Thursday, October 3, 2013

About Those Plans...

Somebody said, "We make plans and God laughs."  (I don't know who that "somebody" is or was.  The interwebs says John Lennon, a Yiddish proverb, the tv drama Private Practice, or Woody Allen.  Take your pick.)  I don't think God really laughs at us, especially not at our misfortunes, but I do think that every once in awhile something happens to make us remember that we're not as much in charge as we think we are.

I started out this morning full of plans:  help my son move some furniture, get the second coat of paint on the back wall of the house, get under the side porch for a better look at what's needed to fix it, run some errands...but it was storming when I woke up so I decided to take a little nap and re-adjust my plans later.

About noon Mare knocked on the door, and I went to answer it in my favorite Hello Kitty jammies.  He apologized for not showing up to hang the clapboards (whatever, Mare) and we chatted for about half an hour.  Suddenly I felt yucky, really yucky, so I walked into the kitchen to sit down.  I made it to the kitchen doorway before I, in Mare's words, "dropped like a sack of taters".  Passed out cold.  On the way down I somehow managed to hit the door jamb at an odd angle, which broke my collarbone, and then I face-planted into the corner cabinet and opened up a small cut on my forehead.  That'll teach Mare to no-show when he's promised to help me!  He drove me to the hospital and spent the next three hours in the ER waiting room while they ran me through x-rays, a CT scan, bloodwork, and an EKG.  All in all, it's good news:  everything came back normal and the break is clean so the bone guy doesn't think I'll need surgery.  My glasses are shattered and my Hello Kitty jammies look like something out of a horror movie.  Come to think of it, I look like something out of a horror movie.  

I'm lucky.  Lucky that I wasn't alone, lucky that I wasn't hurt worse, lucky that I have health insurance to help pay for all this, and especially lucky that I have friends and family who care about me.  I'll try to remember all that in the face of the ortho doctor's warning: "No construction for you for the next six to eight weeks."  Ugh.  




21 comments:

  1. Oh no! Sending healing vibes at ya! Hope you heal fast. Sucks about your plans, but be assured a season or two without paint won't hurt your exterior too bad.

    Pat

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  2. Oh noes!!!!!!

    Kick back and enjoy the autumn. Cuddled with the critters.....indoor ones....not under the porch ones.

    The back of your house looks great. I'm sure your neighbors are thrilled with what you have done. They have old houses, too, so they know it doesn't happen overnight.

    Doctors didn't say you couldn't supervise Mare....LOL

    Get well and heal fast.

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    1. Thanks, Jan. I cuddled up with the critters and Libbi has become my protector. She sits on my right side and growls if the kitties come too close to my shoulder. lol

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  3. Take care. Wish I was a real neighbor instead of a web neighbor, so I could help out. Email me if you get bored and we can discuss the universe.

    Did they say why you fainted? The flu?

    By the way, out of curiosity I tried the Rhode Island Obamacare website. I fed it the information from ten years ago when the company I worked for went under, to see if I would have qualified then for health insurance . I could have gotten a $3000 deductible, $5200 out of pocket, $10 copay policy for $122 a month. Both my internist and a specialist I see are in the network for that plan. There are going to be a lot of people covered by health insurance January 1st who aren't now.

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    1. I wish you were too, Karen Anne. We could sit on the porch and discuss the universe. Oh well, email works too. :)

      That's interesting about Obamacare. I'm hopeful that once people sort through all the misinformation out there--and there's a lot--and see what their premiums will actually cost, that ACA will gain wider support. I'm anxious to see what my son's insurance will cost. He works three part-time jobs and pays $134 a month for insurance on his own, which isn't terrible, but it's a lot of money for him compared to what he makes.

      No idea why I fainted. The ER doc ruled out stroke, cardiac, blood sugar, and neuro. It's a bit worrisome.

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  4. OH NO! I really HATE to hear this. But you better listen to the ortho and get better! Glad you're able to see the bright side. Sometimes gratitude is its own reward. (And, of course, it surely must be a lesson for Mare in there somewhere. :-) )

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    1. Thanks, Nicole. I follow up with him on Monday, so after that I'll have a better idea of how bad the break is and how long it might take to heal. My friend Craig is a counselor and he taught me about "gratitude sessions"--when I'm feeling blue, or overwhelmed, or whatever, I take some time to consciously focus on things I'm grateful for, even writing them down sometimes. It really helps.

