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Marilee J. Layman

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05:11 am: Fall Down Go Boom
I'm writing this now because I may be too achy to type and sit up tomorrow.

I was just getting ready to go to bed about 3am when I heard the papers come. Usually Luke is up before me and gets the papers and leaves mine at my door. I thought I'd do it for him and went outside. The papers were on the ramp and I picked one up okay, but when I was bending for the other, I fell. It's a short ramp, just a step-worth, and I fell off to the side on the grass, primarily landing on my butt. I did hit my right hand and scrape part of my palm on the concrete stoop and it was bleeding like crazy. I muttered and said "damn." I'm really bad at cursing. I managed to sort of roll up onto the stoop, throw one paper at the bottom of Luke's door, and then scoot up to where I could reach the doorknob.

I threw the paper in first and then while I was scooting in (the laminate was an excellent idea -- once I was in the door, I could scoot very easily to a chair to pull up on), Shiva bounced out over me. Once I was up, and had a hankie wrapped around my hand, I tried going out to call, but I'm not very stable (no brain injury, just from falling), and when he did come close, he was scared of me (he knows he's not supposed to go out). So I put the shades up on the sliding glass door and went out and tried sitting in the chair on the porch, but he was still afraid.

I came in to call Advice (partly to document the fall and partly to make sure I could just treat this scrape like a little one) and shut the sliding glass door, but left the shades up. About 10 minutes in to talking with the Advice nurse (they talk to you a while to make sure you don't have a head injury -- have to describe things three or four different times), he came to the sliding glass door and I went to open it and he stepped away, so I backed off and he jumped back in. I shut the door and sat back down to finish with the Advice nurse. I kept assuring her that I was able to recognize broken bones, that I will be very achy in the morning, that I just needed to know about the dressing. I can just make sure it's clean and put generic Neosporin on and dress it. I'm going to go take night meds and some Tylenol with codeine and go to bed. I'll call them again if there's any problem.

Don't worry if I'm not online tomorrow.

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From:writingortyping
Date:March 6th, 2008 12:28 pm (UTC)
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ow! Hope you're not as achy as you feared you would be!!
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From:mjlayman
Date:March 6th, 2008 11:04 pm (UTC)
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Most of me isn't any more achy than usual, but I have a minor sprain in my right wrist. Moving it helps, so I'll try to do stuff online.
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From:janetmk
Date:March 6th, 2008 01:26 pm (UTC)
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I hope the aftereffects of the fall aren't too severe.

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From:mjlayman
Date:March 6th, 2008 11:05 pm (UTC)
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Just a sprain and the scrape. The bad part is that I use my right hand for so many things and there are things I still can't do with it, like push to stnad up. But I've been okay.
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From:dd_b
Date:March 6th, 2008 03:42 pm (UTC)
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I'm very glad it wasn't worse. Hope you feel better today than you are expecting!
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From:mjlayman
Date:March 6th, 2008 11:07 pm (UTC)
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I slept for 11 hours and I'm not much more achy than usual. I think the sprain in my right wrist will get better soon, it's pretty minor.

And yes, I thought about that afterwards -- the other three ways to fall were concrete, concrete, or face first into the grass. This was definitely the best way.
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From:pameladean
Date:March 6th, 2008 06:46 pm (UTC)
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Eek. I hope the aftermath is mild.

That Shiva, what a goof. I've gone outside! I'm not supposed to! So I can't come in! Poor silly guy. I'm glad you got him back.

P.
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From:mjlayman
Date:March 6th, 2008 11:09 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, he was pretty apologetic in bed -- insisted on rubbing his face on me. I was more worried about him going off than the fall last night.

Fortunately, the sprain in my right wrist is pretty mild.
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From:kip_w
Date:March 6th, 2008 11:07 pm (UTC)
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Electric wheel chair. Definitely.
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From:mjlayman
Date:March 6th, 2008 11:20 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, really! I wouldn't use it all the time, but I'd like to go places I can't now.
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