Tuesday, June 10, 2008

How I Spent My Summer Vacation - Vol. I

So, yesterday was officially my first day of summer vacation. It was filled with possibility, hope, and dreams of chasing my little men around the backyard, practicing our jumping skills, and doing "ring around the rosie" for the zillionth time, as per my pumpkin's request. Hmmm. We all know what Robert Burns wrote about "the best laid plans of mice and men," right?

Somehow, as I was chasing my second-born into the kitchen, the corner of the dining room managed to come to life and get stuck between my forth toe and my little toe. I'm not exactly sure how it happened; I just remember the screaming. And for all of you who don't already know this, most people would probably agree that I tend to be a fairly quiet person. And certainly, around my boys, I really don't want to scare them or add to their already overly dramatic repertoire of boy noises. But I screamed so much that my throat hurt almost as bad as my toe.

Fast forward through the hobbling of the next few hours until I realized that purple and green look decidedly odd against each other on a toe, and I called our local medical center. It is open late, so I usually prefer to go there instead of subjecting my children to come with me when I need to seek medical attention. I spoke to a nurse I will laughingly call "Sue" -- not because she bears any resemblance to my mother-in-law, but because when I asked if I should be seen, she said, "I can't advise you that over the phone or you could sue." Oh, okay. Well, can you tell me if I should "buddy tape" it to the next toe until I can come in? "Again, you could sue." But wouldn't the doctor just buddy tape it even if it is broken? "Ma'am, you could sue." You get the picture. When I finally did go in while the boys were eating dinner, the same nurse actually saw me. And she saw the toe. And then she actually apologized for her lack of bedside manner but still swore up and down that I could have sued her for giving me information over the phone. Irony? The woman sitting next to me in the waiting room was the most wonderful woman who just happens to be the on-call pediatric nurse at the boy's doctor's office. I thanked her (as I always do) profusely for her sweet, caring nature, and for always giving such great advice....over the phone.

Anyway, in case there was any doubt, the toe is broken. And I have had several broken toes before (as well as a run-in with my heel and a rusty lawnmower, a jelly jar that broke on my foot, and multiple fractures in my foot at Disney World that I walked on for over two weeks because my then-boyfriend's family -- who brought me along -- thought it was just a bruise), but my toe never hurt like this.

To (literally) add insult to injury, I did more damage after returning home from said medical center. Now, folks, do not try this at home. I am a professional klutz, not a mere novice like many others I know. I can perform feats with my feet that even I cannot explain. Which is why I can't tell you my secret regarding how I managed to do this; I don't even know. All I do know is that the corner of the hallway also managed to jump out at me as I was attempting to hobble upstairs to my bedroom, in the exact spot as before between the exact same toes, only this time it had been buddy taped, so there was much more resistance. Yeah. And can I also recount the two times since this happened that my darling pumpkin succeeded in first bumping my toe and then full-out stomping on it (with sneakers on)? I guess I needed another good cry.

So, with two little klutzy-by-nature boys running around, and having to actually use my feet every day (and only being able to get my foot in one pair if shoes that didn't hurt as badly as the others; for goodness sake, the sheets bother me at night when they are on my toe!), I don't foresee a quick recovery. But since you have been so patient (if I haven't lost you by now), I will allow you to see the monstrosity that is my littlest piggy. I am sure if it could, it would cry all the way home.

Whatever you do, please do not click this picture to enlarge it. I normally see my feet from more than 5' away, so I never noticed how badly I could really use a good pedicure and some foot lotion (not like that would happen any time soon, anyway!). But let this serve as a warning to all of you: watch out for those corners!


Kristin said...

Oh my gosh!!!! That seriously hurts just looking at it! OUCH!!! I've stubbed a toe or two in my day, but never have I ever had it that bad! (Making you feel better, aren't I?) LOL

Anderson Family said...

I feel your pain. I ran into a door a few weeks ago and did the same thing to one of my toes. Isn't it funny how when you break a toe, everyone and everything seems to bump into it?

Lisa said...

Ouch! That hurts so bad to hit your little toe! It looks awful! I hope it doesn't hurt as much as it looks like it does. If I were you, I would sue the room.

Oh, and yes, I did schedule all the disney pictures to post before I left. I took my computer thinking I could work some at night (at my Aunt's house), but never could get Internet access except for a couple of times on her computer. I am back live now! ;-)

kathy said...

Oh Good Gracious - I have an upset stomach just looking at it.

Wow ! Did the medical center do that super professional looking taping? (lol)Couldn't they have put something a little more rigid on to give you some protection?

Call me if you need anything.

Gemma said...

Holey Moley! That is awful! It looks beyond painful! I'll bet Cameron is being very solicitous and helpful, yes?

Can I do something? Do you want me to come down?

Tamara said...

Eeesh, I hate banging my toes...and just at the beginning of the flip-flop wearing season. What a shame.

My students have 1 more week of school and then we're out too, but I am teaching summer school this year.

As for the $200 Canon Rebel XT digital camera...that was a lot of work, frankly, and is not for novice bargainers, but I will tell you how I did it.

The first thing I did was visit my local Best Buy to see who had the camera in stock still. It is being discontinued, so its out of stock just about everywhere. However, a couple of Best Buys in the LA area still had the floor model. I had my local Best Buy look on the computer to see which stores they were. Then we packed up the twins and drove out to downtown LA to see one. It was pretty banged up and didn't have any accessories, charger, battery, manual nor box, so I talked them into selling it at a little more than half price off(I wanted more than that but they had a base of $200), knowing that I could find all the accessories online.

When we got it home and inserted a battery, we discovered that it was non operational, so we went to another Best Buy that had another floor model w/o accessories and the box and talked them into selling it for $200 as well. But, this time, I purchased the $30 two year warranty just to be on the safe side. This one worked when we inserted the battery and we took the other one back. This is one of the good things about Best Buy. They will bargain the floor models but also take them back w/in 14 days if there's a problem.

Even though it was a major hassle, so far, the Rebel takes great photos and I thank Kelly for the recommendation. I only have two of the Rebel's pictures on my blog right now but take a look anyway.

oh, and I even picked up a great camera bag being clearanced for $5.

Peanuts and Pumpkins said...

OH You POOR Thing! I hurt just looking at it (and I took your warning to heart and did not click to enlarge). :) Ouch! Man, when you get the little toe on something it really just brings tears to your eyes doesn't it! Ugh. Did they give you any pain killer? Ice, Ice, Ice. More ice. I feel so bad for you!!! I can't believe you posted that photo!!! What we won't do for an interesting blog, huh? At least you can still type! :)

Kristin said...

Sarah - well, I couldn't very well tell that entire story and then not show you how bad it really was, could I? I didn't want anyone to think I was exaggerating!
Now you know! ;)

Kelly said...

I am in physical pain just READING this, but I actually had to put my hand over the photo after seeing it briefly once. I. Just. Can't. Look. OOOUUUCCCHHH!

Amy Jo said...

Ouch....You did a great job banging that up. It looks like someone took a hammer to it. You need to avoid the flip flops this summer and start wearing those metal reinforced toe boots.