“He slides into second with a stand up double.”

The rain started yesterday morning and continued into this morning. It was at times gentle and at other times fierce torrents. Puddles formed in the lower parts of some roads. The cars in front of me alerted me to the puddles and I drove slowly. One puddle was so high it was almost up to the top of my tires. The cape has no sewer systems so the rain has nowhere to go.ย Yesterday afternoon I had to brave the deluge and run to my car. I got soaked. I sat there just a bit when all of a sudden there was a clap of thunder and a bolt of lightning. I love thunder storms

Last night the wind was tremendous, and the rain pounded my roof. Had I been Noah, I would have hoped the ark was ready.

I did go to the dump yesterday during a lull from the heavy rain; however, as my luck would have it, the rain started just as I got to the first recycle bin. But the guy there told me to stay in my car, and I did. Next stop was the trash bins. I unloaded my trunk and asked the guy there to throw them in the bins as the bags were too heavy for me to do that. Why were they too heavy you might ask. I have the answer.

Almost two weeks ago I slid out my door and fell. I used my right hand to brace myself when my left foot went sliding. I sat on the step a while until my leg and my hand mostly stopped hurting. Well, they never really did stop hurting. Sleeping has been intermittent. The pain from movement wakes me up as do my own groans. It took a couple of days before I could use my hand. The swelling mostly went down. The problem was I couldn’t lift any thing with that hand, and I had to find a comfortable position so it didn’t hurt. Saturday and Sunday my hand was so painful I decided to have it checked. I went to Urgent Care where I had x-rays. I have a fracture. That totally surprised me. The doctor wants me to see an ortho in case I need surgery. My hand is now encased in one of those velcro sorts of casts. I’ll call my doctor for a referral.

This is the first time I ever remember sliding. I am the falling sort. I guess I have falling down pat as I haven’t ever been hurt. Now I’ll have to work on sliding.

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27 Comments on ““He slides into second with a stand up double.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    After 9 long record setting consecutive days, it has finally stopped snowing. The skies are blue, the air is arctic and the piles are feet high. I realize that the demands of my driveway have delivered the fitbit addicted 10,000 steps.

    im6 was nice enough to send me a new Beck song this morning. I tried to reciprocate by recommending “Babylon Berlin”. I am through 14 of the 16 episodes and it continues to hold my attention. Birgit – have you read the books ? an English translation has shown up at amazon for the first two.

    So a fracture it is. I will be waiting to hear if you are ortho worthy. Welcome to a not very exclusive club of those who have “benefitted” from an ice fall.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I am glad your snow has finally stopped. It looks pretty until you realize it has to be shoveled. I stopped shoveling a long time ago. That’s what. Skip is for.

      My typing is bad. M hand hurts and my cast of sorts hits random keys. I am spending almost as much time correcting as I am writing.

      I have to call my doctor. It is on my list to do next. I’m hoping that this odd cast will be the end. Is there a secret handshake??

      • Hedley Says:

        I think a secret handshake means that you are a member of the freemasons.

        Don’t correct typos, it will be more fun trying to guess what you mean.

      • katry Says:

        MDH,
        I wold think that then frat cure club would at. least. have a handshake.

    • Birgit Says:

      Hedley, no, I haven’t read the books and won’t do it before I see Babylon on TV. I don’t like it when my reading imagination differs from movie actors and settings. Maybe afterwards, maybe never.
      I wasn’t sure whether I should see it on TV at all but reading your comments I think I should ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Hedley Says:

        Birgit – Definitely watch it.

        Netflix gave us both series 1 and series 2 so there are 16 episodes. Even with the distraction of subtitles, it is terrific. Of course, I am preoccupied with how it will end, the historical accuracy of the setting and when Series 3 will be complete.

        Waiting in Detroit for your review – its Spurs and Juve tomorrow in the Champions League

  2. greg washington Says:

    emulating Olympic athletes could be hazardous to your health!

  3. sprite Says:

    Kat, I’m sorry about the fracture, but I’m not surprised to hear it. I broke my wrist roller skating as a kid, and your symptoms were similar to mine.

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, sprite

      I was thinking it was getting better. The fracture surprised me. I am able to use my fingers and my hand in certain directions so I figured it was getting better. It wasn’t even hurts the I do nothing.

  4. Birgit Says:

    Ouch! I hope your hand heals fast and without complications.
    Maybe a Pats sweatshirt is not enough and you should add sports protection gear when you practice sliding next time?

    Today is the main carnival day here. It’s not so big in the region where I live and I was surprised to read that 30,000 people saw the nearby suburb parade. I don’t know why, never been there and I’m sick anyway. Kids may come tomorrow and ask for candies. I’m prepared.
    It looks like my old faithful computer won’t live to see its 10th birthday next month, booting is a matter of luck by now and it’s too old to spend money in main spare parts. A cheap new or used computer will do, I just hate to set up the Linux-system yet again.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I have requested a referral to an ortho which is what the doctor suggested when she saw the fracture on the X-ray. I hope there is no problem with the break. I’m beginning to think I do need protective gear when I get off the couch or out of bed.

      I haven’t ever been to carnival. I don’t even know any outside New Orleans. I didn’t t know there were any in Germany and giving out candy is something I knew nothing about.

      Last year my computer died, and I spent big money on a new MacBook. After using my Mac for so long, I can’t ever imagine going back to windows. I know nothing about Linux.

