“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” ....Oscar Wilde

Monday 10 February 2014


I was thinking of entering the photographs into either Silent Sunday or Wordless Wednesday, but then if I saw photos like these I'd certainly want to know more details. 
So with that in mind, I thought I'd write a completely separate post explaining what happened to my hand. 
Here are the photos...
I want to state clearly here and now that...I WAS NOT DRUNK
It happened on Saturday night when we were out with friends. 
Yes, some alcohol was consumed but not excessively it has to be said. 

I was contemplating being creative when retelling my story as to how it actually happened...Hmm...
...I was galloping on horseback along the beach when I fell off my trusty steed...
or it happened when snowboarding (taking into account snowboarder Jenny Jones winning Great Britain's first medal at the Sochi Winter Olympics ~ congrats)...
or mountain biking at speed through the rough terrain of the local woods! 

But the truth is...(no laughing please) I fell into a taxi. Yes into a taxi.
It's a little difficult to explain what happened exactly, but basically I slipped off the curb (sidewalk for my American visitors) whilst saying goodbye to someone and fell between the curb and the taxi (cab). My arm went into the taxi, whilst my body stayed outside, with my ribs hitting the door sill. 
If my ribs heal within 6 weeks...then I've only cracked them, but if it takes 12 weeks, then they are broken. 
Each painful cough, sneeze or lady burp (a silent internal belch) gives me a sharp reminder that six weeks is a very looooooong time. 
Plus no driving...so cabin fever may well be a complication. 

I've been complaining lately about how time flies and making statements like "where does the time go?" but let me tell you, I watched the clock for most of Saturday night and into the early hours of Sunday morning. Every minute seemed to be an hour and by 4.30am I could stand it no longer, I just had to get up (with difficulty). 
No chance of a much needed Sunday morning lie-in I'm afraid.  

I would like to add my apologies at this point for not visiting everyone recently, or if you've taken the time to leave a comment on any of my previous posts (that I adore seeing by the way) thank you and I hope to catch up with you soon. 
But remarkably I did manage to bake a cake (one-handed) so I was really please and the builders even more so.
Well if I'm honest my kitchen aid did most of the work. 

Here's the recipe for Lemon Drizzle Cake

With having to master lots of new one handed skills since the weekend, it's made me think about all the people who may be having similar trials and tribulations mastering new skills, whether it's the use of a prosthetic limb or loosing their eyesight, we should all be thankful for what we have whilst we have it...it's not until you lose something that you realise just how important it can be. 
Time for more painkillers I think.

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Have a great week everyone...and just remember be careful out there! 


  1. This is why they say truth is stranger than fiction! Oh, you poor thing! I can TOTALLY relate because I had my left arm in a sling for months and to this day I can't use it like my right arm. I learned to type one-handed...well, and do a lot of things one-handed. Since I can't lift much (or for very long, either), push, pull, grip, or lean weight on my left arm I have a lot of props I use to help me out. I've adapted--became my new normal--LOL! Been 20 years now. Yours will get better. Do all the exercises they tell you to do if they send you to physical therapy!

    And the ribs!! I've had inflamed cartilage of my entire ribcage 4 or 5 times (once you have it you are susceptible to getting it again but it's been like ten years--knock on wood). It hurts to breathe! Viral and lasts 4-5 months. I could almost feel sympathy pain in my ribs when I was reading. No hugs for you, lady. Even gentle ones hurt, I know. Sending love and healing energy!!! This too shall pass. :)

    1. Hello Rita,
      It's amazing how you adapt if you really want to do something badly enough. My teeth have certainly come in handy at times over the last few days ;D
      It sounds like you have had quite a hard time over the years with all that you describe above.
      Oooh inflamed cartilage sounds so painful...I've never heard of that before. I'll knock on wood and keep my fingers crossed that you remain pain free.
      By comparison my little tumble sounds nothing compared to all that you've describe.
      Thanks for all your love and healing energy...I really appreciate your kind comments.
      I'll pop across to see you as soon as I can.
      In the meantime have a great week and keep cosy :D

  2. LOL! We call it curb too...just spell it different.... I hope you feel better soon....is it your dominant hand?? Hope not......Hugs! deb

    1. Thankfully it isn't my dominant hand Deb, which was such a relief.
      Hugs to you too and thanks for stopping by ;D

      Have a great week whatever you have planned.

  3. Oh Neesie, poor you! Whatever, ribs whether cracked or broken are absolute agony - and your poor wrist :( Hope you heal really soon!

