Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Graceful, thy name is not Kat

Hey everyone. Lent has begun and who'd of thunk I'd be giving up knitting! Yesterday, on a morning that the sunrise was gorgeous after a beautiful starry night - think no clouds - I headed out to work, on a mission to purchase some "paczki's" for the Tuesday morning sales meeting - Fat Tuesday - eat sweets in preparation for giving them up for lent, right?

Well, close your eyes and imagine this - I get out of my car and begin the walk behind my office building to the "Wesco Gas Station" where the office staff SWEARS to me that the best paczki's on earth are. So, as I am walking - briskly - imagine me hitting a patch of ice - very thin - very, very slippery ice. Are you putting 2 and 2 together? If I did not hurt so much I'd be laughing right now - so I hope you all are! While my feet seemed to be sliding in slow motion - my fall to the earth was not slow by any means. Can you see me? Face down on the parking lot? I mean flat on the ground! I jumped up so quickly - I amazed myself, praying that no one had seen me do the "swan dive" onto the black top. My knee was killing me, my hands were skinned up, my wrist was not feeling too pleasant either. But, I continued on to purchase the damned paczki's (and I am not even Polish - sorry to all of you lovely Polish readers out there!) and bring them back to the office. I headed to the bathroom to wash the parking lot grime off my hands, clothes, shoes, coat - what I really needed to do was head back home and start over!! My knee was a bit skinned, my hands looked like they were going to have some nice bruises too! But, nothing looked broken and nothing was bleeding - maybe not so bad after all. AND - no one saw me fall - this must be a good omen.

I continued on through the day - sitting at my desk and working away. The worst was over right?

By noon I could not lift my right arm - at all. It was most comfortable next to my body - not moving. I started to think something was very wrong. As the afternoon progressed, the pain increased - I am no wimp and have a fairly high tolerance for pain. By 2PM I classified the pain as "30" on a scale of 1-10 when I called my family doctor. The phone nurse told me, "go directly to the ER, do not pass go, do not collect $200.00" So, I managed to put my coat on and headed out to the hospital.

Thank goodness I did not break anything. But, they fear I have torn my "rotator cuff" and I have a goodly amount of fluid on my knee. I sit here before you with my right arm in a sling, pumped full of Motrin - avoiding the Vicodin they also prescribed because it
a. gave me nightmares


b. made me dizzy and nauseous!

I go back to see my doctor next week - how am I going to make it without knitting for the next few days!!! AARRGGHHH..... stay tuned to see how this progresses!


Teyani said...

oh NO ! my husband did thatinjury a few years ago. not fun - total pain. ugh.
email me if you'd like the list of vitamins we got him on to repair the damage (and no, he didn't have the surgery)
It's a rotten, nasty injury.
So sorry to hear it happened to you.
Be gentle on yourself.

Judy said...

Oh, no! That's no fun at all! You get better soon.

No knitting! EEEK

kimberly said...

Oh not fun at all. My stomach is all quesy thinking about that for you. (ok honestly these days...a quesy stomach is sort of normal...but seriously..this one is for you!) Will be praying for you. Take it eay ok?

Lynne said...

Get outta here! Kat, I'm so sorry! But, I have to know... were the pasczkis the best on earth?

Sarah said...

Oh no!! I'm sending healing thoughts your way. Take the non-kniting time to get caught up on some good reading. My books are always second to my knitting, and I guess I would appreciate some enforced reading time. I'd prefer it to be pain free, though!

Kim said...

I hope you are on the mend soon. 4 days withough knitting will be hard!

Sharon said...

In a perverse way, it's good that you had enough pain to get to the er quickly. I take a fall every year that mostly hurts my pride, and the cumulative result was that my glute muscles stopped working and hip arthritis settled in to stay. That black ice....I've been paranoid when I'm outdoors this winter. Take care, Kat. The yarn will wait for you...really.

Teyani said...

hey Kat - got your comment, I don't have your email to answer. Write to me at teyani AT crownmountainfarms DOT com and I'll send you the info.

Heatherly said...

oh! that is so awful! i hate ice!
heal quickly so you can knit great stuff!

Chris said...

Rotator cuff, ouch! Been there, done that. Hope you are back at it soon.

Yarn Collectors Anonymous said...

Bless your heart...that is TERRIBLE!!! A torn rotator cuff is no fun!! I think you need to tell your doctor you are a knitter so he will give you a prescription for the "knitting DT's" that are sure to follow!! Or at least straight morphine to knock you out completely until you get over it!! LOL!!

So sorry :( Sending healing thoughts your way!!!!!