Friday, October 11, 2013
I had a serious lapse of judgment on Wednesday and ended up in the emergency room. I telecommute one day a week and was at home, working on my computer. I was doing laundry, which is on the second floor of our townhouse, next to the home office.
A loud alarm went off, and I saw that a red light showed on the front of the washer. I couldn't tell where the alarm was coming from. There is a condo building fire alarm, and we have our own smoke detectors. I couldn't reach the alarm on the cathedral ceiling in our home office, so I brought up a stepladder and two ladders from the garage. Still could not reach it. Was panicking and thought I messed up the washer somehow. Was afraid to call my husband because of this. Fell off the bigger ladder, three rungs from the bottom. Hit the wall and corner of a small table. Lamp fell and hit me in the head. Finally called my husband. Alarm still going. Husband said he'd come home, and he called our neighbors, who came over. We thought it was system alarm, so I called home management company for the condo.
Someone from their office came, and said it wasn't system alarm. Husband arrived and discovered that it was a water alarm that he attached to the washer when we bought it a year ago. We had a flood from a previous washer that came through the ceiling onto the dining room table on the floor below. This was a year ago. So husband installed water alarm with new washer. A year went by, and in my panic, I forgot about it.
Now, all that done, I had to go to the emergency room for injuries. Had to get X-rays and concussion tests.
Here's the part where I say how lucky I was. I'm 57 and have shown signs of early osteoporosis. Part of my emphasis at the gym the last 2 years was to rebuild and strengthen bones. I could have gotten seriously injured, but have sprains and two staples in the back of my head for a gash.
I am grateful that I am mobile, healthy, and that I have the life I have. I will try not to panic in future crises, and I will stay away from ladders.
It turned out it was my fault. I put too much soap in the machine. I will make sure I do not do that again. I have been confined downstairs, can't hobble up the staircase yet. I ordered groceries online so that my husband doesn't have to do it after his long work day. I got organic meat and poultry, lots of greens, vegetables, and fruits. Easy to cook stuff. I can still maintain my good eating habits. And I am getting around much better today. Still on crutches, but getting around better.
As a side issue, someone is returning to work that has been out for cancer treatment for two years. I've had many issues with her and find it very stressful dealing with her. And I am not alone in this. It's a pretty much across the board reaction at work. But this morning I thought about how much I have changed in the last few years, since I have put effort into undoing my bad dietary and exercise habits. I really have changed and I feel so much stronger now. I think I will be able to face this challenging situation differently than I did in the past. I love myself now. I no longer hate myself.