    Hugs, Di xx

    1. I know Di...poor me (hehe) If I work this right I could milk it for months! ;)
      I guess I won't be joining the WOYWW gang this week after all.
      If you would like to enter into my giveaway prize draw before 15th Feb just leave a quick comment in my Grow Your Blog Party.
      Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a message
      I'll pop by your place soon to see what you've been up to.

  4. Oh dear, of course a proper lady like you or me would not be drunk, we would be tipsy. What a bad fall you took into a cab. I admire you for baking a cake one handed! I hope your arm and ribs heal surprisingly quickly and that you get rides so you can get out and about.

    1. Tipsy...yeah I like that Terra, it sounds much better than drunk doesn't it? But I wasn't tipsy or drunk remember ;D
      I was more embarrassed at the fall more than anything else...what a numpty!
      You'd think I was an old frail dear instead of a 19 year old spring chick!

      Thanks for your visit...I really appreciate it.
      See you at your place soon xoxo

  5. My poor sweet friend. You're supposed to LOOK before you trip! ;o) Both mom and I send gentle hugs or how about virtual hugs, they don't hurt at all. I'm guessing the broken wing isn't your dominant hand as I'd think you'd have mentioned that part! So, get out a really colorful sharpie and get doodling on that cast, I can't WAIT to see how you decorate it!! Get your daughter to help you, what a great art project. Much love from still C-c-c-cold Canada.

    1. I took a step backwards Jenn so wasn't looking unfortunately. A little like yesterday when I had 'help' getting dressed and my t-shirt went on back-to-front...I was choked all day and felt like I should have been walking backwards! ;D
      Gentle or virtual hugs are wonderful and gratefully received.
      I love your description of the broken wing and you guessed right it isn't my dominant wing hehe
      My son volunteered (scarily) to decorate the cast as soon as I came home but it's not smooth more like mesh, so it would be difficult to do.
      I think I'm relieved at that because I dread to think what he'd draw.
      My daughter is coming up this next weekend so we'll see if it's possible. If we manage anything I'll let you see the outcome :D
      We had a little snow flurry here this morning but thankfully the sun's arrived but it is still chilly. Not as C-c-c-chilly as you though.
      Keep cosy and I'll visit soon.

  6. Ouch! And then yum :) Sending you peeks on the cheeks instead of hugs and Eskimo kisses from the girls. Take care dear Nessie. I'm off to see if you made the eleven o'clock news. ;)

    1. Hehe...better in that order eh? ;D
      I don't think it made the news but the Paparazzi were near at the time...I think my hubby may well have paid them off, so they'll be no photographs thankfully.
      I'll pop over to your place soon...in the meantime take care especially where curbs are concerned!

  7. Oh Neesie! Wishing you a speedy recovery x

    1. Aww thanks Laura. I'm sure I'll be out and about soon.
      In the meantime it'll give me the opportunity to catch up or even better to create some art.
      Thanks for stopping by...see you soon ;D

  8. oooh dear, that's definitely an oopsie daisie, but with added expletives *!%$*!! Wish I was there to help with the lifting & carrying ;) But I do wish you a speedy recovery. I too, know how those ribs can hurt like blazes, and a wrist or three, but they will heal daily. The first few days are the worst, so be kind to yourself & take it easy.
    I've been lurking, and reading but too lazy to comment. Couldn't pass this one tho' **Cyber hugs**. :o) Mo x

    1. Well hello Mo! Great to have you call in ;D
      I've been wondering how you've been doing but had difficulty sometimes finding you. Your blog looks great and now I'm going to have to spend hours indulging myself in what's going on. I don't want to miss anything.

      I'm not sure if I added the expletives with being such a lady, but they may well have been internal ones going on. Especially when the nurse pressed and twisted to assess what damage I'd done. I think I may even have grabbed her arm when she squeezed my ribs.
      I don't want this to sound dodgy but I like to hear you've been lurking LOL
      and even better that you've stopped to send cyber hugs.
      I'll pop the kettle on and come over to see your space.
      Well the kitchen windows are out just now so I can't do much until the gang leave later.
      Toodleloo for now

  9. YIKES, oooahhh you poor wee thing...of course you were not drunk!! steaming maybe (lol) only joking.... your ribs will be so sore make sure you take the pain relief often...and your stookie (plaster cast) Like Jennifer says get doodling...sending gentle hugs your way.... I hope your hubby can cook & he's a good nurse... Hugs May x x x

    1. I knew you'd feel my pain May...although I'm shocked you would even know the word 'steaming' hehe
      I've taken less pain killers than recommended because I hate taking tablets but when needs must etc
      I've never heard of a stookie before but it's in google too. Fancy that? But then you are in the profession ;D
      But I don't think it will take doodling very well because it's made of gauze. I'll maybe have a little play at the underneath to see how it goes.
      Hubby and son can do their bits so we are managing, but the kitchen windows came out today and the dust is unbelievable...so it'll be a takeaway tonight!
      Thanks for your lovely comment and I send very tentative hugs back to you.

