Stumbling In Crutches

imageI am feeling rather sorry for myself. As I write, there is a pair of crutches next to me and I am floating among pink, fluffy clouds thanks to the strong painkillers.

Yesterday I fell quite badly, and to be fair, it wasn’t due to the MS, it was me not looking where I was going.

Unfortunately though, my MS treatment has left me with a tendency to have out-of-proportion bruising, so my leg is now a fabulous riot of colours and has swollen so much I can’t get my jeans on. To top it off, I think the shock of it has increased my nerve pain temporarily so I’m buzzing and tingling all over.

The bruising must be impressive as The Teenager keeps wanting a look at it, saying ‘ewwwwwww’ before taking another look.

All in all, not the best of days. Thank goodness for family and friends. My partner-in-crime at the museum trip (see post below) came up trumps and after making numerous phone calls, tracked down a pair of crutches I can borrow. My mum is carting away loads of laundry for me and drops round food supplies, flowers and news of the outside world.

So, yet again, I am whiling away the hours at home, not studying, not writing up my essay notes and chomping obscene amounts of Maltesers and Bacon Bites. Ho hum. I have worked out how to switch on the fire with a crutch without getting off the sofa, I count down the hours to my next lot of painkillers and The Teenager has had two takeaways in a row.

I’d like to say I have learnt something from this experience, that I will never, ever take my health for granted, but hey, didn’t I just go through all this recently with the whole MS saga? I don’t need any more time out to re-evaluate the direction of my life. Been there, done that, drowned my sorrows.

So I’m off to have another pity party and pop more painkillers. My mum is at the supermarket buying me a tub of prunes. Life goes on…

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20 thoughts on “Stumbling In Crutches

  1. Tony Cardis says:

    It’s nice not to have to blame MS for some things. Feet up enjoy the pampering and come back fighting
    Take care and look after yourself xx

    • stumbling in flats says:

      Thanks Tony!
      It makes a nice change! Just a shame the bruising is so awful, compared to what it should be, but it’s a minor side effect to have such fabulous treatment.
      I am definitely keeping my feet up. Can’t walk for more than 30 seconds or so, but hoping to build on that, lol.

  2. Chris says:

    I am likeing your taste in blog pictures. The crutches look quite arty so contradict your “Is it art?” Post. I did like the Meh too in that one.

    You have some good friends. My top tip is too always ply them with good quality doughnuts and coffee.

    Your bruise sounds quite nasty. I hoe you are taking care getting around the house and also using the bathroom.

    Until your next post, farewell.


    • stumbling in flats says:

      Hi Chris,
      It’s a great juxtaposition from my previous post!
      I do have fabulous friends and they always bring their own donuts, lol.
      I’m taking great care going up and down the stairs, as have fallen down them before!

  3. Jan says:

    Sorry to hear you are laid up, B, even though the land of pink, fluffy clouds sounds (kind of) nice!

    Hope you will soon be up and about.

    Take (extra) care . . .

    Love Jan x

    • stumbling in flats says:

      Thanks Jan!
      The clouds are lovely, a great side effect, lol. I’m going to take it very easy, even though it’s so hard to be spending even more time on the sofa than normal!

  4. Jenny says:

    I’m hoping we don’t need crutches here. My husband hobbled in after windsurfing today, twisted his leg in an “epic wipeout!”. Course he won’t go to hospital, wants to wait til morning. Last summer he broke his arm falling off his mountain bike – the day after my diagnosis!
    He needs looking after more than me! I’ve suggested he takes up chess!
    I hope you’re back on your feet soon but in the meantime make the most of the rest and pampering and yummy treats.
    Jenny x

    • stumbling in flats says:

      Hiya Jenny,
      Blimey, hope he’s ok in the morning! My bruising was far worse this morning than yesterday. It looked like just a nasty graze when it happened. Now, I have a super-sized thigh and blood blisters, ewww.
      I am going to chill big time tonight. The essay can wait, lol.

  5. Poor SIF! Very sorry to hear about your spill. Sounds nasty, and I believe at last you’ve earned a bruise that beats my supersize American bruise! (Will work on toppling into a canal a la Katharine Hepburn in “Summertime” to see if I can whip up a gross bruise and amuse you in the process.)

    Are the prunes medicinal or a treat? My parents eat them, lol, so I associate them with, well, YOU KNOW. (Bacon Bites? Different from Bacon Butties?)

    Hope you’re able to enjoy trashy magazines and TV while recuperating on pink clouds of wicked drugs.

    • stumbling in flats says:

      Oh yes, my bruise is SPECTACULAR and I don’t even have any jellybeans to console me, meh. I have taken photos, but too gruesome to publish, lol.
      The prunes wot my mum bought are, ahem, medicinal. Apparently all the painkillers I’m are ‘not good for my system’. And bacon bites are lovely crisps, shaped like little rashers of bacon. Very moreish. I highly recommend them!
      I am off to pop more pills, pop on the pasta and pop myself on the sofa….

  6. Samantha Thompson says:

    Ouch! Sorry to hear of your fall.
    Good ol Mums eh! My mum would be doing exactly the same, stocking up on all the nicies for me. Is your new cat snuggling up to you or running for cover away from the crutches?

    Take care

    • stumbling in flats says:

      Hi Sam,
      Mum’s are just fab. Don’t know what I would have done without her.
      Dora is all over me like a rash! She’s probably enjoying me being at home, bless her. Mind you, she does wake me up early for food every morning by bouncing on my legs. Not the best start to the day 🙁

  7. Mark says:

    Enjoy the rest while you are healing

    • stumbling in flats says:

      Thanks Mark,
      I’m chilling with the Saturday papers and wondering if I’m brave enough to watch the first episode of Hanibal.
      Time for more painkillers!

  8. Tricia says:

    So great to read again, even people close don’t understand. Hope your bruising getting better. Have you watched Hanibal yet, I am working up to watch it. Does look good.

    • stumbling in flats says:

      Hi there!
      Bruising seems to be growing, which is odd. Still can’t weight bear much, so taking it easy.
      Funnily enough, I watched the first episode of Hanibal this morning. Absolutely loved it, very well made and the actor is so creepy!

  9. Karnie says:

    I’m reading this and thinking ‘How bizarre’.

    I too have MS & I also fell rather spectacularly (a week before you). At a petrol station I ended up wedged between my car & the kerb of the petrol pump. Once approached by a concerned lady (“are you okay?” I was on my back beetle-like and unable to move!) Suddenly I was surrounded by lovely people all offering help.

    My bruises are still healing too, but much better than they were. So hang in there.

    BTW: have you heard of the MS diet for women? Google it, if not now but one day you may consider it; took me 6 years.

    Do you mind me asking, what is the fabulous treatment you’re on?

    • stumbling in flats says:

      Hi there!
      It’s just taking so darned long, it’s starting to annoy me! These things are sent to try us, eh?
      I haven’t heard of the MS diet for Women – on my list to check out. Failing that I need a miracle, lol.
      I’ve been lucky enough to have had Campath (Alemtuzumab) treatment and so far, I haven’t had a relapse since last May. Still got the same symptoms and still get minor flare ups, but nothing new to add to my collection. It’s a brilliant treatment and just hoping it passes into mainstream usage. All depends on the final price.
      thanks for your comment!

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