Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Ice-1, Patty-0

I’m off to a great start here in Misawa- on Sunday I slipped on some ice and broke my arm. Here is the story (typed with one hand):

On Saturday I saw my first ever snow storm. Watching from the warm comfy indoors, it was pretty awesome. When it was time to go out in it, I was less thrilled. We decided (stupidly, I might add) to walk to Corey’s friend’s house to hang out and have some fun that night since we were getting pretty sick and tired of sitting around in our hotel room. Unfortunately Corey’s friend lives like 2 miles from where we’re staying. Not a big deal if the weather is nice, whole different story in the snow…

So we start walking. It’s kind of cool- fluffy white snow you just sink into, throwing snowballs and all that jazz. With each step the snow comes up to mid-calf. My shoes and pants were completely NOT snow appropriate (I’ll pay anyone who can tell me what I was thinking when I shipped our boots with our household goods, arriving in February) and very soon my feet and lower legs were soaked and freezing cold. But we made it without too much trouble, and aside from the cold it was actually kind of fun to walk through town and see things. We stopped for a delicious bowl of hot ramen on the way, which was to die for. Overall, not too bad of a walk.

We got to Corey’s friend’s house and had some good times watching movies, hanging out and having a few drinks. We go to bed happy and warm.

The next day, we go outside to walk back to our place, and all that lovely snow had frozen into solid ice. We begin walking, and soon realize that we’re screwed. We’re slipping and sliding with each tentative step. Now a group of smart people might have thought, “Hmm, it would probably be prudent to take a taxi or go back to the house and call someone for a ride, because this is ridiculous.” We, unfortunately, are not those smart people. We decide we’re going to make it on foot, and after an hour and a half of the slowest “walking” (in quotes because it was really more scooting across the ice than it was walking) you’ve ever seen, we are about 50 yards from the front gate of base. We breathe a sigh of relief- the end is in sight, we’re almost there!!

Then I take another step and, like in the cartoons, fly up with all 4 limbs in the air and land with an elbow pound to the icy ground. *crack* Was that the ice or my arm? After lying on the ground for a while, I try to stand up, but every time I’m on my feet I begin seeing spots, getting really woozy, and generally feeling like I’m going to pass out. There was no way I could walk at that point, and no way Corey or his friend could carry me on that ice, so Corey’s friend went to go get help on base while we waited in the freezing cold for 45 freaking minutes. By the time the ambulance came, I could stand and walk again, but was so unbelievably cold I couldn’t stop shaking for the next 3 hours.

At the hospital they took x-rays of my arm, but because it was Sunday, the hospital was closed and there was no one there who could READ the x-rays, so they couldn’t tell me if it was broken (lame, but whatever). They put my arm in a sling, gave me Motrin and told me to come back tomorrow. I did, and it was determined that my arm was indeed broken (obviously- even I could see it with no trouble, so I’m not sure what the problem was the previous day). So I got splinted up, got some more Motrin, and was sent on my way.

So that’s my story. I’ll go back to have it looked at on Friday once the swelling goes down. I’m hoping the pain will decrease and I’ll be able to do all the things on the agenda this week. I’ll be thinking “quick-healing” thoughts!

9 comments:

Stephanie said...

Oh my goodness! Patty, I hope that the swelling has gone down and you are in much less pain. ::Swish swish:: That's me, virtually signing your cast! Feel better!

Stefanie K. said...

Oh my God. No. WOW! I can't believe that happened! So crazy...I can't even imagine ice like that that is so hard and slick and crazy different than the night before that you couldn't even walk on it. You poor thing. Only Motrin? Sounds like you deserve something a little more intense for all your pain. You poor thing! :(

Reagan said...

I hope you feel better soon!

Kaitlyn said...

Oh my word, I pray you heal very fast. That's awful-- I know how ice is, living in Michigan. I'd ask for something better than Motrin, by the way :)

haljoachim said...

I remember flying up in the air just as I was walking into the parking lot at work in Sam Ash Music in New York on an icy day about 35 years ago. People yelled "Are you OK?" It was like a stunt in a movie. I felt like I shot straight up, legs and arms flailing around. I was lucky and just happened to land right.
Are you alright now? - Dad

Purple said...

Nooooooo!! What an awful way to get started in your new home!!

I'm so sorry... happy thoughts for quick healing......

haljoachim said...

Patty, Right now I'm using dad's id to try out this comment - but it's me. I hope your arm is feeling better. Looking forward to the next entry. Love, Mom

Zoe said...

Oh no! I hope it heals up fast. You're one heck of a good one-handed typist!

Margery said...

On NO! I'm so sorry to hear about your accident. You sound in amazingly positive spirits considering. Not a very welcoming introduction to snowy weather! Which arm is it? You are pretty talented and patient to type all that with just one arm (I've had a lot of practice one-arm typing since Bea was born but am NOT as patient)...and I'm glad because it's such fun reading all your observations and stories about Japan. Keep them coming! And best wishse for a speedy recovery. =)