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OK, first: Fucking goddamn fucking fucking fucking construction on our street since fucking June!!! with all the parkways crudded up with leftover pipes and cement thingies and wires and a big stack of big branches that their big machines tore off the trees, but that no one has bothered to cart away.

And then: I'm walking home from doing many errands, and I see the UPS guy at my door, with a big ol' package I've been expecting. So I run. "Hey!" I shout. "I'm here!" and then something (a fucking branch, sticking out but not exactly visible) hits my ankle, and I am suddenly in the fetal position on the sidewalk, and there is so much pain in my head that I can't even think. I stay very still for a moment, then I touch my head and there is blood everywhere. My hand is covered in bright blood, and when I finally sit up, blood rolls down my cheek and down my coat and on to the pavement. The UPS guy, aghast, and a neighbor who happened to be driving down the alley when I sat up bloody and confused, help me to the porch and hand me tissues. The neighbor, whom I've never met before this unfortunate moment, keeps me from fainting or puking by folding me over my knees and making sure I don't close my eyes. The UPS guy calls the ambulance.

The good news: I got my package. I didn't even have to sign for it. Also, I still have all my teeth.

The fun part: I got to ride in the ambulance, with sirens and everything! I told the EMTs they didn't need to do that for little old me. "SOP," said the EMT. So alrighty! I got a look at myself in a reflective surface in the ambulance, and it was not pretty. The actual scrape is pretty small, but the blood was all caked around my nose and streaked across my forehead and chin. SOP EMT helped me clean up my hands and face with some hydrogen peroxide, and we cracked jokes and had a great time.

The not-at-all-fun part: Looks like I need to get that tetanus shot after all. The supervising physician at the ER scolded me for not wanting to get it done right that second, even after I explained about the needle thing I have. But the other physician who saw me (Doctor Jr.) kept telling me to please not get upset, and I probably don't have tetanus, and if I want to wait until Monday when I follow up with my regular GP, that will be OK. I cried anyway, then I felt stupid.

The result: Several scrapes, and a mild concussion. I have to keep icing my head so I don't get a goose egg. And I guess I have to get the tetanus shot. Also, I'm gonna call the alderman's office in the morning to see if someone can clear those fucking branches.

I still have some blood in my hair. I'm gonna go take a shower.

Replies: 16 Confessions

good lord woman, what a day. I'm glad you're going to be OK.

Give that alderman hell. If what happened to you had happened to a little old lady it would have made the evening news! Be sure you take lots of pics of your injuries while they are good and gross, so you can show them.

take care.

the other amy @ 11/07/2003 01:52 AM CST


oh, one more thing, about the needles.
Have you ever tried hypnotherapy? Rob and I used it when we quit smoking. It can be very a helpful tool for getting through extremely stressful periods. Just a thought.

the other amy @ 11/07/2003 01:55 AM CST


Also the "mild" in mild concussion is all relative. It is possible that you won't be thinking as well as usual, and that you won't notice that you're not thinking as well as usual, so you might want to postpone any activity that requires you to be really sharp, such as taking an exam. I bet you could get a note from your SOP.

elavil @ 11/07/2003 06:44 AM CST


Scary, but at least the ride in the ambulance sounded like fun. Hope you're feeling better.

Barry @ 11/07/2003 08:11 AM CST


oh sweetie that is awful. call the alderman. I am glad you had one of the dr. listen to you and okay'ed you waiting to get your tetanus shot till monday.

*hug*

shechemist @ 11/07/2003 09:13 AM CST


Owie!!!! You poor thing. Raise holy hell with the city, that's ridiculous.

Miriam @ 11/07/2003 09:53 AM CST


:-(

Charlie @ 11/07/2003 10:57 AM CST


Yowza! Jim said you hit your head, but wowsers! That sounds awful. I'm glad you're okay and I'm sorry you had to go through so much for nothing. After the trunk show, I'll storm into the alderman's office with you and if they aren't nice, we can write an expose for Gapers Blcok. That'll teach 'em.

Cinnamon @ 11/07/2003 01:00 PM CST


Oh man!!!

Sorry to hear you got banged up, glad to hear it wasn't superbad, angry at city govt. for lack of cleaning up branches!

maggie @ 11/07/2003 04:47 PM CST


(what's SOP mean?)

I'm so glad you're ok. Your neighbor rules. But: Fecking construction asses. Indeed, a blood and gorey photo, sent to the wives and mistresses of the foreman and alderman, are in order.

Jessica @ 11/08/2003 01:17 PM CST


SOP = Standard Operating Procedure.

Also, I sent my neighbor a thank-you card yesterday. And the UPS guy stopped by yesterday afternoon on his route to see if I was OK. People are good sometimes.

amyc @ 11/08/2003 02:16 PM CST


Rob wants to know what was in the box.

(he also wants me to add that he only asks that after knowing that you are ok and haven't lost a limb or anything)

the other amy @ 11/09/2003 04:42 AM CST


It was a box full of empty boxes! Seriously, I bought 100 paper jewelry boxes for the Trunk Show this Saturday.

amyc @ 11/09/2003 09:28 AM CST


Jeeze Louise - just a note saying I'm glad you're not hurt too badly.
A ride in an ambulance? Dude - you ROCK!

Jor-El @ 11/10/2003 12:39 PM CST


Aren't tetanus shots the worst?

I had to get a tetanus shot the other day. I wore a really cool racer back
tank to stay comfortable. the doctor stuck the tetanus needle straight down
deep into my sleeveless right arm up high by my shoulder. the needle just
felt a bit sticky going in. then she pushed down on the syringe and
suddenly I felt this really deep tight muscly ache up by my shoulder as the
tetanus went in. she told me to relax--yeah right!--but my muscle always
tightens up for the tetanus. my arm ached for three days. am I glad
tetanus is good for ten years! I just wore tank tops for a few days, so I
wouldn't have to hassle getting my arm in and out of a sleeve. thank
goodness for tank tops!

sophie @ 12/09/2003 06:18 AM CST


Aren't tetanus shots the worst?

I had to get a tetanus shot the other day. I wore a really cool racer back
tank to stay comfortable. the doctor stuck the tetanus needle straight down
deep into my sleeveless right arm up high by my shoulder. the needle just
felt a bit sticky going in. then she pushed down on the syringe and
suddenly I felt this really deep tight muscly ache up by my shoulder as the
tetanus went in. she told me to relax--yeah right!--but my muscle always
tightens up for the tetanus. my arm ached for three days. am I glad
tetanus is good for ten years! I just wore tank tops for a few days, so I
wouldn't have to hassle getting my arm in and out of a sleeve. thank
goodness for tank tops!

sophie @ 12/09/2003 06:18 AM CST


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