|That's me on the left and Mary on the right. Last picture of me standing on 2 legs as of April 24!|
"You two pose in front of Pot Belly's and I'll take your picture!" Linda suggested.
So Mary zipped ahead, cruised easily up the short sidewalk ramp and turned around waiting for me. I zipped across the street, turned and started up the ramp. The next thing I knew my foot was in a vise, hurting like heck, and my head was bouncing off the sidewalk. The Segway took off across the street pushing its own handlebars in front of it. Linda took off to catch it and Mary appeared at my side. I rolled up to a sitting position and tried to assess the damage.
I hoped it was a really bad, really painful sprain, but I thought my foot might be broken. I called my daughter and told her I thought I had a really bad sprain. She said when she saw my foot at the ER she knew better; my foot was swollen twice its size and pointed the wrong way.
Bottom line I had a dislocated foot/ankle, broken ankle, and broken fibula. And I thought I heard the doctor use the word "shredded" at some point. They gave me some wonderful drugs in the ER, and set my foot/ankle/leg so they all pointed in the correct direction. The next day I had surgery and I know have metal plates and screws in my lower leg and ankle. I had a cast for two weeks, then a boot for the next 4 weeks. Hopefully, when I go to the doctor this Wednesday (Jun 12), I will be pronounced "HEALED" and be able to walk, drive (my manual VW), and move back home.
I've had many blessings:
Two strangers lifted me into Linda's car so I could get to the ER.
My two Segway friends got me to the ER.
My daughter took me into her home - never hesitated - and has taken wonderful care of me.
My sister and my wonderful nephew have driven me on all kinds of errands and even to the movies.
My brother and my delightful niece have driven me on errands, out for meals, and kept me company.
My granddaughter has told me she liked me living in her home and seeing me everyday. And I've had some great quality time with her, plus I was able to attend her kindergarten awards day.
My two Segway friends have driven me here, there, and everywhere - and kept me entertained by phone and text.
My boss has allowed me to work from home so I could continue to have an income.
My doctor discovered through routine blood tests that I have diabetes 2 and I have now started on a program of healthful eating, glucose testing, and limited (for now!) exercise. This could have gone undiagnosed for a while longer without this accident.
My surgeon said this was just a speedbump in the road. A few weeks from now I will need to remind myself what it was like to be almost helpless and dependent on the kindness of others. I won't forget the good things, though.
PS No more Segways for me. I've also scratched skydiving and bungi-jumping off my bucket list.