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A Painful Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

There I was, feeling smug that I had just barely caught the early bus so I could get to work early and take a longer walk. On the transfer from the bus to the subway, though, things changed. I make that walk four days a week (the other I telework) with no problem, but today, a grate on the sidewalk lifted up and tripped me, throwing me into the street and causing me to hit my head hard, bend my glasses frame, and get bruised and scraped. Since I seemed to be in working order and with no reasonable way to get home at that hour, I continued on and thought I would walk anyway. By the time I got to work, though, the head and neck hurt enough that all I could think of was the two hours until I could see the office nurse, so I let the experience keep me from my walk. Rats. Now the pain has subsided (though I will still see the nurse to get the head scrape attended to and get her professional opinion), but I feel as if I let this event be an excuse not to exercise. Still hoping to get my walk in later.

Edit: Thanks, everyone, for your concern! I didn't get a cardio walk in, but I did get 10,000 steps just by walking in the mall and in stores. I walked the length of Potomac Mills mall from Lenscrafters, where I got my bent glasses frame fixed, to the far end to check out the new Columbia outlet store, hoping they had the Armadale dress so I could see it, but they didn't. Then I needed to go to the grocery store and pharmacy, where I walked around till my prescriptions were ready. At any rate, taking it easy was the right thing to do yesterday. The visit to the doc was also the right thing to do just to make sure.
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    Ouch! I'm sorry to hear about the bump in your daily road, but I'm encouraged at how you handled it. And, IMHO, you did not use your injuries as an excuse, because not only did you still get walking in, you were showing great self care in just taking it easy after getting knocked around. Sometimes the best way to take care of yourself is to take it easy. Hope your bumps and scrapes heal quickly.
    1727 days ago
    Ouch! Glad to hear that you came out of that adventure okay. Last year I had a freak accident sort of similar to yours. I was getting in my car when a huge gust of wind blew my car door into me knocking me to the ground, My glasses flew off under the car and it was dark and raining hard. What a mess I was. At least I was on my way home from work rather than the other way around!
    1727 days ago
  • KAB7801
    Watch out for rising grates. emoticon
    Potomoc mills is very familiar to me
    1731 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/24/2013 10:07:00 PM
  • _LINDA
    So very sorry about your fall, they can cause serious injuries, so glad you were sensible enough to get checked out and take it relatively easy (if you can call 10,000 steps easy). I hope you recover fast with no lasting problems, as head and neck injuries might not show up until later, they are very tricky areas..

    1732 days ago
    So glad you're OK: that's the main thing. And: you did get plenty of walking in anyhow.
    1732 days ago
    I'm glad you're OK! I had a similar fall up some stairs in September, and my glasses never did recover their proper alignment. I'm getting a new pair next month.

    You got exercise, even if it wasn't the kind you had planned for. I'd say you've done well.
    1733 days ago
    Wow!!! What a crazy day!!! I'm glad you were able to pick yourself up, and brush it all off... btw you didn't let the experience keep you from your walk.. you took time out to make sure you were ok... checking in with ourselves is just as important as those 10,000 steps... and see once you did you were able to enjoy the rest of your day, and still get your walk in :)

    Don't beat yourself up, for falling, be proud you got up, and still went to work,... cause I know I would've probably called out for the day :p

    Now you can say you have battle scars :) emoticon
    1733 days ago
  • SHARON10002
    Celia, I'm so glad to read that you are okay. However, because you hit your head you should be concerned and be aware of the possibility of a concussion. People fall and hurt their head only to develop symptoms days later. Just be careful, and take it easy for awhile. No excuse - just be a little gentler in your exercise. Will keep you in my prayers.
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    1733 days ago
    So glad you are okay. I don't think that was an excuse not to walk. I'm glad you took it easy. You ended up doing a lot of walking anyway. You are amazing.

    Thanks for telling me about Pick 3. I always schedule too much for myself. Maybe 3 will be a better choice for me.
    1733 days ago
  • MISSB8604
    Goodness, I hope you feel better!
    1734 days ago
    Bummer - glad it was nothing serious!
    Not getting notification of your blogs - need to figure that out...
    1734 days ago
    Wow. So sorry. Hope you are better.
    1734 days ago
  • BRADMILL2922
    Hope you are feeling better! Take care of yourself!
    1734 days ago
    Oh no Celia! I hope you're okay now. This is NOT an excuse not to walk! You hurt yourself. What did the nurse say? Are you better tonight? So sorry this happened :-(
    1734 days ago
    I'm so sorry! Not the way to start the day.
    1734 days ago
    Dang girl, you got hurt that's not an excuse that's a reason to not exercise. Take it easy on your emoticon self and take good care of yourself, too.

    emoticon my friend, I hope all is well.

    1735 days ago
  • MILLIE5522
    Ouch!! emoticon
    1735 days ago
  • KEELIE21
    Hope you are in tip top again soon!
    1735 days ago
    I'm so sorry to hear about the fall, Celia! I'm glad to hear that you're having the nurse look at it, any time you hit your head can be a scary thing so I think you're smart to hold off on the walk. My knee is still healing a bit from my fall in March so don't push yourself even if it seems like nothing at the moment.
    1735 days ago
    Don't take this too lightly. I had a fall in January requiring stitches, etc. It took me a long time to heal. I became very impatient. Just take it a day at a time. Good luck!!! Hope you are MUCH better today!
    1735 days ago
    I am so sorry you fell.My friend fell in her bathtub on Mother's Day so hard she went to emergency room to be checked out. Head injuries are nasty because you can develop a brain bleed & not even know it until even a week later. They did a scan on her head for that, she had no bleed. She had a headache for a few days though,. Her sister & niece encouraged her to go to hospital. She has piece of mind that she will be okay. Hope you are checked out. Take care
    1735 days ago
    I hope that it is just a scrape and that you do get to take that walk
    1735 days ago
  • KANOE10
    I am sorry you were hurt. That sounds painful. It is so frustrating to have your walk delayed when you were planning on it. I hope you feel well enough to walk later.

    1735 days ago
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