      Mare was seriously freaked out, more than I've ever seen him, and I've known him for almost 20 years and he's been witness to some bad injuries and weird stuff over the years. A part of me gets a wee tiny bit of fiendish glee out of that. ;)

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  5. But see, if Mare hadn't shown up maybe you'd have still been in bed, safely away from sharp objects - I think that should earn you at least a few hours of watching him work! The house is looking great, use the time to enjoy fall, hope you get healed up soon though...

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    1. Mare said the same thing, that if he hadn't come over I would've taken a nice long nap and not passed out and gotten hurt. I said, "You're right, it's all your fault." Then he said that the story he's gonna tell everyone is that I was overcome with joy at seeing him and I swooned. Bah! :)

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  6. Re tweet about black eye, etc. Poor you! You need someone to bring over a casserole and clean out the litter boxes.

    Soon you will have a green and yellow eye, a definite improvement over a black eye, then eventually it will all get better:-)

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    1. My son's been bringing me supper every night (well, sort of--Sonic last night; McDonald's tonight), running errands for me, and he took out the trash. Couldn't convince him to clean out the litter boxes too. lol I cleaned 'em out Thursday before the accident, and I'm about to see if I can do it one-handed tonight. Wish me luck.

      The eye thing is so weird. Wonder why it didn't happen right away?

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    2. I got curious and, the web knows all :-) It's called, oddly enough, delayed bruising. I didn't see a consensus on why it happens. 2-3 places said it happens if the most injured area is deeply below the surface, but another one was talking about it at the ankle, and it's hard to see how there can be anything deep about a bruise-type injury there since I would think there isn't much depth before you get to the bone.

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    3. Delayed bruising. Wonder how they came up with that? Haha! Yeah, I wouldn't think there'd be much tissue on top of either the ankle bone or, in my case, the eye socket. You were right--today I have a green and yellow eye!

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  7. Hmm. I thought I'd posted something here yesterday, but it must not have taken. Lousy internets. Anyway, imagine me waving my arms at the computer screen and my eyes generally popping out of my head, reading this. How terrible! For heaven's sake, girl, take good care of yourself!

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    1. Thanks, Laura! Stupid internets. lol

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  8. I think it's great Karen Anne can get affordable healthcare thanks to people like me whose insurance tripled, and that's not misinformation, that's FACT! More government- redistribute wealth- it's called socialism! Nice for you maybe, but not the hard working middle class, it's more taxation on the already over taxed man! What's fair about that?

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    1. Yikes, Milah! Tripled?? Is that through the insurance exchanges, or what? President Obama overstated the impact of ACA when he said that everyone's health insurance would be cheaper--there's so many variables that it's impossible to make a blanket statement like that--when the truth is that it will be cheaper for some people and higher for others, but a increase of that much is pretty darn scary!

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    2. Milah, I'm with you... but my sentiment is this: Nothing is life is free. And those who think that that ACA is going to help everyone is certifiable. Why? 1) I spoke with a restaurant owner three weeks ago, they own four sites, not a big chain, but multiple employees. They have already take them all, not just the new hires, and placed them at 28 hours a week. A job that may have just barely supported a family is now cute to welfare standards, forcing many of them to take on another job. Where is their family time, what job gets the most loyalty? How long before they get fired or have to quit one or the other because of no-shows, or no sleep. The place I work for (2400 employees) is now mostly offering part time positions. Yes you can pick up time to get up to forty hours... but your benefit cost, and anything related to your official FTE is rated as part time. My niece (25) with high student loan debt and a retail job has rheumatoid arthritis, my daughter asthma. I will not disagree that our health care system needed an overhaul... but I do not feel the way it was put together will be best for the country in the long haul. And also, many different aspects of the US economy are in dire need of an overhaul, NOT just the health care industry.

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  9. I am so sorry to hear about your injuryl! Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

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