Thursday, March 22, 2012
Close to Nowhere
Spring “break” woes
Working only three days a week, I seldom take a day off. I will take off the Wednesday I leave for the quilt show in Paducah, but as of now, I can’t think of another Wednesday I’ll need off.
I took off last Wednesday — my granddaughters were on spring break and it seemed like a good day to spend together.
Tuesday, here at work, I missed a step on a ladder climbing down (actually, I thought I was on the bottom rung and leaned over as I was jumping off to pick up something I’d dropped).
As I banged into empty, short file cabinets, making a nice scrape down my spine, the cabinets made a heck of a noise, echoing around in the closed-in room.
Folks came running from everywhere! Barry was trying to help me up, Barbara was fussing, saying “I told you to let me do it!” The rest of the crew came in from the back to offer sympathy and giggle.
Except for my niece Dawn (Sister) — Barry had to turn her around and head her back into the other room as she thought I was really hurt and was crying.
I lay there a minute or two, resisting all Barry’s efforts to help me up. I was winded from crashing onto my back and totally embarrassed to be lying nearly upside down, sprawled across the floor.
I waited until everyone got tired of me insisting “I’m all right, just give me a minute!” After they all finally left me on the floor, I managed to roll over, right myself and stagger upright by holding onto the same short, metal, filing cabinets that had so thoughtfully broken my fall.
I took a couple ibuprofen and spent the rest of Tuesday afternoon proving to Barry and Barbara that I truly wasn’t hurt by zipping all around. Actually, I didn’t really feel that bad though, so...
By bedtime, I realized that yes, I was bent and broken. I worried enough that I asked Pop to check on me during the night and make sure I hadn’t frozen in place while sleeping. Thankfully, I didn’t.
Wednesday, the first real day I’d had off in a while, was spent hobbling and groaning around the house. No spring break gamboling for me!
Thursday we did go to Oxford for a bit, but by the time we got home, I was really, really sorry I’d gone.
Friday night, at the newly established quilt/craft group at CrossPointe Christian Fellowship I was not a happy camper. Even used my cane!
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