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  • July 24th, 2006 | 9:17 AM
How NOT to spend your birthday

First off, thank you to all who sent birthday greetings. I'm slowly making my way through the replies. Slowly because I am typing one-handed. Friday my husband took me out to our new fav restaurant Bittersweet Bistro for my birthday dinner. We had a lovely meal and enjoyed being in the Aptos fog and away from the heat at home. After that we headed to Gayles in Capitola to stock up on food that didn't have to be cooked for the weekend. The parking lot has staggered parking places with those cement blocks to keep the cars from rolling forward. When I opened my door to step out there was a cement block right where I needed to step. I noticed it too late and stumbled. All I could think about was folding up like a V and hitting my tailbone on the pavement. Considering how messed up my back is I knew that would be a really bad experience with pretty much no recovery. So I put my hands out to break the fall and my left hand went inside the open door of the four-runner (heavy doors) and then the door shut on the tip of the middle finger of my left hand. Oh there was much blood and the finger did not look normal. We wrapped it in towels and ice (thank you Gayle's and the kind woman in the parking lot who heard me fall) and headed back over the hill to Good Samaritan hospital.

As emergency room waits go, I'm told it wasn't bad. A half an hour for the triage nurse to look at it and confirm that we were right to come in. A half an hour to wait for a bed after that. The first doctor came in, took one look and ordered X-rays. He also said something about maybe having to cut my wedding room off which freaked me out but luckily didn't happen. The nurse came in and said it might be hours before they had time for the X-rays but within minutes the X-ray tech came to get me. I was ever grateful. He took three pictures and as he wheeled me back to ER he said, "I'm not supposed to tell you this so you have to act surprised when the doctor tells you but it's broken. A compound fracture." Newsflash. I already figured that out. The finger looked too weird and the stuff that was coming out of the top wasn't normal. Sigh. How many years of being thrown off the back of horses and I never broke a single bone? How many years of falling in competitive skating and I never broke a single bone? But the important thing here is that I saved my back and tailbone. The doctor took only minutes to agree with the tech that it was broken and called in the hand specialist/plastic surgeon. She was there in half an hour. Fabulous Dr. Melody Lynd whom I now adore. She was a former English major want-to-be-writer turned doctor and we spent the time talking about writing. It was about 5 and 1/2 hours all told in emergency but I understand some people wait for that long just to be seen. We left there and I was doing okay, all things considered. I had had two vicodin and some antibiotics in the ER. A few hours later I had a reaction to the antibiotics. (I've had vicodin a lot so I doubt it was it.) I spent the next 24 hours throwing up, even after I got the anti-nausea medicine. Not fun. Even less fun in the house that was baking us at 92 degrees inside. We would have gone somewhere with A/C but I was too sick.

Thus endeth my birthday adventure. I am at work, typing one-handed, so everything is slow. (You would not believe how long it took to wash and comb my hair in the shower today. I have a lot of hair.) I am grateful that it was not much worse than it is.

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July 24th, 2006 04:51 pm (UTC)
Wow. Hope you hand feels better soon! {{{hugs}}}
July 24th, 2006 04:53 pm (UTC)
No offense, but your birthday sucked. Sorry to hear it. I hope that you're feeling much better soon.
July 24th, 2006 05:12 pm (UTC)
wild b-day adventure
What a wild birthday adventure. Not the way to spend a b-day! How about a do-over as soon as you're feeling better!
July 24th, 2006 05:24 pm (UTC)
Ouch - sorry! What a crappy birthday. It's amazing how much we use a body part and don't realize it until we can't. I broke my middle finger once and had it splinted for several weeks. That got old real fast.

Hope you heal quickly!
July 24th, 2006 05:29 pm (UTC)
Ouch! You poor thing. Feel better!
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July 24th, 2006 05:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, geez. That's no way to spend a birthday! =wince=

I hope that the recovery goes well for you.

[And this begs the question-- can you get your hands insured by Lloyd's of London? Just in case?]
July 24th, 2006 06:10 pm (UTC)
Ouch! Get well soon!

The time I broke my finger: I played soccer. Then I got home and accidentally slammed my finger on the counter. (The soccer thing is the red herring.)
July 24th, 2006 06:16 pm (UTC)
Well. This is one birhtday you won't forget....hope you're healed and feeling better soon.

Janet G
July 24th, 2006 06:16 pm (UTC)
Owwww! Hope you heal quickly!
July 24th, 2006 06:18 pm (UTC)
Good grief!
July 24th, 2006 06:30 pm (UTC)
Yikes! I hope your hand heals quickly.

You should definitely get a do-over birthday, on the date of your choice. ;)
July 24th, 2006 06:34 pm (UTC)
Ow and ew! I hope you feel better soon! I would have thrown up just at the sight of blood and broken parts, never mind the antibiotics!
July 24th, 2006 06:49 pm (UTC)
Susan, what a terrible end to your birthday celebration! Ouch!

Hope you're feeling better soon.
July 24th, 2006 07:23 pm (UTC)
Ouch! Sorry to hear about your injury. It sounds like my husband got off REALLY easy in the emergency room the week before. We were out biking and he took a really bad spill...ended up breaking his collar bone in two places. We were only in the emergency room 2 hours total.
July 24th, 2006 07:41 pm (UTC)
So sorry to hear you slipped and injured yourself! LAME!

More to write about, I suppose. It will surface again when you're deep into creating something.Wala, there it will be!
July 24th, 2006 08:48 pm (UTC)
Ow! Rest up, feel better, and heal quickly.
July 24th, 2006 09:39 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear about your birthday! You will just have to have an even BETTER dinner out (maybe tack a movie on there) when you're feeling better.

Now on to more important matters... (LOL) You were a competitive figure skater?? Me too! Where did you skate?

I should mention, I lurk on your blog & read the ARC for Hugging the Rock (sought it out specifically at PLA). LOVED it!

July 25th, 2006 01:08 am (UTC)
Oh, Susan! I'm so sorry that happened!!
July 25th, 2006 02:34 am (UTC)
feel better!
That sucks!! Hope you're on the mend soon!

July 26th, 2006 05:30 pm (UTC)

That must rank up there in The Worst Birthdays Ever.

Do over!
July 22nd, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
Dr. Melody Lynd
I am currently doing research on plastic surgeons in the bay area and came across Dr. Melody Lynd. I am looking into getting a breast reduction and saw your comment regarding her on your blog. I was wondering if there was anything more that you could say about her.
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

Who am I? A writer who never gets tired of playing with words, even when the words are hard to find. A writer of books for children and articles for grown-ups and many things in-between.

Who am I? A motivational speaker, writing instructor, workshop leader and full-time follower of dreams.

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