Saturday, June 4, 2011

How not to spend a Friday afternoon

This weekend was going to be all kinds of awesome - house stuff on Friday, a bridal shower and a family dinner on Saturday and then a full sewing day on Sunday. Friday morning started off great. Got in a good workout and then ran back up to the house so that Salvation Army could come by and pick up a bunch of stuff. Had lunch with my brother that afternoon and after he left, the DirecTV guy came by to add a few more services to the house.

We went outside so I could show him where the dish was on the roof. I was on our back steps and looked up so I could point out the dish. Mid sentence and next thing I know I was falling straight back off the side of the staircase - about a 3 feet drop - onto the concrete below. Tried, but couldn't break my fall, so I landed directly on the back of my head and my upper back. The DirecTV guy lost his head. I, somehow, stayed really calm, even after he started freaking out about how much blood there was on the ground.

He eventually got through to 911 and about 5 minutes later, the fireman and paramedics showed up. Even though I could feel all of my extremeties and never lost consciousness, they erred on the side of caution and off I went to the hospital in on a backboard in an ambulance. I mean, when I injure myself, I go big. :/

Thankfully, after 4 stitches and a trip to L&D, both the baby and I are okay. Well, the baby is more than okay, kicking all over the place during the entire stay. I'm pretty sore and my head feels like a combination of a bad hangover and like I banged it against a concrete floor. Oh wait, that's because I did.

I'm benched from my gym workouts until the staples are removed, which is a total bummer for me, too. But, I'm so grateful that it wasn't any worse than a bad bump and a nasty cut on my head and some icky bruising and swelling on my back.

And because no post is complete without a picture, here is the way Jim found me when he met me in the ER. Kinda looks like I'm an extra for a civil war movie, doesn't it?

23 comments:

Reethi said...

Ouch! And more ouch! Glad you are (more or less) fine.

kim said...

OMG Amber!!!!! I am so glad you both are OK. How scary!!!

KID, MD said...

Oh my goodness!! I'm glad you and the wee one are well. That'll be a fun story to tell...

Venus de Hilo said...

So glad you and baby are okay! And don't feel you're the only one who falls over...

I went out on our driveway to look up at the stars last night (a rare sight here), and almost tipped over backwards. If there'd been a step behind me instead of almost-flat ground, I would have gone down for sure.

Hope you heal up soon.

MushyWear said...

Oh my goodness. I am so glad you and baby are okay! So sorry you had this mishap. Rest up and take it easy.

SEWN said...

Oh wow! So glad you're ok. If it makes you feel any better, I fell when I was 8.5 months pregnant on 57th St and 6th Ave in NYC. In the middle of the street!!! I was more embarrassed than hurt. It happens though. When you're pregnant, you just tend to fall.

kenpen said...

Glad that you are ok. Just think, you've given the TV guy a great story! Yes, it does like Civil War-esque.

Sewing Geek said...

I am so sorry that you got hurt, but thank goodness you will be okay 'with time'.

I love the look on your face in the picture, by the way. You are definitely looking disgruntled with the whole thing.

Rosie said...

Goodness Amber - when you do things, you go all the way. I'm happy to hear that you and the baby are both doing fine.

Susan said...

Is it bad for me to say that I'm glad you fell on your back? I don't think I could have taken hearing your fell front forward! I'm just happy to hear both you and your little one are safe and sound, despite your bruises and ahces.

I know I was a clumsy mess during my pregnancy too.

Jemajo said...

Oh, you poor dear!
Thank God you and your baby are ok.
Hope you get plenty of rest and get well soon.

Winnie said...

Get better soon, A!

Karin said...

Ouch! How awful! I am glad that there is no lasting harm to you or baby, and you still have your good humour. I hope you feel better soon!

ssinca said...

oh.em.gee - so scary! very glad you and le bebe are OK.

Amanda S. said...

Girl!!! SO glad you and the baby are okay! Hysterical picture, I love your facial expression.

Handmade said...

Dear oh dear oh dear! Sounds like you were very lucky! Priceless photo by the way! Hope you mend quickly!

Silvia said...

My goodness. Weirdest things happen to you! Should volunteer for one of our BT drills... :P
But seriously I'm very glad that you and your baby are okay.

Insomniac said...

WTF? Oh my god - I'm so glad you're okay! I also had to go to the ER for falling down some steps and was on crutches for weeks. My life is full of danger. lol

Feminist Gold Digger said...

So proud of you for going down in a BIG way. That's the way to do it! Glad you are doing well though. :)

wan said...

i would've been the same as the directv guy. for real.

so glad you're both doing okay!

AllisonC said...

Oh my gawd, thank goodness you are both OK, well all three of you if we include the TV guy.

Rosy said...

Oh, my God! A big scare, I hope you and your baby are well and healthy, you recover soon!

Vanessa said...

What an ordeal! I am glad you and your family are doing well.