  10. OMG that's not Oopsi daisy that's Oops a huge bunch of flowers and I hope you're being spoilt You poor thing. Did you get a free ride home in the taxi?! I'm hoping that your ribs are not broken and that your painkillers are good :)
    I'm hoping too that you can relax and be creative for the next 6 months? Go wild with your new sleeve tat - at least you can take it off at the end!
    Wren x

    1. Now I like the sound of that Wren...flowers and being spoilt!
      I'm afraid the taxi driver made out he never saw anything, so we paid the full fare.
      I did fall quietly though...just crumbling like a pack of cards ;D
      6 MONTHS...I'll be lucky if I get six hours...you should see my kitchen today. It looks like a crime scene covered by forensic dust. It'll take days to wipe every surface and item even though I used sheets over everything I could. My Aga is white now...not green!
      Hmm...a sleeve tat now there's a thing. My son has one of those which would be fun to wear but I'm not sure he'd approve though. A good wind up though.
      Thanks for your visit...I'll pop across soon ~ promise

  11. Ouch! A strange accident but the explanation is believable. Good thing it wasn't your right hand and I hope it's better soon.
    Get well wishes from Canada.

  12. Oh so sorry to hear about your accident. It sounds like you are making the best of it though.Those ribs probably hurt more than your wrist. Take it easy, and stay out of cabs for a while! :D

  13. Bless your heart! I can relate, sort of. I tore a ligament in my right thumb a couple of years back and had to learn to write with my left hand. I actuallly got pretty good at it, but taking showers, washing and styling hair and applying make-up was a challenge. Get well soon!

  14. Goodness! Glad you are on the mend...I had cracked ribs one time and it is no picknick in the park for sure...I do hope your recovery will go smoothly and hopefully quickly as well...maybe cabin fever will not decide to make camp with you while you recover....maybe a good book to curl up with is in order...get well soon.

  15. Oh you poor thing, argh the ignominy! and the pain..sleeplessness from pain is just the worst. Six weeks seems an age, so I really hope it's only six for the healing process.lemon drizzle is my darling's favourite...so much so that he's asked for it as a valentines gift!!

  16. Gorgeous lady! Blaaaaah.... Booooo.... Yikes! All the thoughts that immediately sprang to mind when I saw those images and then read your tale of woe. So sorry lovely one. I can hardly imagine you sitting on your laurels though (a cake just for the builders... lucky fellas!) I'm hoping the pain subsides for you so that moving around does become a little less... ouch?

    I know I've been a stranger for a while but I do pop in and catch up and whenever I do I'm left smiling. Take care of yourself and (as hard as it may be) remember to ask for help when needed.... people love to help and for someone as special & as thoughtful as you I'm sure they'll feel HONOURED too.... ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

  17. Aw lovely, that doesn't sound good. Living with pain is not nice, but as you say you do adapt. Thankfully you will heal in time and be back to yourself soon I hope. So sending you healing hugs. Gently of course. Take care Zo xx

  18. Oh Neesie, I'm so sorry you are 'in the wars' as mymum used to say. Obviously going to war against a taxi doesn't have a winning option

  19. My ipad has a tendency to lock the comments halfway through as it did then when I tried a correction.
    It all sounds very painful and awkward, but it's good it's not the writing/drawing hand. I shall be sending you good vibes and thinking of you. Good job you are such a positive person. XX

  20. So sorry to hear of your injury. Hope it proves to be the less serious of the two scenarios. The incident certainly sounds like an unusual one. I've heard about many people falling OUT of taxi, but I don't recall hearing about anyone else having fallen into one. Remember: chocolate is a well-known remedy for cracked ribs! :)

  21. OH Neesie, what are we going to do with you, pray tell?! ;) As Rita said, truth is stranger than fiction. So sorry to hear about your injuries and I do hope you recover sooner than later. I'm sure you will laugh about it in years to come. Is that a fibreglass cast? They tend to do them for fractures/breaks now rather than the old plaster types.


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