Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Part 2: Ring My Bell

Sorry. I now realize that yesterday's post may have been a bit alarming and that was not my intention. (posting with my iphone in the ER was not the easiest) I really thought I would be back home after a few hours and able to post an update right away. This was not the case. As they told me at the hospital, I got my bell rung pretty hard. I ended up spending six and a half hours in an ER that was so over crowded that I was left outside in my bed in the hallway (like an old lady in the nursing home) I want that six hours back! Overall, I can't complain though, because I was very lucky.

This happened yesterday morning at 6:30 am. I woke my kids for school then went down the kitchen to let the dogs out and to get the morning paper. I took ONE step outside, to go down the four cement stairs to the newspaper, and went down the stairs I did. Just not the way I normally would. Overnight, a deadly coat of black ice had covered the ground outside. I don't remember much, because it happened so fast, but I hit the ground and smashed the back of my head on the fourth cement stair in about a second and a half. I could not move for a good 7 or 8 seconds. My body was literally paralyzed by the jolt to my brain. After I regained movement, I crawled back up the stairs, into the house and screamed for my kids. They were all I could think of and I was alone with them-My Guy was in Florida. My son came running and found his mom crying at the bottom of the stairs. He got me some ice for my head and sat next to me while I contemplated my next move.

Normally, I drive them to school and knew that I probably shouldn't do that considering my extremities were still tingling and I probably had a concussion. I made a few calls to find someone to pick them up for school but my attempts were unsuccessful. I had no choice, I had to call 911. I figured at most, I could get checked out and maybe they could give my kids a ride to school. My poor babies, they were so worried, but I was assured them that I couldn't be that bad if I was reminding them to brush their hair and teeth before leaving. With my kids safely on their way to school, I let the paramedics talk me into a trip to the hospital.

(do I win an award here for posting the most unflattering photo of my self in the ambulance?? Someone tell that Grant Miller Media Guy!!)

I am OK today, but SORE as hell! The back of my head and my back are friggin killing me. I broke no bones or ribs-thank god-and have a few minor scrapes and bruises. I have a concussion, which explains my constant dizzyness,unless I am lying down. They gave me a script for Percoset, but I am afraid to take it. Isn't that the stuff that people get addicted to?? No thanks, I'll tough it out with Advil and take my chances. I don't do well with narcotics. I don't like the dizzy feeling and am hoping it will go away soon. The docs say dizzyness is a result of the concussion and should go away in two or three days.

Thank you so much for your well wishes and concern. I swear I wasn't trying to solicit your sympathy or worry you. Super Woman really thought she was going to be ok and back in business after a few hours. The funniest thing was when the paramedic, who was a very cool guy, said to me in the ambulance, "Did you just take a picture of yourself?"

The things we do for our blogger buddies.

25 comments:

Dr Zibbs said...

Wow. Hope you're feeling better. Pretty scary.

Scope said...

I mean this with all the sympathy and compassion in the world: YOU HAVE GOT TO MAKE THAT PICTURE YOUR NEW AVITAR!

Sorry, screaming probably not good for the headache.

Lie down, get some rest, and don't overdo it.

BTW - How did the kids get to school?

the iNDefatigable mjenks said...

The winter before I met my wife, her mother went tearing out of the house to chase some squirrels off the bird feeder. She didn't realize it was all icy outside, and she did the Candy's Daily Dandy Dive off the back deck. She ended up breaking her back and had to spend the rest of the winter in a wheel chair.

She's fine now, but at the same time, I've learned a lesson about slowly attempting to navigate outdoors when there's any amount of ice.

Glad to see you're a little better. I think Percs are what Elvis was so fond of. I've taken them for various pains, and they give you really funky dreams. I'm not addicted. Really. The shaking is just because...I'm cold. I swear.

Scope said...

And remember, you don't have to be a super-hero. You can let people help you. Take all the sympathy help you can get. Dr.'s orders.

