Friday, February 17, 2006

Michelle and Me...we be mates

Well, I'm out of the competition.

I fell last night and really did something awful to my left arm and hand. I don't think it's broken, but I won't know until Monday when my xray results are finally given to my primary care doctor.

It was totally was just peeing rain outside and I was bringing my stuff to the car after my workshop at church. Coming back inside I tripped over the concrete apron around the stair well and fell forward down the steps...there are around 8 or 10 of them I think. Luckily I didn't really roll down them...mostly I flew down and landed on my left arm and smacked my head on the cement.

Here's the pics...not too gory, so the squeamish should feel too bad looking at them. Amazingly enough, I was able to drive myself home and I have the use of all my fingers, as long as I don't try to grip anything too tightly. So my thought is that the worst would be a fracture and a cast.

BUT, while knitting is certainly possible (and I proved it while I was waiting for Dan to pick me up after X-Rays), there are two problems:

a) I don't have anything like my usual speed or stamina, so there is no way I can finish the blanket in time for the end of the Olympics.

b) My husband is going to ream me a new one if he catches me knitting at any time, or so he says. Given he is on mid-winter break, it will be hard to sneak any knitting in, though I will probably do a little. I have a feeling that the more I use my fingers, the better at this point...I have this vision of them stiffening up so much that I won't be able to use them for a long, long time. I can type, but not for long periods of time and I can knit...just not for long periods of time.

So those of you who are still in the running, I will be cheering you on from the sidelines for now!


Clare said...

Ouch! You have my sympathies. Been there done that. But I was off a pushbike. I thought I had sprained my wrist as I could use my hand but noo, it was broken. If you have swelling you have probably broken something. Rest up so you can keep knitting later, maybe a chance to organize more yarn?
Just look for the bright side.

Mary said...

I was cringing reading this. Oh, my. You must be so sore. I am sorry you won't be able to knit as much, but seems your brain and creative nature will still be working so this will give you more time to think up new knitting projects for when you can once again knit. Sound like a plan?

Sue DeB, Somers, WI said...

Oh, NO! So sorry to hear about your fall but that is the fate of some ot the Torino athletes, too. Just so you are OK, and will be able to knit again. I enjoy your blog, and hearing about your family.
Sue DeB,Somers, WI, USA

Dorothy said...

I'm so sorry that you fell and hurt yourself.
My only thought was I looked at the picture of your hand was "they didn't cut off the ring?" Looks like your finger is swollen right around it.
Quick healing!

Michelle Laycock said...

I'm so sorry about your accident, Jan. I hope the results show minimal damage tomorrow. My thoughts are with you.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jan! I'm a new reader, just found your blog today. I had to write when I saw the pictures of your hand. I had a leg/ankle/foot once with those EXACT colors from falling down some steep stairs at
a concert only about 20,000 people saw biggie!
Get well soon!