Tuesday, 12 March 2013

I'm a walking disaster

...except I can't actually walk very well at the moment.  On Sunday I was walking down the balcony steps.  My foot slipped on the bottom step and as I grabbed the handrail to stop myself falling, my middle toe folded up underneath itself and I heard a crack.

I think it's probably broken.  It's red, black and blue and this has spread over the top of my foot too.  I'm aware that you can't really mend broken toes, unless there are complications, like a bone being exposed through broken skin, or if it's completely crooked.  Mine is still in it's correct position, but very swollen.  For the past two days I couldn't put slippers on and have had to sleep with my foot hanging out of the bed.   I've taken the right action, icepacks and ibubrofen, and gradually the swelling is going down.

It's sod's law that something happens like this when I have plans.  I was hoping to go walking with Annie, Jake and Poppy at the end of this week.  I even bought new walking boots on Friday, as my old ones fell apart in the rain in England in December.  It's looking a bit doubtful but I'm trying to remain optimistic.

We also had a visit from Gwen and Suleyman yesterday.  They were heading over to Bodrum from their home in Aydin and would have collected me on the way...but I can hardly go out in bare feet.  They arrived back at our's mid afternoon and we spent a pleasant evening, eating, and generally catching up.

They stayed the night and were going back to Bodrum today.  Again I could have gone with them.  I tried to put on shoes, but it was impossible.

I get very cross when I fall over or injure myself.   It's just clumsiness and my own fault because I just don't take enough care.

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  1. Ouch, that sounds so painful! I'm a regular 'faller' too - last summer I fell three times, firstly off a chair (I was balancing on the back legs and it broke... totally my fault!). The second time was when I slipped down some marble steps coming out of a friend's apartment - I had the biggest bruise you've ever seen! The third time was when I slipped in the shower and broke my wrist.

    I've just fallen once so far this year and that was last weekend - I fell off the chair in front of a classroom full of English students :)

    Hope your toe's better soon.

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    1. Ouch back at you Lilli. We are clearly kindred spirits! I don't think a week goes past without an injury or fall of some kind. And yes 99% of the time it's completely my own fault. Very embarrassing when you have an audience.

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  2. My mother did the same thing to her small toe. She woke up, but her leg remained sleeping, When she stood up she promptly flopped onto the floor, breaking her little toe in the process. I recall coming home after a night shift and seeing chairs all over the house (in the bathroom) and nobody home. And no brewed coffee in the coffee maker. (A very bad sign!) Perplexing. I later learned my parents were at the hospital.

    As you say, there's not much you can do except let it heal. My mom did have a heavy bandage on it and had to have a camp folding chair to keep her foot propped up. At that time, my sister came to visit, bring her new dog (totally uncontrollable). The problem was we already had a dog and he was very territorial. You can imagine how this story goes.
    It all happened very suddenly, going from inexplicable growling to all hell breaking loose. The two dogs acted like they wanted to tear each other's heads off and there was my mother screaming, unable to move, flapping her arms, trying to get somebody to do SOMETHING. The only thing I could think of doing was throwing cold water on them, which I had read was the thing to do, but trying to fill up a bucket and getting ice cubes and whatnot all seemed impractical. Besides by that time I did all that, I would have been standing there with a dripping bucket of water and two dead dogs.

    It was, at the time, horrifying. Nothing gets your adrenalin flowing like two angry dachshunds fighting. However, since no harm was actually done, I still smile when I think of the event.

    Take care of yourself, Ayak and hope you recover quickly. In other words, Gecmis olsun, canim.

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    1. Oh Nomad, I shouldn't laugh, but you do paint a very funny picture of all the chaos. Your poor mum, flapping her arms and unable to do anything about the dogs. I didn't want a trip to the hospital (on the motorbile bare footed) and I don't want a bandage, but I am keeping the foot elevated as much as possible. It will heal in time....thankyou xxx

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  3. Oh Ayak, I feel for you. Although at the moment I have so little feeling in my feet ( hopefully short term chemo effect) I can see myself joining you. I am having to be incredibly careful walking anywhere....coming downstairs is hilarious to watch ! Take care. Jxx

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    1. Oh poor you Janice...don't sympathise with me because mine is just carelessness and clumsiness...self-inflicted. You on the other hand really need to take care not to fall. You don't want anything to interfere with your recovery. Lots of Love xxx

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  4. My husband has endless falls thanks to his paralysed feet...but, fingers crossed, no bones broken so far, so I really feel for you...it's so beastly painful and so frustrating to be limited.

    He uses a cream containing phenilbutizone - intended for horses but it works wonders on him as long as the skin is not broken. It might be worth asking at the chemist to see if they have anything like it.

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    1. It is frustrating Helen and I do sympathise with your husband. I will have a word with our pharmacist about phenilbutizone..thanks x

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  5. That sounds so awful.
    Last year I twisted my ankle when I misjudged one tiny step about 3" high.
    I have been paying the price ever since. Apparently, I should have sat with my foot raised for much of the time while it healed & I didn't. Now there is a sort of numbness going right ip through the leg.
    I should imagine you need to do the same to get the swelling down and to ease the pressure. Ice compresses might help too.
    Hope you are soon better but if it is broken it will take about 2 months or so to heal.
    Hugs
    Maggie x

    Nuts in May

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    1. That's the problem Maggie..allowing ourselves to rest up when we should, to avoid the long term effects. Easier said than done sometimes. Thankyou xxx

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  6. Do you think we need to change our glasses as we both seem to be throwing ourselves around a bit?

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    1. I did recently change my glasses BtoB..maybe I should go back to my old ones!

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  7. Oh, poor Ayak, I do feel for you as I've done very similar things myself in the past, including breaking the same long bone on the outer edge of my left foot, not once but twice! The problem is that bones don't heal well if we try to walk ion them, but trying to manage without walking on them is so awkward and inconvenient. I do hope your toe mends quickly. Hugs Pxxx

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    1. Oh that sounds painful Perpetua. And to do it twice. It is very inconvenient but makes you realise how lucky we are to be able to walk at all. Thankyou xx

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  8. I can totally relate Ayak, because I am myself a walking talking disaster. I don't know if it is absentmindedness or clumsiness, but I am constantly bumping into things or falling down or cutting my fingers. When I am not doing it to myself, I am at the receiving end of somebody else's clumsiness.

    You take good rest and get well soon.:)

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    1. Hi and welcome. We should form a club! Seriously, it's very annoying when these accidents keep happening. I think it#s a combination of absentmindedness and clumsiness don't you?

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