Well, the week before Thanksgiving I was installing shelving along the wall of my garage. I stepped off my seven foot step ladder two rungs too soon. I did a perfect one point landing on my hip and broke it.
I immediately looked around hoping no one had seen me. No, well that was good news.
Being a coach, I started the check out. Vision good. Head turns right and left; up and down – good. Left arm full range of motion – good. Right arm full range of motion – good. Left leg “aaarrrrggghhhhhhh!” – definitely not good. Right leg “aaarrrrggghhhhhhh!” definitely not good. Use upper body to move lower body. You guessed it “aaarrrrggghhhhhhh!”.
Which takes us back to the what appears NOW to not have been such good news. I am lying on my back in the middle of the garage floor. The garage door is open but a good distance from the street. My wife is in the kitchen baking Christmas cookies with “Jingle Bells” and other holiday songs playing from the living room. My cell phone which I always have with me is charging in the bedroom. I decide to exercise my one and only option and wait as my body becomes aware of what I have done to it and increases the frequency and intensity of pain messages to my brain.
Fortunately within fifteen minutes my wife comes to see if the dog is with me in the garage.
“Have you seen the dog, and what are you doing” she asks?
Fortunately by now the pain has overridden what would have been “Admiring the ceiling of the garage with its dingy shade of white” smart ass remark. “I stepped of the ladder too soon and fell.”
We repeat the first aid questions. The only difference being that she has to move the left leg herself which illicits “aaarrrrggghhhhhhh!” from me. And, before I can stop her she tries moving the right leg. Again,”aaarrrrggghhhhhhh!”
“Should I call 911?” she asks. This is not really as dumb of a question as you might think. You must remember she is talking with the male of the species with whom she has lived for over fifty years.
“Let me think about it.” I reply. Mind you I have been lying on the cold, hard concrete for twenty minutes but still I go through the possibilities. Could my five foot wife drag me to the car and hoist my six foot frame into it? This would not be likely in any universe. What about rolling myself into the trailer for the lawn mower and using the lawn mower to get me to the hospital? That lost plausibiity at the thought of me rolling anywhere. Neighbors? Out of town. Finally, I reluctantly give the what should have been the obvious answer “Call 911”.
Before she leaves to call 911 she turns and asks, “Do you want me to bring you nicer clothes?” as she walks back into the house.