Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Troubles come in threes

I'm in need of a Soothing Image this morning - so here's one taken on the way back from a lovely day out, having met Terence Coventry. Feel better now?

I never realised how uneven and gritty our pavement is until Sunday night, when I found myself face down, nose an inch from the ground. And no, I had not been to the pub. But, having retraced my steps, somewhat gingerly, this morning, I realise I slipped on some slippery bits of bark (it was raining, hard). There was a sickening wrench, when I felt my ankle go over, and next thing, I was flat on the pavement, with blood pouring from my hands. I struggled home (not far), limped up the steps and spent the next half hour trying to extricate gravel from my palms, wishing my mate round the corner wasn’t away – that First Aid kit has come in handy on the few occasions I’ve needed patching up.

Next morning, I thought I’d take Moll for a short walk round the block, but couldn’t believe how painful my foot was, and hobbled home in agony. It didn’t help that my palms are devoid of several layers of skin; courtesy of bandages, typing is possible – just – as I have a piece for Cornwall Today to finish, but washing up or pulling on a jumper or putting on a coat is – er - painful.

I looked up Treatment for Twisted Ankle on the internet. In amongst RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation), one site advised, "take it easy! Let others look after you for a change." I did suggest this to Moll but she gave me a filthy look and spilt the tea.

Being sedentary is not good for me (dear friends are helping walk Moll in the interim). Apart from making me feel like a caged animal, hobbling has thrown my back out, so I have to sit watching TV with offensive foot up on a cushion. Last night, watching Mamma Mia for the umpteenth time, I sat and wept and laughed - I’d forgotten what a joy that film is. I even managed a sitting down bop at the end.

Then on Monday night I rang the caretaker of the holiday cottage I’m going to on Saturday to say what time I’d be arriving. “But I’ve got you down for this week,” she said. My spirits crashed through the floor. To cut a long story short, there’s been a mix up and I can’t go there. But thanks to a coterie of friends and network cornwall, I’m now fixed up with a cottage along the seafront in Penzance, which will be a good place to explore from.

They say troubles come in threes, and the last one concerned my website, which a friend had said she’d do several months ago. Nothing happened, and when I asked her last week she said she didn’t have time. In brief, I’ve found someone who will do my website me if I help him with writing copy for his business. Sounds a great idea, and I look forward to working with him.

And now, I must go and pack…. A hot water bottle, flippers and a snorkel, given the forecast. But at least I got a bagful of books from the charity shop for £1….

24 comments:

ADDY said...

Ouch. Gravel in palms is not pleasant. Hope it heals soon and you can enjoy your holiday cottage break.

Morton S Gray said...

Hugs. It is horrid to fall, it literally shakes your world. Hope you have a speedy recovery. Mx

Chris Stovell said...

Oh, how grim - what a time you've had of it! I hope the break does you good, Sue and you come back with your hands healed and your batteries recharged.

Flowerpot said...

Thanks Chris! I am getting cabin fever I must say....!

Flowerpot said...

Thanks Morton. I'm not good at being immobile!

Flowerpot said...

Thanks Addy - I intend to enjoy it even if I just sit and read...

elegancemaison said...

A very soothing photo Flowerpot. And sorry to hear about your nasty fall. You join Mr EM and I among the bad back brigade. At least we can get out and about - in fact that is better for us than sitting but although nothing serious in either case, it's very painful. Enjoy your break and come back healed as well as refreshed.

Flowerpot said...

EM - Have just ventured into town and back and feel loads better - my back is saying HOORAY! Thanks, I intend to come back healed and refreshed!

Jane Lovering said...

Just make sure you don't overdo it! I prescribe plenty of sitting and reading, with a nice cup of tea and some HobNobs, looking out of the window at the weather. Gentle strolls on the beach are fine too. I do hope you enjoy your emergency cottage!

Flowerpot said...

Jane - good advice! I don't think my foot will let me overdo it. Strolls and reading sound good to me...

Melissa Marsh said...

Oh my goodness. You've been through the ringer this week! I hope your foot and your hands heal quickly.

Akelamalu said...

Oooh your ankle and hands sound painful. Try some Arnica gel on your ankle. Hope that third trouble was the last for you and you have a great break. x

Flowerpot said...

Good idea, Ak. It's a bit purple but the swelling has gone down and it doesnt hurt - just looks very unattractive!

Flowerpot said...

Melissa - yes, let's hope I get a nice surprise now!

Sally said...

I'm really sorry to hear all this! Good job you've got some good friends nearby. Do look after yourself. I don't suppose we'll see you at singing so I wish you all the best for your holiday in Penzance.
We're off to India and Nepal next Wednesday so I won't see you until November!
Lots of love for a swift recovery xx

Flowerpot said...

No I'll be at singing Sally! Have a wonderful time inIndia and look forward to hearing all about it in November! Lots of love xx

Talli Roland said...

Oh my! Please take care of yourself, Sue - and yes, at least you have books to soothe your soul!

Flowerpot said...

Am feeling a lot better thanks Talli - in fact my hands are causing more bother than my ankle now! But i can always read....

Rena George said...

Commiserations on your fall, Flowerpot
I had one of those when visiting Levant Mine recently. There was a lot of blood, and pain, and stiffness next day involved, so I know how you feel. Having said that I can’t think of a better remedy than spending a week in Penzance.
Take care, lovely, … and enjoy that break.
Rena x

Flowerpot said...

Oh Rena I am sorry - hope you're OK. My ankle is much less painful - it's still swollen and bruised so looks worse than it is. Hand is taking forever to heal. You're right - a break in Penzance will do me good. Take care x

Rena George said...

Thanks Flowerpot, I was a bit shaken up at the time but I'm much better now. Hope your poor ankle mends soon. x

Bluestocking Mum said...

Hello Sue

Just been catching up! And what a lot of catching up I've had to do. So sorry to hear about your fall. They are nasty, especially as we get older ;-) I fell on the stairs inside last year and had bruises for almost four weeks!

Enjoy your break. Good to visit again

xx

Flowerpot said...

Bluestocking - good to hear from you again. Sorry to hear about your fall - hope you're OK now. xx

Flowerpot said...

Rena - glad you're feeling a bit better now. take care x