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May 01, 2008

HELP I'VE FALLEN AND I CAN'T GET UP....

Yes, it's true...I busted my arse yesterday trying to be a cool runner.

Mizuno was doing their Run With Us campaign at our local running store, Run Fit Sports. It's pretty cool...you show up, let them measure your feet, knees, legs, etc. And then you get to throw on whatever shoes they recommend and give them a 2 mile trial run. And you get a free shirt (the real reason I went)! How cool is that?

Well, I don't know because I busted my hiney long before I found out how cool it really was.....

Actually, I got to go through the motions of getting my feet measured. It was pretty interesting, except that he kept making me squat down and my quads were KILLING me from LL's Tuesday night workout. At any rate, they told me what I needed to run in, and I headed out for a two mile run with Perry, Run Fit's owner. As we headed out, Perry motioned for me to go right out of the parking lot....it's actually kindof funny now because I was actually trying to go left (and yes, had I gone left, I would have found something else to trip over!). We got about 5 feet out of the parking lot and Perry is explaining that we'll run a small loop around the block...when I noticed some metal band on the ground.....

As I noticed the band, my feet noticed it as well. In the form of being tangled up in this metal thing. As I'm thinking "I'll just cooly jump out of it", my other foot got tangled up. And from there I headed towards the ground. As I was going down, all I could think is "I'm glad I didn't hit my head!" As soon as that thought left my mind, my head whipped back like it was in a sling shot and hit the pavement. OUCH!

I got up and realized that I was bleeding a bit from my head. Everyone at Run Fit was so nice...getting me paper towels and confirming that yes, I did look like I needed stitches. Lucikly there is a hospital about a mile away. One of the Run Fit employees, Lewis, had no problem hopping into my rental car and taking me off to the ER. He even told me about driving an axe through his foot, which actually did make me feel better about my situation! At the ER they told me that while I did need stitches, I was not going to die....good thing for that! At some point I started to see stars and got a huge headache so they had me go get a CT scan. I guess it came out okay because I'm at home now....they also x-rayed my hand and shoulder. No broken bones, although you can't tell by the way I'm holding my shoulder this morning. It hurts worse than anything else today! I can't even pick up anything heavy!

So, Monika called Troy (thanks!) and Troy called my mom who promptly told him that I needed to have a plastic surgeon put my stitches in...when I was a kid I hated the fact that she was a nurse because she always told us horror stories about what would happen if you drink and drive, or take drugs, or whatever train wreck she had seen the night before at the hospital, BUT today I was really glad that I had her on my side, because I honestly probably would have just let the ER doc sew me up. We asked the nurse what we needed to do to get a plastic surgeon in there and she said she would make some calls.....and some calls....and some calls. Apparantely the hospital that I went to did not have a plastic surgeon on call! What??!!?? So, we called in a few favors, and were really really glad that we had been nice to everyone on Saturday (at the wedding) because the best plastics doc in Macon just happened to be at the wedding. He said he'd come over and sew me up as soon as he got out of surgery....a few hours later, and we ended up over in his office getting a multitude of stitches, and my unending gratitude for staying after and cleaning me up! My mom said that you'll never even be able to tell that anything happened!

Today, well....I feel like I've been run over by a truck. My left shoulder and my right knee really really hurt. And I am starting to feel a headache coming on. But, I'm alive and will be fine, so that's something to be thankful for!

I can't run until Monday, and I can't wash my hair until tonight, so don't expect any good pics of the damage until after I can get clean :) Until then, I'll just surf the internet, catch up on tivo, and sleep!

You know, yesterday I was totally stressed out about all the things I needed to do. I have finals (was supposed to have one last night), among just a ton of other stuff that I need to get done in the next 4 or 5 days. I just couldn't wrap my mind around how I was going to get it all done. And now, here I sit, not really able to do most of what I had planned on doing anyway. When I broke my foot 2 years ago, a girl at work told me that maybe that was the big man upstairs way of telling me to slow down (surprisingly I had alot going on then too). As I sat in the CT scanner machine last night I thought about what she had said and how, really, all this stressing out about how much I have to do is really not worth it. While I'd like to believe it was divine intervention that made me fall (it sounds way better than just being clumsy), I think it's more of a matter of being so preoccupied with everything that I'm not paying attention to anything.

I guess like Jeff Foxworthy would say* "here's your sign".

Have a great Thursday.

*yeah, I can't believe of all the people I could quote right now, I came up with Jeff Foxworthy...I blame it on the pain meds.

11 comments:

jeff said...

woohoo! you've got cred now! welcome to the running related stitches club (rrsc). rest up and hope you heal soon, amy.

[anxiously waiting for photos]

Anonymous said...

Here's your sign....enjoy!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5ywQv2gnC8&NR=1

Amy said...

Thanks anon...I didn't even really realize that it was somebody different.....

The sad part is that my brother, the comedy-expert in our family, is going to be truly disappointed that I got it wrong :)

leora's blog said...

You sure take things with ease! Get better and I expect to see some nasty pictures that maybe I'll paint....you'll probably be way too healed for me to see anything by the time I get back from Oregon....

Bryan said...

The shoe with the little "R" in it goes on your right foot and the one with the "L" goes on the left!

Sandra said...

Some people will do anything for a face lift! Too bad you didn't need any other plastic surgery that he could have thrown in while he was there! Now maybe your face will match your arm.

Tim said...

Hope you mend quickly!

Anne said...

Who knew a shoe fitting could be so dangerous! I always was told you couldn't put stitches in after a certain point. Either you never crossed that threshold, or that's why plastic surgeons get paid so much. Glad you're on the mend.

Sarah said...

Wow, man, glad you're ok! Nice job on getting the good stitches, it could have been interesting otherwise.

Lesley said...

Oh dear, no fun! I hope you're on the mend soon! You WILL feel better in time, I know! I took a head-hitting tumble a couple of months ago, so I know what you're going through.

You'll be back to running in no time. Meanwhile, get plenty of rest and be good to yourself.

Kurt said...

I hope your ok. I am sure you will be since your one tough cookie at heart.

Fortunately I just hit my head nothing in there to get hurt anymore.