For those who have a sense of who I am, when something as big as breaking a foot happens to me, the second thing that comes to mind is, what message is the universe trying to get through my thick skull? What’s this really about.
The first thing that came to mind was, “Ow, ow, ow!! Crap! Ow!! Crap! Little Man, go get your father!” That was just after I took a big step from our gravel walkway, down onto our lawn. A step I’ve done hundreds of times. This time, I had a sore ankle that my doctor, just the day before, had labeled as severely strained. Did I sit and keep my foot up, soaking and icing it? Well, for a little while. But, like most people, I had things to do.
Three little pots of herbs were waiting to be repotted so I could put them on the window sill just above my kitchen sink. I wanted to get it done before they died. So, I had just finished this task when I took a step and felt a horrible, horrifying ripping tear, just below my ankle.
I knew at that very moment it was bad. I put no weight back on it after nearly screaming in pain in front of my kid. Yelled, I did. Scream, I did not. Thank goodness my husband was home. He drove me to the Emergency Room, where Gerry, my nurse, was as efficient as he was funny. And, as it turns out, he grew up about 3 towns away from where I grew up, 3000 miles away. The x-ray showed a break in my foot, and I think a tendon may have been torn. I’ll find out the gory details soon. An orthopedic surgeon checked it out 24 hrs. after the injury, and ordered an MRI.
Ok, Universe. You’ve got me dead stopped. Even hobbling around the house on crutches is something I can barely do. Looks like I’ll be making one with the sofa and chairs around the house. Thank goodness even though our house has an upstairs, our bedroom, bathroom, and living spaces are on the ground floor. Perhaps I can get caught up on some reading and movie watching. I’ll get more insight into the higher meaning of things with the help of some dear friends. But for now, it’s all I can handle just to get to the bathroom.