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For Americans, you'll get the joke of the title from an old commercial.

I'm glad Kalleh shared with some of you about my injury. I thought I'd share the whole story (partly cuz I'm bored, partly cuz it'll save me retyping it several times).

I fell on the ice in my library's parking lot last Friday, Jan 30. As far as I can remember, my right knee hyper-extended as I fell, and it hurt like . . .well . . . it hurt lots. According to the resident in the ER, I probably dislocated my knee, and I definitely got a fracture in my tibia, also leaving a bone chip in my knee.

For the moment, I'm on Percoset and Ibuprofen, staying in my recliner, and keeping it up. I move it a few times a day to get to the bathroom and back.

I'll see the surgeon Wednesday morning to get a plan - either surgery or something else.

I'm also posting updates on my blog , if you're interested. Thank you all for sending along notes of encouragement and thoughtfulness. I really appreciate them all.


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Hello CW.

Although it surely won't help all that much - at least you can take some consolation in the fact that you surely won't be the only one to have thus suffered!

But plenty of rest must be the best bet and, of course, our best wishes for your speedy recovery might also help.


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CW, we are so sorry. That black ice is treacherous, isn't it? You can't see it until you're down on the ground.

I hope your appointment goes well on Wednesday. Please know that we're all thinking about you.
 
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We've had our annual couple of days of the country grinding to a complete halt because there's a bit of snow (and by anybody else's standards it is just a bit).
The ice can be treacherous though. In my short walk from the station to the college this morning I skidded a couple of times, thankfully without falling, and I saw two people end up flat on their backs in falls that really could have hurt them badly, though both said they were fine when I offered to help.
 
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Last week, the end of my driveway froze over and I went down it tossing salt to melt it. I slipped and landed on my butt and one leg, resulting in the worst case of black-and-blue ass ever seen in this county.

The worst part was I couldn't get up, since the ice was too slick, the hill was too steep, and my legs just aren't what they once were. No one was around to help and my wife didn't know I had gone out. Luckily, about ten minutes later, she saw me through the window and literally had to toss me a rope so I could pull myself to where I could stand.

I love New England in winter.


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Next time, make sure your wife grabs the video camera before the rope. There are TV programs that pay good money for that kind of thing.

Hope your buttocks are now fully recovered. Smile
 
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Hey Cat.
I'm sorry you got hurt, but it sounds like they gave you some lovely appetizers to go with a martini!
Enjoy the pretty colors...
 
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So the title of this chapter of Caterwauler's Autoiography sounds like the name of a monument in Paris. ... ..... ........ Cool
 
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CW, how did your appointment go? What did the good doctor say? I should probably just go and read your blog. Yes, read. I had cataract surgery this a.m. in the right eye, am low vision in the left eye, and yet, here I am reading from a computer screen with greatly enlarged type only a few hours later! Much easier and better than I feared. I hope your healing continues to progress and that the City of Columbus is feeling chastened for its negligence!

Wordmatic

P.S. Edit: Ok, I do see the answer to my question in your blog. here Sorry you have to wait another week to get more answers, so just keep getting your beauty rest!
 
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Yes, WM found out, but I'll share here, too. The Dr. said he needs to send me to someone who is more of a specialist in knee injuries. I've most likely damaged my ACL, which is a bummer. I'll see the next Dr next Tuesday afternoon. Sigh.

Thank you all for your good wishes!


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The ice can be treacherous though. In my short walk from the station to the college this morning I skidded a couple of times, thankfully without falling, and I saw two people end up flat on their backs in falls that really could have hurt them badly, though both said they were fine when I offered to help.

Actually that is an example of why we have difficulty in the snow. In countries where they get a lot of snow, everyone, from individuals to Governments, is prepared. But how many individuals in England have studded snow boots? Or have snow chains for their cars?

