From High Heels To Orthopedics Shoes!

(7/12/12) My friends from Oregon came through Brentwood and stopped for a few days on their way back home from San Diego to Portland. As always we had a fun time until I totally goofed, “And Opps,I Did It Again” (but didn't have as much fun as Brittney Spears).

Yesterday, Janet and I went to our lovely pool at Summerset and for a while we were the only ones there. She commented that I really needed to use a cane because my gait was so uneven and that I  should never go there alone but I said …”oh no I am fine, I am really careful, and didn’t fall much”. (She is a registered nurse).  We had an appt. for a pedicure at 4:00 PM so packed up our stuff at 3:30 and left the pool. As I was going through the gate, PLOP, I fell!  Into a bush! Well, it was so embarrassing, because in no time at all a small group gathered trying to figure out how get me up, gracefully………that’s impossible for starters!  Usually, the only way I can get up is to roll over, put something under my knees, & get on all fours then try stand!!  Is that a pitiful picture or what??!!  Unfortunately, when I fell, I twisted my foot ankle & knee under me, as I crashed into a bush, so that method did not work.  Soon my “white knight”, (Jim) drove up in our blue van and I knew I was saved.  So he, (Jim) and Janet pulled me up, with blood streaming down my arm, from the bush, and I hobbled to the van with cheers from the onlookers watching this drama unfold.   (For those of you that don’t know me, I have 4” bolts in my  ankles  from fusions, artificial knees and hips and spinal stenosis…kind of bionic I’d say.  In fact I tell folks” I won’t wear out, I’ll rust out”! THAT is the reason I can’t get up easily, actually not at all without help!) 

When we got home, now really hurting, I was literally “put to bed”, leg elevated & foot iced.  I called my Dr.’s office, I have a foot/ankle surgeon, knee surgeon, hip surgeon & spine specialist there at Muir Orthopedics and they couldn’t get me in….go figure. In the past few years I have been the main financial support for this group of Doctors.  So this morning, I went to the Urgent Care Center in Brentwood.  Now for future reference I have to say I do NOT live in “OJ” Brentwood in So. California, I live in the Bay area in a darling farm community, so unless you have the good fortune to live in “my Brentwood” you cannot go to my wonderful local Urgent Care & Medical Center.

From the moment I walked it people were lovely.  It is really embarrassing when I go to x-ray, etc., because everyone knows me and beside questions about the current real estate market, I get lots of hugs. When we were in the Dr’s office, we met a darling lady, the “medical assistant, Dee.  She fluttered around me like a mother hen over her baby chick. She served up loving care with a warm wonderful personality.  I now have decent crutches, a boot w/ all accessories, a brand new tetanus shot, and a bandaged arm from my fight with the bushes when I fell,   she was wonderful!   It was her birthday, so we stopped & got her a little thank you /birthday flower & dropped it off.  As we were driving home we decided what a fun day we had at the Brentwood Urgent Care Center.   Are we nuts or what??????

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Craig Maxwell | Reply 15.07.2012 13.31

You are my hero :)

No one can go through this much crap with the grace and humor that you do.
By the way, I think the blog needs to accommodate pictures.

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