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Owwww. Pavement Is Hard.

So it's nice out: not cold and not hot. I went down the street to "Old Town," had a haircut, bought some on-sale sports sandals, and then met the Mr. for brunch at one of our local places. Then we shared some gelato and looked in on some of the "Art Hop" exhibitors (this is a yearly event where local artists exhibit their stuff in the front windows of cooperating businesses).

So far so great, and then we parted ways because I wanted to go to the co-op (local cooperatively owned grocery store) to get a few items to tide us over until I do the main grocery shopping tomorrow. About a third of the way there, I tripped on an uneven bit of sidewalk and essentially did a face-plant.

I managed to get my arms up in front of my face, and my left hand, arm, and knee took most of the impact. Both palms are bruised, I have a nasty abrasion on the inside of my left forearm, and two smaller abrasions on my left knee. The knee injuries were partially protected by my jeans, which managed to survive virtually undamaged. I thought I hit my chin as well, but there's no sign of it.


It's not that I never trip, but I usually manage to catch myself before actually falling.

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Apr. 14th, 2013 01:38 am (UTC)
Oh dear. Tripping is the pits-- betrayed by gravity, is how it always feels. 'Why have you forsaken me?'

My immediate reaction is 'Did you ice that knee?' One's Achilles heel really is the knee-cap, and increasingly so as you age. Hope the damage is confined to those scrapes and bruises.
Apr. 14th, 2013 01:47 am (UTC)

Yes, you're absolutely right: I should have iced it. :-(

It's now about 7 hours later, and the knee feels bad primarily at the abraded spots, although I assume bruising will set in as well (I guess I'll go get the flexible ice thing now - it couldn't make things worse). I did take ibuprofen once I got home (after stoically going on to the co-op, which was stupid, but I'm getting an attitude about fate and what I do with my free time on weekends and in the evening).

It's unnerving how little I remember about the seconds between catching my toe on the edge of the heaved paving block and finding myself flat on my belly.

Apr. 14th, 2013 04:03 am (UTC)
Fast anti-inflammatories are a good idea too. If it hasn't gone stiffly immovable after seven hours it probably won't.

You're the opposite of me. Time slows down completely when I fall-- not enough for me to change anything, of course, but mentally it all happens in slo-mo.
Apr. 14th, 2013 02:18 am (UTC)
Yikes! I haven't tripped badly in years, but I think I was about 30 when I was walking up the wooden steps of the porch of the house my mom lived in at the time, caught my foot on the edge of a step and fell, stubbing my toe. I realized that I wasn't young anymore when neither my foot nor my whole body recuperated well--I was out-of-sorts for the whole day, in addition to the minor bangs and scrapes.
Apr. 14th, 2013 01:24 pm (UTC)

Yeah ... today I have aches and pains in my shoulders and forearms as well, which is no surprise. I'm pretty sure I caught most of my weight on my arms, which makes be feel a little better about the whole thing: at least my reactions were fast enough to do that.

Yes, once I got home and cleaned and bandaged everything, all I wanted to do was lie down.

Edited at 2013-04-14 01:27 pm (UTC)
Apr. 14th, 2013 09:36 pm (UTC)
Here's hoping you're much better today!
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