II DO NOT SUGGEST ANYONE DOING WHAT I DID. PLEASE LISTEN ALWAYS TO YOUR OWN BODY!
Hard. Fast. Unforgiving. All of it happened on Sunday morning.
Flying backwards before I knew what was happening I hit on the way down a cold hard tiled floor mainly with my right elbow and right sitting bone. BAM! The door that I had my full weight upon, the latch suddenly decided to open and without warning, there was nothing but air behind me. Wildly my arms flew about in panic but my hands found nothing to help break that fall.
It just happened too fast.
At the last moment instinct came into play and what I learned in Martial Arts eons ago I must have done. Tight tight, hold yourself in a ball, but relax, and roll with the fall. I cannot explain it any other way. I think this is what I did.
Stunned, sprawled on my tiled floor, not knowing where I was, or what happened, I could not move and was so afraid to move much less stand up. No one to help me. I was alone and terrified. OMG!!! My back my back! That is all my mind was screaming.
Numb, so so numb. Why why could I not feel? Where was I hurt? I didn’t know. I sat on that floor trying to assess where I was hurt. And for the life of me I couldn’t feel a thing but terror.
Getting to a standing position took some doing. I was just so afraid to move anything too fast. Still not feeling any pain I slowly rose to a standing position. I seemed intact.
As the day wore on my right sitting bone began to hurt. And so ice I applied and I rested trying to figure out what to do as in going to the ER. Yet I stayed on the couch. Maybe tomorrow I’d go if I awoke with a lot of pain.
The next morning arrived and still I had barely any pain. Hell yeah when pressure was applied on that right sitting bone it hurt. Oh yeah!
By afternoon after a walk to try to get me to de-numb I made a decision to go to a Mash Urgent Care. Just to be on the safe side the decision was made. When I arrived, the young man at the receptionist desk was very polite and so nice, telling me after I gave him the information that was required that there would only be a short wait.
Sure enough I had just sat down when I heard my name called. I identified myself, got up and began to walk towards the young girl who instructed me to follow her into a room. She entered the room first and with me still walking towards that room, she asked, “Name please?” I said nothing but continued to walk into the room.
She asked me a second time for my name, this time with impatience in her voice. I looked at her and replied, “I heard you the first time you asked me and besides you already know my name.” The tone in my voice plainly said how rude she had been to me. What is up with all the rushing and being in a hurry all the time these days? And how rude to ask me a question when I was in the hall and she in the room I was headed towards.
Then the zinger. Question two. Are your immunizations up to date?
This time with a bit of ire in my voice, this young woman was told this was not the reason why I am here and besides I do not do immunizations. Make sure that is charted. Thank you!
*eye roll*!!!! You have got to be kidding me!
She got the message. Things went smoothly after that as she took my vital signs. From there I was shown into another room to meet a doctor. Good. I really hoped X-rays would be done just to check if all was all right. Oh man, was I worried about my back! The years I have spent working to keep this back of mine strong and healthy as possible and all that could be flushed down the toilet from a stupid accident.
The doctor entered the room, examined me, and told me X-rays were not necessary and I seem all right except for contusions. He agreed with me about the ice that I had been doing and told me to continue to apply it. He also told me if the pain increased to either come back or go to an ER.
I honestly would have felt a whole lot better if he had ordered X-rays of my pelvis. Just to make sure. You know? Evidently he didn’t quite understand the LONG history I have with my back.
So here I am, just turned 60, taking a really hard fall on really hard flooring and no great damage. I’m telling you the impact of that fall could have with someone else broken bones. The only reason why I walked away basically unscathed except for bruising on my right elbow (nothing on my butt!) is because I firmly believe my diet and my exercise program have strengthened my body so much that a worse case scenario was prevented. Let me tell you. It pays to be eat healthy and it certainly pays to exercise.
OH believe me am I grateful for just a bit of soreness and nothing beyond that. Thank goodness I am OK! And I am so grateful that I have a scheduled massage appointment this week as well. Coupled with a Chiropractic adjustment I’ll be good as new!
Photography/ “Fallen But Not Defeated”/July 2017©AmyRose
Photograph taken at Chestnut Ridge County Park, NY, yesterday. The damage seen here in this image was from the tornadoes we had here several weeks ago. I was so relieved not to see more trees down where I go hiking.