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Green Beans to the Rescue


Monday, June 30, 2014


Saturday evening, during half time of one of the World Cup soccer matches, I went for a walk. I had been stuck inside most of the day because of the rain, and wanted to get in a spot of exercise and fresh air. I walked a big circle around my neighborhood. It's familiar and generally well-lit so there should have been no problem. But on the way home, I tripped over a curb that I didn't see and fell hard. I walk fast and I fell fast. This was at 11 PM!

I was a little shook up when I got home, but nothing was broken. Both wrists and my right knee hurt pretty bad, though. Ice! I only had about 4 cubes of ice in my freezer, along with a cool pack that I use for my lunch box. AND a bag of green beans! The bag of beans ended up being the best ice pack ever for my knee while I used the ice cubes for my wrists and chilled a couple of gel packs to continue icing overnight.

Yesterday I was still quite sore but there was hardly any swelling. Today, the pain is even less. My left wrist is definitely sprained and my right knee is a little sore but I only feel that when I do stairs. This shouldn't put much of a kink in my exercise, so today I am thankful for that bag of green beans. Who knew?
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KATELJM 7/2/2014 10:21PM

    Sorry you sprained your hand! You remind me that at some point in our life, we need to realize that we need to focus on what we are doing, be totally in the present. When we are young, we take for granted so much.

A month ago, we were heading home late in the evening and saw a neighbor lying at the corner. It turns out he had overindulged, but DH and I tried to help him get up. He was too heavy for us to lift. We needed additional help from a 20-something male who lives across the street from the corner who thought that a passing ambulance had stopped to assist. The 3 of us helped him make it home. It was a fluke that we passed that corner at that hour.

I'm not implying that you were under the influence! I only mean that our parents tried to teach us common sense, but sometimes it takes a "come-uppance" for the reasoning to become clear and compelling to us.

I hope nothing was broken!

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JERSEYGIRL24 7/2/2014 3:54PM

    Oh dear!! I hope you are feeling better. I can certainly relate because I do a lot of walking at night. Right now it is very hot and humid, and for that reason it is the most comfortable time of day to walk.

I sometimes think that maybe it isn't the smartest idea. I am not too concerned about personal security, but I am definitely a little concerned about falling. I have a neighbor (a man a few years older than me) who used to walk a lot after dinner, but I think he has quit because he has gotten hurt a few times. One time apparently he forgot his cell phone and fell pretty hard. A stranger ended up driving him home. I frequently walk to the local elementary school (about 45 minutes round trip), but lately I have been looking for different routes because I don't like the roads.

Seriously, I am glad you are ok. And heads up for thinking about the green beans.

And bummer about the USA!!! But I am still proud of them. My son was a soccer keeper, and he trained along side Tim Howard at one point.

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68ANNE 7/1/2014 5:42PM

    Aha, and here I expected a blog about eating green beans. Glad things are healing

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 7/1/2014 12:55PM

    Thank goodness for your frozen vegetables and that you are not badly hurt. Take care and have fun!

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LAURAKATE76 6/30/2014 8:03PM

    Frozen veggie bags are the BEST ice packs! Glad you are ok. emoticon

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JOANNKW 6/30/2014 4:35PM

    Ouch! I'm glad it wasn't any worse. I've got a ziploc bag w/ rubbing alcohol and water in the freezer. The alcohol prevents it from a hard freeze so the ice pack shapes to the injury. If you have room in your freezer, it is a great thing to leave in there!

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LUCYCAN7 6/30/2014 4:17PM

  Oh no!Hate to hear that my dear friend,a sprain hurts badly as well.Sending
prayers your way.I put ice in zip loc baggies different size ones,works great.
Also you can put water in them and freeze the water. emoticon emoticon Take Care

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FRANNIEDID 6/30/2014 1:30PM

    My mom used peas when I was a kid! Glad it was not worse!

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PATTISTAMPS 6/30/2014 10:32AM

    Thank goodness you were not badly hurt. You can now join my official Klutz club, of which I am the founding member, LOL... Seriously, you should probably pick up a couple of ice packs and keep them in the freezer. Green beans are great, but they probably thaw pretty fast. And carry your cell phone when you go out at night!

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MTNGRL 6/30/2014 9:23AM

    Veggies to the rescue! Good thinking! I used a bag of peas when I tripped over the logs a few months ago. Glad it wasn't worse, and pray things continue to heal.

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EJOY-EVELYN 6/30/2014 9:07AM

    Ouch, indeed. Hope you're feeling better and so glad you didn't break anything. Love those fresh and frozen beans.

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VISUALLYRICS 6/30/2014 8:56AM

    Ouch! So sorry about the incident..love the frozen bag of beans! I have done that before with frozen peas...Lol. emoticon

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 6/30/2014 7:47AM

    So glad you weren't hurt worse. Hope the pain subsides soon. Yes, I've heard of people using frozen veggies for injuries. emoticon

Nancy (Firecracker team)

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GARDENCHRIS 6/30/2014 7:40AM

    glad nothing was broken. emoticon

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SJHARRIS53 6/30/2014 6:54AM

    I've heard that bags of frozen veggies can substitute for ice packs in a pinch, but have never used them. Glad to know it worked well for you and you are on the mend!
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CIPHER1971 6/30/2014 6:28AM

    That would have been a hard choice for me - I love green beans.

Glad you didn't hurt yourself badly.

Take care

M

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TWEETYKC00 6/30/2014 5:58AM

    See, when you go green you can't go wrong!

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STEPH-KNEE 6/30/2014 5:35AM

    You poor thing! Glad you didn't break anything, feel better soon! emoticon emoticon

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PICKIE98 6/30/2014 5:28AM

    Wow! I am so glad you did not break anything! !Wrap your wrist and take care!

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