May. 18th, 2013

shins

May. 18th, 2013 03:59 pm
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As I was leaving work on Wednesday, I tripped on the stairs and managed to fall directly onto both my shins. And then I slid down a few steps, on my shins before eventually coming to a stop. Everyone knows that getting hit in the shins hurts, but let me tell you, landing on them on a staircase is excruciating. Since I was able to stand I figured they couldn't be that badly hurt, and surely the pain would subside, so I should just continue home. I nearly passed out on the train and the walk home was agonizing. And I was starting to have trouble putting weight on one leg, and the pain wasn't going away, so I ended up going to the emergency room for an x-ray. Except by that what I really mean is, waiting at the emergency room for a couple of hours and then eventually being told that with the length of the x-ray queue, I'd be better off going home and coming back in the morning. They gave me crutches, which was nice though since one leg was only marginally worse than the other I was sort of dubious about walking around at all. But then in the morning they found no breaks, just severe bruising and swelling, and so prescribed lots of anti-inflammatories, icing, and staying off my feet for awhile. I'm hoping to go back to work next week.

I fall a fair amount and get a lot of bruises, which is an aspect of the physicality I've written about before. But it's amazing how much more something hurts on your shins compared to a meatier part of the body. And, this is making me realize I have had several major falls on stairs over my lifetime; I tend to be very careful on them because I'm aware of that, but you get used to a set of stairs and then stop paying so much attention. Oh well, I feel better today than yesterday so hopefully that trend will continue.

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