Thursday, August 07, 2008

hopped up on goof-balls

That's right, I am. And it is GLORIOUS.

The short story is:

I fell down the stairs at church on Sunday. In front of everyone. And I was wearing a skirt. I went to an urgent care center where I had x-rays taken. Upon review of the x-rays, it was determined that I had not broken anything, but most likely bruised my coccyx. Badly. I was also given a prescription for Vicodin which I promptly filled at Wegmans.

Tuesday I went for a follow-up with my regular doctor, who told me that the very tip of the coccyx had most likely separated from the rest of the bone and that I would have pain for several more weeks while it heals.

The rest of my body is bruised and swollen, but I thankfully didn't break an arm or sprain an ankle or anything like that. It has been a painful challenge getting in and out of bed, standing up, sitting down, bending over, using the bathroom, etc. I was using a cane for a while to help with going up and down the stairs, and a walker in the bathroom to hang on to while getting in and out of the shower. I have an inflatable donut I sit on for support, which helps a little with the pain.

But, I am supposed to not be sedentary, to keep with my regular routine as much as possible.

I've stayed home from work all week using my accumulated sick time, which has been most helpful in my recovery. Each day I've felt a little better and have been able to perform more tasks than the day before. (This is the first time since last week I've been able to check e-mail.) If I keep on keeping on, my hope is to be mostly pain-free by the time we leave for our trip to Cape May in two weeks.

Thanks to all of you who have offered your well-wishes!


Mr. Nighttime said...

First off, glad to hear you are on the mend. It is amazing how the smallest of bones can cause the most pain. Ryan is giving you much TLC, I presume?

You fell in a skirt? Well, that is not too bad, unless of course it went up over your head, in which case I hope you had knickers on..... ;-)

Pamela said...

Good Lord! That is awful. I can't believe I didn't figure out who you are earlier in the day. I'm not hopped up on goofballs, but I might as well be. Hope you are feeling better soon. And save some of those goofballs for later.

Julie Zickefoose said...

Wow, I just got my first scrip for Vicodin too--I walked too long on soft sand at the beach and screwed up my back and sciatic nerves. I took exactly one before deciding that ibuprofen would probably do the trick. But I'm hoarding them for those sciatica nights...good luck with the healing coccyx. It takes a LONG time, and there are so many nerves connected there, that it's a pretty big deal. The rubber donut is your friend!