some Arnica Gel on that bruising...it'll bring it out so much quicker! Sending {{Hugs}} :D

furrypig said...

gosh you poor thing get well soon and make the most of your time resting ie lotsa surfing and blogging xxx

Ladkyis said...

Make sure you do rest it! Mr M had a severe bi-lateral sprain that kept him off work for three months and the doctor told him that a break would have healed more quickly. I think yoiu should get the painkillers changed as soon as possible because it does sound like you are "sensitive" to them. I am sending healing hugs and soothing thoughts

Karen said...

Oh dear! Hope you are not in too much pain and fighting fit soon.

The Mann Fam said...

Ouch! I hope the pain meds go easier on your tummy and the pain in your limbs subside quickly. Take care. Thank goodness for your little man.

debs14 said...

Oh no, this is not good! Hope the bruising subsides soon and that you find a more Mel-friendly painkiller. Try and enjoy being waited on hand and foot (excuse the pun) because the more you rest it, the sooner it will heal (another pun!)

alexa said...

Oh no, Mel! You have made this such a great piece of writing, in the midst of the pain and discomfort :). Hoping it heals well - I was going to add 'quickly' but perhaps some time ay home catching up on creative things might be more therapeutic!

Fay aka Beautifullily said...

Oh gosh! Wishing you a very speedy recovery

Louise said...

oh Mel! thankfully you didn't break anything. You rest up and get well soon x

Missus Wookie said...

Oh no :( Ouch indeed, as one who has also done this I empathise and would like you to learn from someone else's mistakes.... DON'T RUSH the healing. seriously baby it for longer than you think, do all the PT's stupid exercises and then you won't years after badly spraining your ankle feel it give way as you walk/dance/stand because it never healed properly.

not that I'd know anything about that obviously....

Find some painkillers you can take - they'll help with the swelling, lots of ice and yep blog reading is a good thing. Or crafting if you can do it sitting down!

Alison said...

I WONDERED what the foot injury mention in the comment you left was about...thought I'd missed something last week! I really do hope you have found a painkiller that works for you and that you're up and about soon...just don't rush it!
Alison xx

Sandie said...

Popping over to say Hi & sorry to hear about your fall. It shows that it doesn't take much to put you out of action - good job it was just the bottom stair! Wishing you a speedy recovery and looking forward to seeing you in March at the residential.

Julie J said...

Oh no - how dreadful. Co-codamol has a similar effect on me - generally when the dose is higher than required to control the pain. The only time it doesn't make me feel sick is when I really need something strong (not that often with me - I think I have a fairly high threshold). If you're not in agony try a lower dose/something less strong.

Karen said...

How awful! I did almost the same thing two years ago while visiting Sarah. I didn't end up on crutches, but wore an ankle brace for many weeks as well as PT for many weeks. My orthopedic doctor told me I would have been better off to have broken it. It would have healed more quickly! Here's hoping yours doesn't take so long to heal, and that the pain will soon subside.

Fiona@staring at the sea said...

Oh my goodness Mel. I quite see why this was not what you had planned. Wishing you a speedy recovery x

Jennie Hart said...

Oh no Mel, what a fright. I am glad it is going to be ok, I think the others are right and you must make sure you heal properly. Take good care. x

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

Oh my! I hope it heals quickly for you1

dogmatix said...

A nasty but good reminder that stairs can be dangerous (says the person who regularly leaps up and down them 2 at a time and has nearly tumbled down them on too many occasions!!!)

I hope it heals soon xxx

Ginger said...

Mel that is unfortunate!! sorry to hear of this. I hope it heals quickly, though I do know from my own experience it takes a long time. Your doctors advice is the best - to rest it :)