  5. im6 Says:

    I knew it. I hate to say I told you so, but I told you so. The symptoms you mentioned were all too familiar. When I was moving about 20 years ago, I lost my footing on a box and jammed my little finger on the door frame. Same feelings you were experiencing and, sure enough, the finger was fractured. Had a cast to my elbow for six weeks (all for one little finger!). They say you’re supposed to ROLL when you realize you’re falling. Of course, that’s completely NON instinctual — bracing yourself for a fall is only natural. But maybe next time you’ll know and remember. Not that I hope there is a next time ๐Ÿ™‚ Heal fast!

    • katry Says:

      im6,
      Gee, I never. thought you’d say I told you so!!

      I slid and sat on the step I slid on. Rolling would have me going down 2 steps and making the matter worse. Between stepping and sliding it was like 2 seconds, no time to think, but rolling would not have what I thought.

      My wrist is just in one of those velcro things. I can use my fingers but not to press or carry anything. I was really surprised when she said it was fractured.

      • im6 Says:

        Lucky you. I had one of those hard plaster casts which went from my hand to my elbow. I guess the little finger is a bit more complex than I ever thought. Sounds like you did the best you could in a bad situation by just sitting down in place. Something tells me all those scenes in movies where people fall down flights of stairs and then get up and walk away are just that, scenes in movies. Doesn’t seem realistic, does it?

      • katry Says:

        im6,
        My sitting down in place was entirely happenstance. That’s just where I ended up.

        Also in movies are those unconvincing fight scenes where people pummel each other and end up with a bloody nose.

  6. Spaceman Says:

    Oh no!

    • katry Says:

      Spaceman,
      Yup, I’m almost finished online as I have to hold my hand a weird way so it doesn’t hurt. I still can’t believe that slide.

      • Spaceman Says:

        I went with a lady friend to keep her company while her teenage son (Ben) was having shoulder surgery in Birmingham about 20 years. Before the surgery, I suggested to Ben that he might try the old joke where you ask the doc if you still do an activity after the surgery. The joke part is the activity is something you couldn’t do to begin with. Well I’ll be durned if Ben came back from surgery semi-consciousness and asked the Doc if he could play ice hockey. And the doc said sure. Then Ben said, great, I never could before. The Doc got really mad. I never dreamed in a million years that Ben would actually do the joke or the doc would fall for it. Ben still claims he didn’t remember anything post surgery. Mischief will get you in trouble sometimes. We still havea good laugh about it.

        Hopefully you wan’t have to do surgery.

      • katry Says:

        Spaceman,
        That’s a really well known joke. Obviously the doctor had no sense of humor. Nobody should take himself that seriously. I’d laugh right along with you.

  7. Bob Says:

    OMG, we in our golden years not only have achs and pains, forgetful moments and balance instability we also have brittle bones. I can’t remember how many times I’ve fallen as a kid and only once broke my arm falling from the top of a jungle jim. When I recently fell on my from my driveway to the apartment I recalled the elderly woman on the TV commercial who didn’t have the first alert necklace, “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up”. I used to laugh at those commercials but I’m not laughing any longer.

    As our life expectancy extends we have to look forward to packages of Depends adult diapers, hearing aids, walkers and living in an assisted living facility. Hopefully, our friends in the Congress and 45 don’t mess up Social Security and Medicare.

    The sun came out today here in Toronto with a high temperature of minus 4 degrees Celcius. When in Canada act like a Canadian. Here on the CBC news this morning they only mentioned 45 once. It’s nice visiting a country that cares for it’s citizens with national healthcare, welcomes refugee families and doesn’t degrade woman and anyone who is not Trump.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I slid and ended up sitting on the step for a while. My arm and leg hurt a bit and my butt got wet from sitting on the icy mat. I never thought I had broken anything. I had to have it checked as my arm and hand kept hurting, still do.

      So far I’ve needed only glasses, now bifocals. I refuse all the rest. I don’t have social security or medicare. I have teacher’s retirement which congress can’t touch.

      I will not make Trump be the country. Canada has a government that cares for its citizens. We do not. We have Trump and the republicans who only care for themselves.

  8. Coleen Says:

    I only have one word to say…oops!

    I am hoping you feel better soon…Mets pitchers and catchers reported today and start workouts later in the week. When do your Sox report?

    THAT should cheer you up… ๐Ÿ™‚

    Waving with a (not-yet) broken hand (at least this week),

    Coleen

  9. olof1 Says:

    I’m glad You went to check that hand of Yours! It is always a bad sign when You can’t lift anything with it. I hope it heals reasonable fast. A work friend of mine slid too but he hit his hand from the wrong side and got a really bad brake. Last year he slid and broke his leg even more bad. He still isn’t especially good in that leg.

    The wind blew hard here too yesterday but today has been almost eerily calm. Well I don’t notice much here since the wind seldom reach this place but I noticed it at work. Long time since we had thunder in winter though, last time I can remember was during a really bad storm around christmas time one year. It was amazing since it snowed at the same time ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a great day and take care!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I find that even though my fingers work my wrist doesn’t. I kn ow exactly where the break is as the pain radiated from there.

      That was a terrific rainstorm. I was surprised by the thunder and lightning, but pleasantly surprised as I love thunder storms.

      Cold today!

      Have a great evening!!


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