"You hear laughter breaking through, it makes you want to fart. You’re heading for a breakdown, better pull yourself apart. " - John Cooper Clarke

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

So I was taken to A&E.....

(Photo taken by Coralie who isn’t used to my camera, hence the blurring.)

Coralie kindly drove me to A&E yesterday and even waited with me. I was seen to pretty quickly and the xrays proved that ….. I’ve broken my foot somewhere just below my little toe which is why I am now in plaster for the first time in my life. I have to go back next week to see the foot doctor and see if I can have a plastic support for my foot which will make me far more mobile than I am now. I’m supposed to be lying down but I simply don’t have the patience to spend all day on my back unless otherwise occupied and have become quite good at going upstairs on my bum, and coming downstairs upright with the aid of a crutch and the banister.

This morning, after giving myself my anti-blood clot injection, I managed to have a sit-down shower with my legs dangling over the side of the bath – one of which was completely wrapped in a plastic bag. I’m so used to being independent that I get annoyed at the things that I can’t do – like carry a cup of tea into the living room, cook, go down to the cellar, etc. Hopefully, I’ll be more mobile next week, and the pain will have subsided somewhat.

I really must thank Coralie for her amazing patience in the hospital, on the way home when she stopped off at a pharmacy to get my crutches and even bringing me lunch before she shot off like a bat out of hell with her boyfriend. That was when I realised how much I needed a cup of tea as I was parched. I finally made one and put it into one of those cup flasks and slowly moved it along into the living room by poking it with a crutch. I’d just got to the sofa when it fell over and the top opened, spilling half the contents on the floor.

Disaster. I went back to get a mop before managing to sit down to drink the remains of the tea.

How I broke my foot is beyond me – I must have hit it against a stair – so I am much more careful now. I think I defy gravity as falling UP the stairs is quite an achievement.

Most people fall down them.


  1. Posted Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    Now you know how I feel! Heal soon. xxx

  2. Posted Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    Nice leg …. broke or not ….. is the other one as good?

  3. Posted Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    Pictures of the bath scene would have been more interesting.
    And I can’t endorse John’s comment above – I hope you don’t break your heel next.

  4. Posted Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    Vicus, that depends on where she puts the plastic bag.

  5. Z
    Posted Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    Oh love, if you’re supposed to have your leg up, please do so as much as possible or it’ll swell up and hurt more and take longer to get better.

  6. Posted Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

    Oh my…Well, there goes your career as a foot model…Do feel better, please. And, if you’re going to defy the laws of physics, try something less dangerous, please? 😉

  7. Posted Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    Yes, keep that foot up so the swelling is reduced.
    You still look gorgeous.

  8. Posted Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 1:16 am | Permalink

    I’m relieved that you went to the hospital.

    Do you have one of those computer chairs with wheels? Maybe someone can bring it down for you, and you can use it to wheel yourself around……?

  9. Ruth
    Posted Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    At least you are now less likely to injure yourself at a new Year’s Eve drinkfest –
    and there’s a reason they say ‘put your feet up’ – it will heal faster that way…
    Happy New Year!

  10. Posted Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    I’m sorry you’ve had all this over Christmas. Rest. You want to get up and running (sort of) as soon as you can.

    It’s nice when they look after you for a change.

  11. Posted Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    A&E? That’s Amputations and Extractions, right?

  12. Posted Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    Poor you/ It’s not good when you can’t do the things you want to but as everyone says, you must try not to hop around too much. A supply of good books might keep your bum on a chair and your legs raised.

  13. Posted Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    Lucky you ! I always wanted a cast (and glasses, that one is done, now) but always managed to break parts that are un-castable…
    Came back from my mother’s place yesterday after a week, to find 2 inches of water in the bedrooms ! Today, the plumber came as well as a man sent by the insurance company, my son helped me clean most of the mess, and we are ready to end the year showered and joyful. Happy everything to you, big hugs and un bisou sur le bobo.

  14. Posted Friday, December 31, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    Want something to be thankful for?

    Be glad it wasn’t your arse wiping arm!! I hear that really makes you dependent on people!

    Get well soon!

    PS happy new year..it’s gotta be a better one. Eh??

  15. gddik
    Posted Friday, December 31, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    Your life isn’t dull, is it, Zoe? Something to celebrate in these chastened times. Hope it gets better soon, any road.

    @MartyrMom – ambidextrousness is a tremendous skill (even if it’s not a real word), and necessity is the mother of invention.

  16. Posted Sunday, January 2, 2011 at 5:45 am | Permalink

    I hope u will get the plastic support soon.Even then you should be resting to make it heal faster.How can u fall up stairs I wonder? I hope 2011 will be a lucky year for you.

  17. Posted Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 7:43 am | Permalink

    Falling up the stairs sounds like something I have done, or would likely do again. My mother called me Calamity Jane for years because I was so clumsy and continue to be. I’ve had some really spectacular falls too, but luckily none that resulted in plaster, usually just some cuts, bruises, and wounded pride. I even wrote a post about the more memorable ones. Heal fast!