#494: A Scary Moment Bowling Today

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Today I left Orlando for a two-hour drive to Stuart, FL, a quaint, small town on the state's east coast, south of Vero Beach. It was a pleasant and uneventful drive. After registering for the Law/Firefighter/Corrections/Mi
litary Games I met my teammates at the bowling center for a practice session.

I had a pair of shoe covers on my bowling shoes as I went to the restroom before we started bowling. The covers are intended to keep water or other moisture off the shoes, especially the sliding one.

I went to roll my first ball, not noticing I forgot to remove the shoe covers. Since the soles of the covers are rubber and don't slide, I stuck, fell down and slid several feet onto the lane, landing hard on my left (non-bowling) hand.

My left hand fingers bend okay now but the wrist is swollen and painful. Tomorrow will tell if it gets better or worse.

When I think of the injuries that fall could have caused, or that it could have happened to my bowling hand, I can only say, "Thank you Lord."

As with most lessons of life, this one was hard-earned -- I will always look at my feet before bowling to ensure the shoe covers are off.

I can not imagine what would have happened and how I would have gotten home if I had broken a leg or had a worse injury than I did. So, if you ever suffer a fall or close call, picture how much worse it could have been then look heavenward and offer thanks.

Someone was looking out for me today while teaching me a lesson.
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    Hope you recover quickly, Lou.
    3577 days ago
  • LESLIES537
    Thank God you weren't hurt any worse! How's the wrist doing now? I hope it's feeling better and that you're back in the game again soon! Take care!! emoticon emoticon
    3579 days ago
    Well, Praise the LORD, it wasn't worse, Lou! Giving thanks with you!!! Hope you're feeling better in no time, and HAPPY BOWLING!!!!!!
    3579 days ago
    It is good that it was not any worse...hope it heals for you good and fast.

    3579 days ago
    Thank God indeed that it wasn't worse! How are you doing this evening, is the pain less?
    3580 days ago
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    Lou, my husband has done that as well, left his shoe cover on, but I have gone down without a shoe cover, and fully acknowledge your pain. I sure hope that two days later you are not too sore. I hurt for days after my fall. ((hugs)) my sparkfriend!
    3580 days ago
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    LOU- I did something like that once at a skating rink. I had been waiting for others... then forgot the blade covers as I stepped on the ice. Yup, I check each and every time now I go out to ice skate.

    Try to enjoy your activities and get well SOON!

    3581 days ago
    Oh Lou, I am praying for a speedy and pain-free recovery!
    3581 days ago
    I am grateful you did not suffer a major injury. An error you will not likely repeat. I suppose it just reminds us how careful we all need to be. Take Care, Victoria
    3581 days ago
  • SPARKIE1964
    Sending you healing energy Lou so that you recuperate quickly and get back to bowling which you seem to have a passion for...Thinkin of you...

    BTW...Thank you for your encouragement these last few weeks as I work to find my way back. The 17DD is definitely making a difference...
    3581 days ago
    Thank God it was not worse. I hope the pain does not distract you from bowling well!
    3581 days ago
  • CHARMIN944
    The Lord is so good. The very fact that we, as Christains, can think of our blessings in painful times is one of the biggest gifts that the Lord has given us.
    3581 days ago
    I'm glad you're okay and hope your wrist will get better soon.
    3581 days ago
  • BOVEY63
    Hope your wrist is better today.
    3581 days ago
  • TEMPEST272002
    My worst injury of last year was caused by a bowling accident! I pulled a muscle in my behind that bothered me for weeks. I'm glad you weren't injured too bad. Good job breaking your fall with your non-bowling hand!
    3581 days ago
    Glad you're okay!
    3581 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    Lou, hope you are better today. Looking for an update.

    Keep us posted.

    3581 days ago
    So glad it wasn't worse that what it was. Hope your wrist and hand feels fine today.
    3581 days ago
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    How scary. So glad you weren't hurt worse.
    3581 days ago
    Glad that you were not hurt worse in your fall. Glad that your are able to recognize how blessed that you are. God does take care of us. On another note... I lived in Vero Beach for about 6 months while I was acting supervisor for the Chevrons in that area. I had a station in Vero Beach, Ft Worth, Stuart, West Palm Beach and Wellington...I think there were a couple of others but can't get my feeble mind to give me the names. I loved the area and would have liked to settle there but it wasn't in the cards for me. Glad that you are alright my dear friend.... OH.. I went bowling for the first time in over 20 years this past weekend. I am not able to bend my knees and limp a bit but I managed to "softball pitch" the ball down the alley & didn't embarrass myself too badly.. LOL... 88, 89 & 62.... at least I didn't have a big goose egg. Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon
    3581 days ago
    As we get older we count our blessing more and more! We finally realize we are not indestructible. Look at all the years we never even thought about it.

    So glad it was not worse. Take care of yourself, they are not making your model any more! :)
    3582 days ago

    I am certain you know this, but just in case:

    Ice it, 10 minutes on, 30 minutes off.

    Take ibuprofin, advil to reduce inflammation.

    Rest it until swelling and discomfort is gone (that's the hard part for me!)

    You were blessed.


    3582 days ago
    Oh, Lou! I am so sorry! emoticon

    Just the day before yesterday, Drex's bike tire rubbed on the back of mine, and before I even knew what happened, I saw him head straight for the ground! Thank GOODNESS, he landed just right and although it LOOKED horrible seeing him sprawled that way, he only scratched his big toe (he was wearing flip flops!). It could have been such a disaster, and I have thought quite a few times about all the different scenarios we would have had should it have been worse!

    I'm so glad you're ok, and I hope the injury isn't serious.

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Lori
    3582 days ago
    Falling is one of the scariest things ever. I used to get embarassed before, if I tripped and or fell. Now I just pray
    I don't break something. And as you get older you are more prone to it. I watch coming down my stairs, because I know one day I am going to miss that step. Thank goodness it wasn't worse, you were lucky! MJ emoticon
    3582 days ago
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