What is it about the holidays that seems to accentuate the possibility for bodily injury and harm? Are we more merry, and therefore less inclined to be wary of potential hazards? Is it the alcohol? The parties? Are we overly distracted by all that needs to be accomplished? Or is it simply more notable because when you become injured over the holidays it affects the entire season with regard to how you enjoy it?
Two weeks ago I was attending a holiday party at a friend’s house and as I was walking through a gated entryway into a courtyard the entire world tipped itself over and I found myself crashing down onto both of my knees and then face down on the sidewalk. What the hell just happened? I sat up, but couldn’t get up. The pain in my knees and shins was instantaneous, yet after a few moments I knew nothing was broken. After a quick assessment of how and why I fell, Dan hoisted me up and I hobbled to the front door. It turns out there was a very tiny step, about three inches deep right where you entered the courtyard from the gate. Apparently I missed that step. My cousin visiting from Michigan was with us and at one point she said, “I’m not gonna lie to you, that wasn’t even a little bit graceful.”
After walking into the party and greeting the hosts, I asked if they had a security camera on their front walkway. They said they didn’t, but they were curious as to why I would ask. So I said, “Well, I just ate shit on your front step and I wanted to be sure no one was going to watch that on instant replay or put it on You-tube.”
About thirty minutes later I could feel my heartbeat in my knees. They were throbbing terribly and stinging like crazy. I excused myself to the restroom and discovered that I had skinned both knees pretty badly. I was bleeding under my pants and the skin was already swelling and turning purple and blue with bruises. I had to mostly sit during the gathering because standing was so painful, and I wasn’t about to draw more attention to myself by asking my hosts for a bag of frozen peas to help with the swelling. Good times.
After we got home, I grabbed four Advil and two large therapy ice packs from my freezer and got comfortable on the couch. Dan and my cousin weren’t done having fun yet, so they walked to a local bar to have a few more drinks. About an hour later I got a text from Dan saying, “I ate shit on a curb in solidarity. I’m ok.” It turns out he missed the curb when he was walking home and did a full body yard-sale into the street. His knees were also skinned and bruised. We make quite the pair, don’t we?
It’s been two weeks since I fell and the bruising is almost gone. The skin has healed, mostly, but I still have tenderness in my knees. The other day I forgot about the injury and tried to kneel down on the wood floor to light the fireplace. That was a mistake. I ended up flopping over like I was having a seizure to take the pressure off the injury. It scared the hell out of my son.
And yesterday, my neighbor texted me that she was at urgent care. While walking down her stairs she missed a step and took a tumble. Thankfully, her ankle wasn’t broken but they sent her home in an air cast. My mother-in-law also recently fell and she did break her knee cap. Just cracked her patella right in two. She now has metal screws holding her knee cap together.
So seriously, I think I’m going to start a club. I need help thinking of a name though, and more members. A club has to have more than four members. So if you’ve ever eaten shit on the stairs, we want to hear your story!
Happy Holidays! 🙂