And if something feel wrong, get it checked out. And make Friday a spa day. You do so much for so many, take the time you need to get back to square. Don't rush it.

And my word verification is "reted". Sort of how I feel.

Tova Darling said...

Oh my gosh!!!!! Ouch, ouch, ouch. I am SO glad you're ok!! Take it easy, eat lots of Godiva Chocolate, and take long bubble baths.

AngieS said...

Let your kids take care of you, and rest. I'm glad you're ok!

Thanks for your kind comments!

Heff said...

Holy Krap !!! Hope you heal up soon. I know what you mean about taking the photo. I often take pictures to blog while inside restaurants, and feel like a complete DICK when I do it ! Donna always explains to the waiter, "It's o.k. He's a blogger", which comes across more like, "He's retarded. Please excuse Heff" !

Chloie said...

Hope your feeling better. Anyway, there's an award for you at my blog that might help...

LegalMist said...

Wow, you really do love us, taking photos for your blog even while in an ambulance on the way to the hospital. You are my new supermom / superblogger hero.

I do hope you are back to normal quickly. Head injuries are so scary. I'm glad it wasn't worse! Take good care of yourself.

Lisa said...

Wow. A concussion, strapped down, a ride in an ambulance and you still thought of and had the energy to take the photo for us! I'm impressed and yes, you really are Super Woman!

LYDIA said...

You take it easy! I am glad you are ok - I didn't see your post yesterday since I haven't been on blogger for a few days, but I am glad all is well.

Cora said...

Candy, I'm so glad you're okay!! How scary!

However, I have to tell you that taking a pic of yourself in the ambulance is BRILLIANT! Only someone with a blog would think to do that, right? Hee hee hee. I love it!! :-)

Julia said...

I hope you feel better. That is hilarious thought that you were snapping pictures in the ambulance. Where was your camera?

Alex Galvez said...

I cannot believe I didn't think of this!!!! You must have increased your blog traffic greatly by this stunt!! And those pics look real! Seriously, be careful. Watch that weather!! Here it's supposed to dip down in the low 70's!! BBBrrrrrrr. Hope you feel better.

Gwen said...

Whew. I was worried. I am mightily impressed that you took the picture. Blog runs thick in your veins and I love it.

Sass said...

Are you just trying to get on the "blogs of note" feature? ;)

I'm so glad you're doing okay. Don't be a martyr. Get some rest, follow the doctor's orders, and by all means, take some drugs. ;)

Poobomber said...

I hope you go and kick that hard ground's ass for hurting you.

Scope said...

Candy,

Incase you still not feeling up to it, I tried to cover for you with a fashion based posting.

And I think nothing says "dandy" like my fashion choices.

Hope all's well,
Eric

Joe D. said...

Nice picture. . .uh like I said before I'm glad you're alright now maybe you can use all this free time to start reading my blog again :)

Piece o' Coconut Cake said...

Wow, sorry for all that. you're back must be KILLING you...and a concussion. Sheesh. Although, maybe it was all worth it just to be able to post the paramedic's comment.

Col said...

Hey, I love a person that is dedicated. And you are dedicated. To have thought to have taken that picture when you did was inspirational. Man alive sister, I shall be following your future exploits for sure. How can you top that?

Whiskeymarie said...

I had a concussion this summer- no fun. I didn't take any "real" drugs either- mostly because by the time I realized I had a concussion (didn't bother to go to the hospital, idiot that I am), I was already on the mend.
Take it easy- these things can take a while to heal. For me, it was a few weeks before I felt normal.

~E said...

I would be worried about you but the way I see it nobody who was really really badly injured would ever have the forethought to snap a pic of themselves like that.

Good job!

And I guess while I'm here I should tell you that I'm really glad you're ok.

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Mrs. Holly Hall said...

wow, this was a year ago but wow.

and hells YA!! that photo wins some sort of prize.

cause dammit, strapped to a board in the back of an ambulance requires any blogger worth her salt to snap an iphone pic!!

;)