Monday, October 5, 2009

The Fall

I'm sorry to be a little late posting this morning but the sleeping pill I took last night knocked me for a loop and I didn't wake up till 10 am! What a wonderful thing to be able to rest.

Later on I'll write a longer post but for right now I'll just write about my fall yesterday. I continue to be so thankful for the Lord's protection!

Yesterday morning, Steve and I got to the church at 8 am to rehearse with the praise team. When we were finished, I drove back to the house where we were staying to pick up Sarah for church.

After going into the house and telling her we'd be leaving for the church in about five minutes, I decided to go back out to the van to grab something I'd forgotten. On my way out the door, I thought I'd go ahead and hook up Snowy on his leash outside so he could have a few minutes of fresh air and sunshine before being put into his kennel for the morning.

I hooked his leash to the back steps and turned to head to the van. Unfortunately, I didn't make it.

I
hadn't realized it, but right after I had hooked him up, Snowy had tangled his leash around my feet; when I went to take my first step toward the van, my feet didn't move.

Before I even had a chance to put out my hands to break my fall, I rather suddenly pitched forward toward some wooden lawn furniture standing nearby. I slammed my left shoulder hard on one piece of furniture and then twisted a little and cracked my head against another piece of furniture on the way down.

I have never in my life had anything happen as fast as that. One minute I was standing happily in the bright Carolina sunshine and the next minute I was sprawled on the ground in pain, trying to catch my breath.

The fall would have been bad enough if there had just been grass all around, but having that wooden furniture right there could have made things turn out very badly. If I had hit my head first on the table instead of my shoulder I could have broken my nose, I could have gotten a concussion, I could even have broken my neck. As it is, I wrenched my back and neck, and I have bruising, soreness and stiffness in both arms.

After I had laid there on the grass for a few moments, I gingerly dragged myself up from the ground and walked (very slowly) back into the house to tell Sarah what had happened. I had stained my blazer, broken my necklace and gotten stains and water (from the dew on the grass) all over my brown pants. But a broken necklace is much better than a broken neck or a broken arm!

I called Steve, told him what happened, took a couple Tylenol, and then gingerly drove Sarah and myself to church. I was determined not to miss my first official Sunday as pastor's wife in Manteo. And I didn't!

I didn't feel so great during the service (or during the rest of the day) but I was just very thankful to even be well enough to be there.

And now, after a good night's sleep and a few pain meds, I'm starting to feel a bit better. I won't be doing a whole lot today except resting; in fact, as soon as I post this, I'm heading back to bed. And saying, "Ouch, ouch, ouch" all the way!

Thanks so much to everyone for your concern and prayers.

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Lesley said...

Oh Becky, you are very lucky. Isn't it the worst when you go down like that? It's quite shocking! I fell last winter on some ice and hit my head. I felt a bit tired and lethargic for a couple of days and I kept reliving the fall over and over again in my head, it wouldn't stop.
So glad you are coming around and didn't break anything.

Anonymous said...

Ouch is right. I fell one time by tripping over a gutter and breaking my front teeth and elbow. Who knew a little gutter or leash could cause so much pain.

I'm glad it wasn't any worse, but it still is bad enough. I hope you feel better soon.

Rachel

MaryH said...

A fall like that is very scary. Had one myself a few years ago - I was taking some trash out to the curb in the dark. I stubbed my foot on a raised portion of sidewalk and catapulted (best word to describe what it felt like) onto the sidewalk and hit my face on some rocks that surrounded the big tree. I ended up in the emergency room with several stitches right above my eye - could have been so much worse - and a concussion. I looked like I had lost a fight in the ring! So, I understand your bewilderment, pain and bruising. Take it easy, my friend. It will take a few days for all the stiffness and pain and bruising to show up and make itself known and then it takes longer than you think for the body to heal. I am so very glad that you avoided a head injury. What was Snowy's reaction? If he saw you fall, I am sure he was frantic with worry. We all know how much he loves his family. Take it easy - you were very brave and strong to carry on throughout the day.

Anonymous said...

How awful on any day! May your rest be blessed and full of God's healing. Love - Guerrina

Shannon said...

Oh I hope you feel better soon!!

Anonymous said...

owwww.......sorry for your accident....prayers for quick healing!

Jan said...

Ohhhhhhh Becky...that's so scary!
I'm so thankful that you didn't break anything except a non-Becky item! Please take good care of yourself.

Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear about your fall, but glad to hear you are on the mend. Take it easy and let your body heal. Anna

Sue G said...

Boy or boy, can I relate. So glad you had pain pills AND a sleeping pill. I think I would kill for sleeping pills.

Praise God that you were not hurt more severely and that you were able to do what needed to be done.

Maybe you got lucky and bounced just a little bit? :-)

If falling is like working out, the second day afterwards is the worst. Praying that the worst is over.

Ann Martin said...

Praying for you and so thankful you did not break any bones. As I told Steve on FB my Daddy believed in "red oil" for soreness. It really does take the soreness out. You can get it at the drug store or possibly at Wal-Mart. I know I've tried it and it works. Daddy even used it on a pony when he cut his leg severely. Pony kept on going--did not seem to have any problems. Of course Daddy used it many times. Hope you get a good night's sleep tonight and feel better tomorrow.