"What? Buy boots that cost thirty quid when I'll only need them once every ten or twenty years? Chains that I'll only need once or twice in my lifetime? You must be joking!" And the same could be said at every level. Why spend millions of pounds on snowploughs that sit around for years on end, simply to avoid problems once every couple of decades?

Remember, the UK (even Scotland) has a very moderate climate. The snowfall in London was the last significant fall for nearly 20 years and, whereas we might have done better, spending millions on equipment isn't the way to do it.

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We in Portland, Oregon have ice storms every winter, but State law forbids using salt on the roads. However, we've got gobs of gritty volcanic vomit hereabouts, so that gets tossed on the ice. Nevertheless, when the yuppies move in from warmer climes, climb into their four-wheel-drive Jeep clones, and think, "I can drive on anything," the comedy ensues!

Keep us posted, Cat! Hope you're enjoying all those pain pills! :-)
 
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Individually, some of us don't even know how to deal with snow. When I came home from work I noticed that a neighbour had cleared their front drive and the pavement (sidewalk) in front of the house suspiciously effectively. I gingerly tested the path, and, sure enough, it was a thin sheet of black ice. Almost certainly the fool had poured hot water onto the snow to melt it. Of course, the water froze almost immediately, forming a death-trap of ice.


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When I lived in Colorado I observed that people seem to forget between winters how to drive on icey snowpacked roads. During and after the first snowfall of the season they slide off the roads and often collide with each other. As winter progresses there are fewer and fewer such events ..... seasonal cycles.

But here in Hawaii all of that is in my Nightmare Memory file ...
 
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people seem to forget between winters how to drive on icey snowpacked roads

I imagine many are first-time or inexperienced drivers in their first encounter with icy roads.


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But how many individuals in England have studded snow boots? Or have snow chains for their cars?
I doubt that many in the U.S. do, either. We surely don't in Chicago. Snow chains may be used in places like Minnesota or Buffalo, but not here in Chicago where we get lots of snow. I've never even heard of studded snow boots.

Asa, you can't use salt in Portland? I can't imagine that!
 
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I've never even heard of studded snow boots.

These are the kinds of things I meant http://www.cosikids.co.uk/snow...3Px5gCFcST3wodABHO0Q


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Well I suppose we have some boots like that, but mine are a little cuter than those. Wink
 
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When we lived in Upstate New York, where we drove on snow and walked on snow every day for six months out of every year, I always had really great snow boots with good treads on the soles. Our town had a whole fleet of snowplows and they used salt on the roads.

Here in Pennsylvania, I have a pair of hiking boots with good treads on the soles for bad snow days, but not proper snow boots. The town has dump trucks with plow blades for snowy days and they sometimes only salt at the intersections, to save on the salt budget. Very dangerous!

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I am having surgery tomorrow on my leg - pins, a plate, maybe some cadaver bone graft, etc, probably about 5:00 EST.

My hospital room has wifi (yay!), so as soon as I feel up to it I can get back online - probably sometime Friday.

For complete updates, check out my blog.


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Well, I thought they didn't need to do surgery. Good luck with your surgery. We'll be thinking about you. I'd better check your Blog!
 
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Has anyone heard how CW is doing after her surgery?
 
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Yes, I did get an email from her. She is doing better, though not wonderful. Damn ice!
 
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Looks like I'll be going home tomorrow! I still can't navigate stairs at all, but I have some exercises for building my upper body strength, and I"m sure by the end of all of this I'm going to be really buff!

In the meantime, a dear friend of mine (my friend who plays Hammered Dulcimer, for those of you who came to the gathering) is going to build me a ramp to my back door, so I'll be able to go home tomorrow and wheel in to the house!

Thanks for all your thoughts - I'll update again soon.

c


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Checking in to let you all know I'm home now, living my recliner again. My friend Nick finished the ramp this evening, but it wasn't done when I arrived here. He and Mike got me inside, though, with the wheelchair and brute strength.

All is well.

cw


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Oh, this must be hard for you. How soon before you can get up and be normal again?
 
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